Eva Mulvad’s “The Good Life” wins at Karlovy Vary

The Danish director's latest, pictured, took the prize for Best Documentary Over 30 Minutes at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which wrapped over the weekend.
July 11, 2011

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival honored Danish director Eva Mulvad’s latest film, The Good Life (pictured), with the prize for Best Documentary Over 30 Minutes during the Czech Republic film fest’s closing night awards ceremony on Sunday.

Mulvad’s film follows a Danish mother and daughter, once accustomed to a life of wealth, now living in poverty on a single pension in Portugal after spending their fortune. It has been hailed as a “Danish Grey Gardens” in some quarters, and Mulvad – the director of 2006′s award-winning Enemies of Happiness – has cited the classic Maysles Brothers film as an influence.

Also during the awards ceremony, Polish director Marcin Koszalka took the prize for Best Documentary Film Under 30 Minutes for Declaration of Immortality.

Both awards come with a US$5,000 cash prize. The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival took place from July 1-9.

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