History 43rd festival

July 4 - 12, 2008

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.


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


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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