'Terribly Happy' tops Karlovy Vary fest

Robert De Niro, Danny Glover among honorees

KARLOVY VARY, Czech Republic -- The modern Danish Western "Terribly Happy" was named best film in the official competition at the 43rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which ended Saturday.

The film, directed by Henrik Ruben Genz, took home the Grand Prix Crystal Globe. A special jury prize was given to "The Photograph," a story set in Indonesia directed by Singapore's Nan T. Achnas. Russia's Alexey Uchitel was named best director for his war picture "Captive."

The best film award in the major sidebar East of the West went to Kazakhstan director Sergey Dvortsevoy's "Tulpan," which won the top prize in Un Certain Regard at this year's Festival de Cannes.

Nikita Mikhalkov's "12," a modern Russian version of "12 Angry Men" that was nominated for a best foreign-language Oscar, won the audience award and British director James Marsh's "Man on Wire" was named best feature documentary.

Special jury mentions went to Polish/Czech film "The Karamazovs," directed by Petr Zelenka, and Hungary's "The Investigator," directed by Attila Gigor. Martha Issova and Jiri Madl were named best actress and actor for the Czech film "Night Owls."

Actors Robert De Niro, Danny Glover, Christopher Lee and Armin Mueller-Stahl were among those who received awards for outstanding contributions to world cinema. Czech director Ivan Passer, who was chairman of the jury for the official competition, was similarly honored.
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