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Pilsen film fest fetes ‘House’

Liova's movie nabs Golden Kingfisher for best pic

PRAGUE The 25th Pilsen Film Festival, Czech Republic’s main event for homegrown and Slovak work, gave its Golden Kingfisher for film to Zuzana Liova’s “The House” on Saturday.

Pic is based on her script about a controlling father’s scheme to keep his daughter close by building an unwanted home for her.

Docu prize went to David Vondracek’s homelessness study, “Love in the Grave,” while Jiri Strach’s comedy, “Oldies but Goodies,” scored the audience prize.

Fest celebrated local pics in a year that the industry defied the European financial crisis with a healthy output of 39 features — bettered only by last year’s record of 49.

Fest, in the west Bohemia city known for Pilsner beer, added a Polish focus this year, inviting auteur Krzysztof Zanussi to serve as juror.

It also paid tribute to Slovak helmer Martin Sulik, whose work, including this year’s “Gypsy,” has been lauded on the fest circuit.

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