Hungarian director Janos Szasz triumphed at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic on Saturday (06Jul13) after he was awarded the top prize for his war drama The Notebook.
The movie was named the winner of the Grand Prix Crystal Globe, while the Special Jury Prize was awarded to British filmmaker Ben Wheatley for A Field in England.
The Czech Republic's own Jan Hrebejk earned the Best Director honour for Honeymoon and Olafur Darri Olafsson was named the Best Actor for Icelandic movie Xl. The female equivalent was awarded jointly to Bluebird stars Amy Morton, Louisa Krause, Emily Meade and Margo Martindale.
The final day of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival also included a special prizegiving for John Travolta and Oliver Stone, who both received the Crystal Globe Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema.
The film is almost half an hour longer than 'The Force Awakens'.
The actress will no doubt be returning for the long-running FX series.
The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.