Karlovy Vary 2001

  • Ron Holloway


KARLOVY VARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2001 It came as no surprise when Jean-Pierre Jeunet's inventive Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (Amélie from Montmartre, France) was awarded the Crystal Globe the 36th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (5-14 July 2001) by an international jury headed by Poland's Krzysztof Zanussi. All the more so since this delightful comédie humaine -- about the dream world of a young waitress (Audrey Tautou) working at a bistro in Montmartre, who one day finds a hidden box full of childhood treasures in her apartment -- is currently a runaway box office hit in France. Just as impressive, however, was Robert Glinski's Czes Tereska (Hi, Tereska, Poland), awarded both the Special Jury Prize and the International Critics (FIPRESCI) Prize. This poignant portrait of a young girl seeking sexual and emotional stability in an environment that only restricts fulfilment came across as an authentic statement due to...