History 43rd festival

Antonio Banderas

Robert De Niro: Two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro added a Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema to his collection. The presence of a living legend was a big event at the festival.

Awards

The festival juries awarded the best films of the 43rd Karlovy Vary IFF on July 12, 2008

Grand Prix - Crystal Globe
Terribly Happy / Frygtelig Lykkelig
Director: Henrik Ruben Genz
Denmark 2008

Special Jury Prize
The Photograph
Director:Nan T. Achnas
Indonesia, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden 2007

Best Director
Alexey Uchitel
for the film Captive / Plennyj
Russia, Bulgaria 2008

Best Actress
Martha Issová
for the film Night Owls / Děti noci
Czech Republic 2008

Best Actor
Jiří Mádl
for the film Night Owls / Děti noci
Czech Republic 2008

You can find a complete overview of KVIFF award winners in the final press release.

Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee: Christopher Lee has played many a villain, but always with undeniably elegance. It was unsurprisingly with that same air of elegance that he took the Festival President’s Award.

Poster 2009

Statistics

Total accredited visitors 10 872, of which:

  • Festival Passes 9 054
  • filmmakers 309
  • film industry professionals 886
  • journalists 623
  • tickets sold 143 781
  • screenings 477

Of the 235 films presented at the festival there were 56 world, international or European premieres.

John Malkovich

Ivan Passer:A Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema was also received by Czech director Ivan Passer, not only for his immortal work Intimate Lighting.

The Grand Jury

  • Ivan Passer, jury president
  • Brenda Blethyn
  • Ari Folman
  • Ted Hope
  • Jan P. Muchow
  • Johanna ter Steege
  • Vilmos Zsigmond
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