The winners of the Festival (from the KVIFF website)

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August 28, 2021The Crystal Globe for the best film of the 55th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic) goes to Serbian "As Far as I Can Walk". Directed by Stefan Arsenijević, it tells the plight of refugees through a couple who leave Ghana for Europe. The film completes its triumph by also obtaining the award for best actor, which goes to Ibrahim Koma, and a special mention for the director of photography, Jelena Stanković.

Special Jury Prize for the documentary "Every Single Minute", by Czech Erika Hníková. The German Dietrich Brüggemann wins the award for best director with "Nö", while the Canadian Éléonore Loiselle is the best actress for "Wars", by Nicolas Roy. 

Two other special mentions go to the British Vinette Robinson for her performance in "Boiling Point", by Philip Barantini, and to the Croatian "The Staffroom", by Sonja Tarokić.

In the second competitive section "East of the West" wins "Nuuccha", by Russian Vladimir Munkuev. Special prize to "Sisterhood", by the Macedonian Dina Duma, and special mention to the Czech documentary "Intensive Life Unit", by Adéla Komrzý.

Audience Award to the Czech "Zátopek", by David Ondříček.

Among the collateral prizes, the Fipresci goes to "Exam" by Iraqi Shawkat Amin Korki, while "As Far as I Can Walk" also collects the ecumenical prize and the Europa Cinemas Label Award.