Ederlezi Rising sweeps the Serbian awards at Belgrade FEST
by Vladan Petkovic
- Lazar Bodroža's sci-fi title has won Best Film, Director, Actor and Actress, while The Charmer and Comic Sans scooped FEST's international awards
The 46th FEST – International Film Festival Belgrade (23 February-4 March), which since 2016 has also served as a platform for the official national Serbian awards, gave out its prizes at two ceremonies, on Friday and Saturday.
Friday saw Lazar Bodroža's low-budget sci-fi title Ederlezi Rising [+see also:
film profile] upset the national awards by winning the Belgrade Victor for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor for Sebastian Cavazza, and Best Actress for Stoya. It also received a Special Mention from the FEDEORA critics’ jury.
Kosta Ristić's Bandits in Search of Mom [+see also:
film profile] won the Jury Prize, while one of its young, non-professional actors, Kristijan Garip, received the Best Debutant Award. The film also received the “Milutin Čolić” Award given out by the daily paper Politika.
Dejan Zečević's Offenders won Best Screenplay for Djordje Milosavljević and a Special Award for Cinematography for Miladin Čolaković, as well as prizes from both critics’ juries (FIPRESCI and FEDEORA), clearly demonstrating the pointlessness of having juries from two different critics' associations at the same festival.
In the regional competition, the “Nebojša Đukelić” Award went to Nevio Marasović's Comic Sans [+see also:
film profile], while Jan Cvitkovič's The Basics of Killing [+see also:
interview: Jan Cvitkovič
film profile] received a Special Mention. Confusingly, the jury for this award also consists of film critics.
The first awards ceremony also saw prizes given out in the Frontiers programme, where Rüdiger Suchsland's documentary Hitlers Hollywood [+see also:
film profile] won the Best Film Award, and another documentary, Mexican filmmaker Everardo González's Devil's Freedom, picked up a Special Mention.
The second night was dedicated to the main international competition, where Milad Alami's The Charmer [+see also:
interview: Milad Alami
film profile] won the Best Film and Best Screenplay Awards. For the full list, scroll down.
The honorary Belgrade Victor prizes were handed to legendary Yugoslav actress Neda Arnerić, and the Russian filmmaker and general director of Mosfilm Karen Shakhnazarov.
Finally, FEST Forward, the industry section of the festival, played host to pitching sessions in two competitions. In the international Women in Film section, the Best Pitch Award, worth €4,000, went to the project The Encounter, an Austrian-Georgian-Serbian co-production directed by Tatia Skhirtladze, and in the national section, Vojin Vasović's The End of the World won the other €4,000 prize, with a Special Mention going to Bacha by Ana Lazarević.
Here is the full list of award winners:
Lazar Bodroža – Ederlezi Rising
Djordje Milosavljević – Offenders
Sebastian Cavazza – Ederlezi Rising
Stoya – Ederlezi Rising
Kristijan Garip – Bandits in Search of Mom
Miladin Čolaković (cinematographer) – Offenders
"Milutin Colic" Award
Bandits in Search of Mom
“Nebojša Đukelić” Award for Best Film
Comic Sans [+see also:
film profile] - Nevio Marasović (Croatia)
The Basics of Killing [+see also:
interview: Jan Cvitkovič
film profile] - Jan Cvitkovič (Slovenia/Serbia)
No Date, No Signature - Vahid Jaliland (Iran)
Paul Schrader – First Reformed (USA)
Ingeborg Topsøe and Milad Alami – The Charmer
The Insult - Ziad Doueiri
Honorary Belgrade Victor
Neda Arnerić, Karen Shakhnazarov
Women in Film
The Encounter - Tatia Skhirtladze (Austria/Georgia/Serbia)
The End of the World - Vojin Vasović (Serbia)
Bacha - Ana Lazarević (Serbia)
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