CZECH REPUBLIC: ECUMENICAL JURY OF THE 47TH IFF KARLOVY VARY AWARDED A CANADIAN FILM
(Sir Europe - Bratislava) - The Ecumenical Jury of the 47th International Film Festival (IFF) Karlovy Vary in Czech Republic, that took place during the first week of July, awarded its prize to a Canadian movie “Camion” directed by Rafaël Ouellet, a story of a truck driver who falls into a deep depression after a deadly traffic accident. The film is set to hit Quebec cinemas on 17 August. The Ecumenical Jury has participated in the IFF since 1994, with the aim to award the movies of high artistic value, raising essential questions about human life in contemporary world. According to the statute, the jury consisting of critics, religionists and professionals in the area of film making, pays attention to “ethical, philosophical, spiritual and social dimensions of films”, as well as to their ability to “influence the audience”. The activity of Ecumenical Juries participating in various film festivals is backed by the World Catholic Association for Communication and protestant association Interfilm. According to the bishop of Pilsen, Frantisek Radkovský, who followed this year’s edition, the Ecumenical Jury represents “the conscience of the festival”, pointing to the fact that awarded films must not only be artistically valuable but also reflect the values of the Gospel.