'Terribly Happy' tops Karlovy Vary


A 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 and 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 film "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 May's Festival de Cannes.

Nikita Mikhalkov's "12," a modern Russian version of "12 Angry Men" that was nominated for a best foreign-language film 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."

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, also was honored. (partialdiff)