Refugee drama wins Karlovy Vary grand prix

Photo: KVIFF Dlegation to the film As Far as I Can Walk

The refugee drama As Far as I Can Walk by Serbian director Stefan Arsenijević has won the Grand Prix Crystal Globe of the 55th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic. A co-production of Serbia, Bulgaria, France, Luxembourg and Lithuania, the film tells the story of a couple who left their home Ghana to seek a better life in Europe. Ibrahim Koma picked up the Best Actor Award for his starring role in the film.

For Arsenijević, the award comes with a grant to the tune of about €22,000.

Dietrich Brüggemann took the Best Director Award for his tragicomedy Noe.

The festival honoured American actor and director Ethan Hawke and Czech director Jan Sverak with a special Festival President’s Award for their contributions to cinema. The Karlovy Vary film festival is among Europe’s oldest and is famed for its relaxed atmosphere. More than 100,000 cinema tickets were sold during the week, according to the organisers.

Last year’s edition of the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, attendees were required to present proof of vaccination or a recent negative test for Covid-19.

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