The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic just wrapped up its 41st annual event. The festival's particular focus is Eastern European films ... and yet an American film took the festival's biggest prize this year. Sherrybaby has won the Crystal Globe Grand Prix award for best picture. It's pleasant (and rare) to see a film written and directed by a woman (Laurie Collyer) taking home a festival's top award. In addition, Sherrybaby's star Maggie Gyllenhaal won the festival's best actress award. Cinematical's Kim Voynar saw the film at Sundance and attended a Q&A with the cast and director Laurie Collyer.

Eastern European films fared better in other award categories, however. Special jury prizes went to Christmas Tree Upside Down, a Bulgarian/German film, and Beauty in Trouble, from the Czech Republic. A full list of awards is available from Alternative Film Guide.

[via GreenCine Daily]
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