The Karlovy Vary Film Festival is one of the oldest in Europe. According to the organizers, more than 100,000 cinema seats were sold in one week.

Karlsbad (AP) – The refugee drama “As far as I can walk” by Serbian director Stefan Arsenijevic won the main prize at the 55th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

The 44-year-old accepted the crystal globe on Saturday evening at the closing gala in the Czech spa town. The prize is endowed with the equivalent of nearly 22,000 euros. The film is about Strahinja and his wife Ababuo, who leave Ghana to find a better life in Europe. Lead actor Ibrahim Koma was also named best actor.

The German Dietrich Brüggemann won the award for best director with the tragic comedy “Nö”. The Festival President’s Awards went to American actor and screenwriter Ethan Hawke and Czech director Jan Sverak. The biggest star among the guests was Hollywood great Johnny Depp, who was surrounded by hundreds of fans and spectators. The 58-year-old has not himself received any awards. His ex-wife Amber Heard had alleged domestic violence against Depp. Women’s rights groups criticized the invitation extended to her.

Visitors had to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus or tested negative. Last year, the event was canceled due to the pandemic.