KVIFF was also full of wonderful retrospectives. Master and Commander: The Other Side of the World wraps Peter Weir’s feast of masculine tenderness into a maritime epic and screened in 35mm. John Cassavetes’ romantic screwball “Minnie and Moskowitz” was also screened. But the biggest highlight was curator Joseph Fahim’s richly programmed series on mid-century Japanese author Yasuzo Masumura (1924-1986). Of the 11 Masamura films that were screened, I was lucky enough to see four: Akai Tenshi, Aozora Maiden, Bad Soldiers, and Wife’s Confession. Even just a small taste of the series shows how adaptable director Masamura is, especially when criticizing the actions of the Japanese military during World War II, the concept of the nuclear family, and the country’s outdated gender roles. It gave me a clue as to whether it was correct.
During the evening’s closing ceremony, which included a screening of “Champions” directed by Bobby Farrelly, several well-deserved photographs were honored. Bulgarian film director Stefan Komdareff’s “Lessons in Braga” won the Grand Prix at the main Crystal Globe Competition. Behrooz Karamizade’s “Empty Nets” won the Special Jury Prize. Director Babak Jalali won Best Director for his black-and-white indie film Fremont. Herbert Nordrum won Best Actor for “Hypnotism”. Eli Skorceva won Best Actress for her performance in Braga’s Lesson, Cyril Alice’s documentary Dancing on the Edge of the Volcano received a Special Jury Prize, and Vincent Pérez’s The Blade Blade’ captivated Pravo audiences. Award.
In the Proxima competition, South Korean film director Yoo Ji-young won the top prize of $15,000 for “Birth.” Indian director Sauraf Rai won the Special Jury Prize of $10,000 for Guras. Brutal Heat, directed by Czech director Albert Vospodarzsky, won the Special Jury Prize.
Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe receives Crystal Globe Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema; Oscar winners Alicia Vikander, Ewan McGregor and Robin Wright receive Film Festival Chairman’s Award was awarded. Czech actress Daniela Korazova has been awarded the Festival President’s Award for her contribution to Czech cinematography (cinematography is synonymous with the whole art of cinema).