The Karlovy Vary Film Festival has ended with the presentation of awards to celebrities and luminaries of international cinema. The festival in the Czech resort city presented 220 films from around the world. Daily Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart headed this year's grand jury.
Comic American actor Danny Davito was honored with a Crystal Globe Award for his many contributions to film and for the laughter he has brought filmgoers. Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur won the Financial Award for his film "Jar City."
Best director was Noway's Bard Breien for his film "The Art of Negative Thinking".
Bard Breien, director of "The Art of Negative Thinking", said, "I have been asked many times by journalists why we in Scandinavia are obsessed by making films about depressive people like alcoholics, etc. Tonight, we have success in Eastern Europe and I think you are depressed just as we are."
Elvira Manguez won best actress for her role in the Spanish film "Pudor" and Sergey Puskepalis was awarded best actor for the Russian film "Simple Things".