The charismatic British actor with two Oscar nominations Jude Law, the prominent Russian Oscar-winning director Nikita Mikhalkov, the Oscar winning director Jan Sverak for the film Kolya and his loyal pink companion Kooky , Thelma Schoonmaker who is the exclusive editor of Martin Scorsese films and three times Oscar-winner, or the acting and filmmaking talent Adrian Grenier became the most sought-after figures of the 45th International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary.
Central Europe's most prestigious film feast is traditionally held during the first week of July and as usual, lured by the picturesque spa town, were not only a number of Czech and international celebrities, but also thousands of film eager viewers who were given the opportunity to enjoy more than two hundred quality films from around the world. This year was marked by the presentation of attractive films that were previously awarded at festivals in Berlin, Cannes and Venice; and paid tribute to Belgian cinematography and the exceptional Czechoslovak film-makers Karel Vachek and Juraj Herz, this year's festival also brought a number of interesting directorial debuts, including the very first Greenlandic film.
The most awaited moment this year was, as every year, the closing ceremony and the awards presentation in selected categories. The Spanish director Agustí Vila was awarded the 'Grand Prix', a crysal globe, for his film 'The Mosquito Net'. The Special Jury Prize was awarded for Kooky, the ambitious and creative puppet animation film for children. Rajko Grlić was presented with the best director award for the Croatian-Serbian-Slovenian film 'Just Between Us'. The French actress Anaïs Demoustier was chosen for the best actress award for her performance in the film 'Sweet Evil', the talented Polish actors Mateusz Kościukiewicz and Filip Garbacz shared the award for best actor for their performance as murderers in the film 'Mother Teresa of Cats'. Among other competition prize winners were Russian and Iranian films. Awards for best documentary films were given for the Swedish film 'Familia' and the Lithuanian film 'The River'. The winner of traditional Award for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema was Nikita Michalkov.
An integral part of the festival's tradition is a unique series of festival trailers involving previous crystal globe winners and directed by Ivan Zacharias. Last years crystal globe winner John Malkovich had his trailer introduced for the first time this year, thus ranking him among artists such as Danny de Vito, Andy Garcia and Czech-born directors Milos Forman, Vera Chytilova and Jiri Menzel whose trailers have already been running for some time.