Soy Nero wins the Belgrade Festival of Auteur Film
- Cristi Puiu won Best Director for Sieranevada, while Mehmet Can Mertoglu's Albüm received the Special Jury Prize
The 22nd Belgrade Festival of Auteur Film (25 November-3 December) ended with Rafi Pitts' Berlinale competition title Soy Nero [+see also:
interview: Rafi Pitts
film profile] winning the €5,000 "Aleksandar Saša Petrović" Grand Prix, named after one of the great auteurs of the Yugoslav Black Wave.
Cristi Puiu received the Best Director Award for his Cannes competition entry Sieranevada [+see also:
Q&A: Cristi Puiu
film profile], and the jury, consisting of last year's winner (Indian director Gurvinder Singh), Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska and Petra Weisenburger, managing director of the NIPKOW Programm, gave the Special Jury Prize to Heart of Sarajevo winner Albüm [+see also:
interview: Mehmet Can Mertoglu
film profile] by Mehmet Can Mertoglu.
In the Brave Balkans section, the Best Film Award went to another Sarajevo laureate: Serbian director Milica Tomić's short Transition.
The festival was officially closed with a screening of Toni Erdmann [+see also:
Q&A: Maren Ade
film profile], following a speech by Andreas Dresen, who was in town as a tutor at the workshop of First Films First (read the news), along with Milcho Manchevski.
The 22nd Festival of Auteur Film screened 81 arthouse films from all over the world and sold around 24,000 admissions.
Here is the complete list of winners:
Brave Balkans section
Best Film Award
Transition - Milica Tomić (Serbia)
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