On Saturday Czech-Slovak picture Little Crusader picked up the Crystal Globe award for best film at Karlovy Vary, eastern and central Europe’s leading film festival, the first time in 15 years that a local film has taken home the top prize.
Directed by Czech-born filmmaker Václav Kadrnka, Little Crusader is a psychological drama set in the Medieval period, centring on a knight’s quest to find his son after he runs away from home, inspired by tales of the Crusades.
Other films to take home awards included Bosnian director Alen Drljević‘s Men Don’t Cry, which won a special jury prize, with Slovak actor and director Peter Bebjak honoured as best director for The Line.
The 52nd edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival took place from 30 June — 8 July 2017. The festival is held annually in the spa town of Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic.
See the full list of winners here.