Hungarian director János Szász took home top Grand Prix honors for the WWII-set The Notebook (Le grand cahier / A nagy füzet) at the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The Czech fest also awarded a special jury prize to UK director Ben Wheatley for his 17th century period pic A Field In England, which will open stateside later this year via Drafthouse Films. John Travolta, Oliver Stone, and Theodor Pištěk received the Crystal Globe Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema. Check out the full list of 2013 Karlovy Vary winners:
Drafthouse Films, the distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse, has acquired North American rights to original horror film A Field In England. It’s the fourth feature from writer/director Ben Wheatley whose credits include the tour-de-force thriller Kill List, the 2012 Cannes selection Sightseers and a segment in The ABCs Of Death. Billed as “a psychedelic trip into magic and madness,” A Field In England follows a group of English Civil War soldiers in the 17th century who are captured by an alchemist and led into a vast mushroom field, where they fall victim to violent and nightmarish forces. Reece Shearsmith (The League Of Gentlemen), and Michael Smiley (Kill List) star. Julian Barrett (The Mighty Boosh) is also featured in the film. A theatrical and VOD release is planned for 2013.