Summer of Hope: Top Winner of 2022 Karlovy Vary Film Fest

Karlovy Vary Film Fest

Sadaf Foroughi’s Iranian-sports drama centers on two young swimmers, family members, and their communities.


The film is Foroughi’s second feature after the 2017 debut with Ava and portrays a marquee competition hatching a conspiracy of collusion between two young swimmers, family members, and their communities.

Karlovy Vary’s special jury prize went to Spanish director Jonas Trueba’s You Have to Come and See It, which was in competition.

The Czech Republic festival’s audience award went to PSH Neverending Storey, a local entry directed by Štěpán Fok Vodrážka.

The best director award went to Beata Parkanova for the film Word.

The best actress trophy was shared by Taki Mumladze and Mariam Khundaze for their performances in the film A Room Of My Own. 

The best actor award was picked up for Martin Finger for his star-turn in Word.

Karlovy Vary’s Proxima competition awarded its own Grand Prix trophy to Zkouska Umeni’s Art Talent Show, while the Special Jury Prize in that sidebar went to Eduardo Casanova’s La Pieta.

The awards were handed out in a ceremony Saturday night, July 9, 2022.