Právo Audience Award

Pick the best film at the 55th Karlovy Vary IFF

You have a unique opportunity to rate the films you see at the festival. You will be given a voting ticket at the entrance of the cinema. After the movie, simply mark the rating you want to give the film by tearing it accordingly. Then hand the ticket to a hostess on your way out of the theater or put it in the voting box.

  • Rules of the Audience Award

    The Audience Award is one of the most important awards presented at the festival. Votes and responses from festival viewers are an important indicator for film producers and distributors of how successful a film is going to be in distribution in cinemas at home or outside the country.

    You have a unique opportunity to rate the films you see at the festival. You will be given a voting ticket at the entrance of the cinema. After the movie, simply mark the rating you want to give the film by tearing it accordingly. Then hand the ticket to a hostess on your way out of the theater or put it in the voting box.

    At the 55th KVIFF, only feature films from the current festival season are eligible to compete for the Právo Audience Award. This applies to films made in 2020 and 2021. This move is motivated by our commitment to promote new films whose creators can benefit from viewers’ recognition much more than the creators of time-proven films. Older or vintage, often cult films that KVIFF screens every year, usually enjoy steady fanbases and an accolade like this is far less likely to affect their popularity than in the case of films from the past year.

    The movie rating:

    • 1 - excellent
    • 2 - good
    • 3 - average
    • 4 - poor

    The Voting Rules

    • Voting will take place from August 20 until the last evening screening on August 27 (ca. 2 a.m. on August 28)
    • The screenings on Saturday, August 28 are all the second screenings of the festival films
    • The short films do not compete
    • Results will be published on this website and on the KVIFF.TV
    • The Audience Award will be conferred at the festival’s gala closing ceremony on August 28, 2021
  • Audience award: 1.13
    1D7 20/8 20:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    313 22/8 11:00 Grand Hall
    Zátopek Zátopek
    Directed by: David Ondříček
    Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2021, 131 min
    Section: Special Screenings

    David Ondříček’s fascinating drama presents the life of the famous Czech endurance runner and Olympic champion Emil Zátopek, a man who, with impressive nonchalance, pushed the boundaries of human possibilities and took his place alongside other greats who transformed athletic competitions into unforgettable stories.

  • Audience award: 1.13
    6D6 25/8 19:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    7C4 26/8 15:00 Čas Cinema
    8L2 27/8 13:00 Lazne III Cinema
    9H4 28/8 19:30 Husovka Theatre
    Intensive Life Unit Jednotka intenzivního života
    Directed by: Adéla Komrzý
    Czech Republic, 2021, 73 min
    Section: East of the West Competition

    Even though doctors Ondřej and Kateřina look after their patients to the best of their ability, they can’t prevent their death. As heads of palliative care at Prague’s General University Hospital they face the inevitability of the end on a daily basis. Yet what perhaps makes their job harder is the myriad options now open to them to prolong human life – and this at a time when death has become a social taboo. Betraying her special brand of empathy, documentarist Adéla Komrzý demonstrates that, while there’s no good or bad way to die, there’s always a means to improve patients’ quality of life.

  • Audience award: 1.14
    3P5 22/8 19:00 Pupp Cinema
    4D9 23/8 22:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre
    6L5 25/8 22:00 Lazne III Cinema
    Quo vadis, Aida? Quo vadis, Aida?
    Directed by: Jasmila Žbanić
    Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Romania, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, Norway, Turkey, 2020, 101 min
    Section: Horizons

    Twenty-five years ago more than eight thousand fathers, husbands and sons disappeared forever from the lives of Bosniak women. One of Europe’s most prominent filmmakers surveys the massacre carried out in Srebrenica by the Bosnian Serbs, and this through the eyes of her charismatic titular heroine, an interpreter for Dutch soldiers sent by the UN to war-ravaged former Yugoslavia. A highly evocative drama, Quo vadis, Aida was nominated for an Academy Award as Best International Feature.

  • Audience award: 1.18
    324 22/8 15:00 Small Hall
    434 23/8 16:00 Congress Hall
    753 26/8 14:00 Cinema B
    954 28/8 17:00 Cinema B
    Dreams About Stray Cats Sny o toulavých kočkách
    Directed by: David Sís
    Czech Republic, USA, France, 2021, 96 min
    Section: Special Screenings

    “Do you know what I’ve always wanted to find out, brother? Where do you get your ideas for your drawings?” director David Sís asks his older brother Petr at the beginning of the film. He doesn’t get an answer right away, but perhaps it can be found in this documentary that, with great care, traces the highly successful career of a talented and multifaceted artist whose work crosses generational and geographic boundaries.

  • Audience award: 1.2
    1P6 20/8 22:00 Pupp Cinema
    3L5 22/8 22:00 Lazne III Cinema
    711 26/8 08:30 Grand Hall
    951 28/8 09:00 Cinema B
    Tina Tina
    Directed by: T. J. Martin, Daniel Lindsay
    USA, 2021, 118 min
    Section: Horizons

    This retrospective of the career of 81-year-old Tina Turner is crammed with archival footage of her concerts. We follow her life from the late fifties to her peak in the late sixties and early seventies, and her later triumphant solo career. The film doesn't shy away from the darkest side of the singer's story, depicting her as a survivor of abuse at the hands of her husband Ike.

  • Audience award: 1.26
    329 22/8 23:59 Small Hall
    529 24/8 23:59 Small Hall
    7C8 26/8 23:59 Čas Cinema
    929 28/8 23:59 Small Hall
    Shoky & Morthy: Last Big Thing Shoky & Morthy: Poslední velká akce
    Directed by: Andy Fehu
    Czech Republic, 2021, 99 min
    Section: Midnight Screenings

    Shoky and Morthy are best friends and successful YouTubers, but their fame is slowly beginning to fade. While Morthy would like to quit, Shoky comes up with ideas for making their videos more interesting… and bloodier. In the end, they set out for one “last big thing” that will save their YouTube channel and their disintegrating friendship.

  • Audience award: 1.27
    1L2 20/8 13:00 Lazne III Cinema
    4P3 23/8 16:00 Pupp Cinema
    534 24/8 16:00 Congress Hall
    Olga Olga
    Directed by: Elie Grappe
    Switzerland, Ukraine, France, 2021, 87 min
    Section: Horizons

    Ukraine, autumn 2013. Olga, a fifteen-year-old top-flight gymnast, has some hard training ahead of her in Switzerland, which will bring about a primary shift in her career. The political situation in Kyiv intensifies, however, and Olga’s mother, a journalist and activist, joins the thousands of people demonstrating in Independence Square. This riveting film about fundamental dilemmas on the cusp of adulthood enchanted audiences at this year’s Cannes film festival.

  • Audience award: 1.29
    2C3 21/8 12:00 Čas Cinema
    334 22/8 16:00 Congress Hall
    652 25/8 11:30 Cinema B
    854 27/8 17:00 Cinema B
    Reconstruction of Occupation Rekonstrukce okupace
    Directed by: Jan Šikl
    Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2021, 100 min
    Section: Special Screenings

    Documentary filmmaker Jan Šikl has spent many years seeking out and collecting private film archives. In this way, he came across several hours of footage showing the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. Exactly fifty-three years later, on August 21, 2021, historical memory awakens from a long slumber with this reconstruction of the occupation, a cinematic adventure of a truly archeological nature.

  • Audience award: 1.3
    4P5 23/8 19:00 Pupp Cinema
    624 25/8 15:00 Small Hall
    813 27/8 11:00 Grand Hall
    The Worst Person in the World Verdens værste menneske
    Directed by: Joachim Trier
    Norway, France, Sweden, Denmark, 2021, 127 min
    Section: Horizons

    “Julie in 12 Chapters” is the subtitle of this film about a charming young woman who is still trying to find herself. But one day, Julie loses her youthful spirit and carefree attitude, and this just as her heart is fumbling blindly. Joachim Trier shows that the line between romantic comedy and complex drama is truly only in our minds.

  • Audience award: 1.3
    417 23/8 20:00 Grand Hall
    5P2 24/8 13:00 Pupp Cinema
    6L4 25/8 19:00 Lazne III Cinema
    7K2 26/8 12:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    Boiling Point Boiling Point
    Directed by: Philip Barantini
    United Kingdom, 2020, 94 min
    Section: Crystal Globe Competition

    The shift has hardly begun for head chef Andy and he’s already behind with everything. His restaurant is overbooked, there’s a disgruntled inspector combing the kitchen and, if that weren’t enough, a culinary icon and a respected food critic have turned up for dinner. Via a single, continuous shot, we are launched into what proves to be a very hectic evening… The superb Stephen Graham takes the lead role in a British film about anyone who’s ever been stressed out at work and got themselves into a stew.


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