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"Corn Island" wins top prize at Czech film festival

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 01:39

''Corn Island'' by Georgian director George Ovashvili wins the biggest prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Francis Maguire reports.

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Laura Dern was the main star at the closing ceremony of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The "Jurassic Park" actor shook hands with fans before going on to hand out the award for best actor. Dern looked on as dancers moved across the stage at a rather wet looking opening to the ceremony. But the big winner on the night was the Georgian film "Corn Island", which picked up the Crystal Globe. The movie was directed by George Ovashvili. SOUNDBITE Film Director, George Ovashvili, saying (English): "It's a big honour for me to be here and to get this great big award I really didn't expect, but I am happy, I am really glad." "Corn Island" is a psychological drama based on a tiny island near the border between Georgia and the breakaway province of Abkhazia. It follows an old peasant and his granddaughter trying to grow corn on the island between annual floods. It's the second film Ovashvili has made that looks at the conflict between Georgia and Russia over Abkhazia. And finding the right lead actress proved a big challenge for the director. SOUNDBITE Film Director, George Ovashvili, saying (English): "I don't know, maybe around 5,000 girls we had during the casting, and finally I did not have result which I was looking for and one day my friend sent me just a photo by e-mail," he told a news conference ahead of the ceremony. Tens of thousands attended the Karlovy Vary festival, which screened a grand total of 245 films.

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"Corn Island" wins top prize at Czech film festival

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 01:39

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