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The Mostar Film Festival celebrates actors

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- The tenth edition of the event became competitive and awarded actors from On the Other Side, Ministry of Love and Death in Sarajevo

The Mostar Film Festival celebrates actors
Stjepan Perić with his Best Lead Actor Award (© Mostar Film Festival)

The tenth edition of the Mostar Film Festival (24-30 November), one of the few such events in Bosnia and Herzegovina, transformed from the Mostar Film Days into a competitive festival focused on actors from the countries of the former Yugoslavia.

“We started this event as a small gathering of friends from the region, at a time when the city did not have a single cinema,” says festival director, actor and producer Slaven Knezović. “Three years ago, Mostar got a multiplex, but we carefully kept building our festival to make it a proper highlight with the right timing.”

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The boutique selection of competition titles was limited to seven films from 2016, including the Oscar submissions for Best Foreign-language Film from Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia and Macedonia.

The two main awards, statuettes called Trees of Love, went to Croatia: Ksenija Marinković won Best Lead Actress for her role in Zrinko Ogresta's On the Other Side [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Tihana Lazovic
interview: Zrinko Ogresta
film profile
]
, while Stjepan Perić was crowned Best Lead Actor for Pavo Marinković's Ministry of Love [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
.

Peric's co-star Dijana Vidušin split the Best Supporting Actress Award with Macedonia's Natasa Petrović from Svetozar Ristovski'Lazar [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Svetozar Ristovski
film profile
]
, and Best Supporting Actor was also shared – by Goran Navojec for Lazar and Muhamed Hadžović for Danis Tanović's Silver Bear winner, Death in Sarajevo [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Danis Tanovic
film profile
]
.

Young Macedonian actor David Todoski was handed Best Newcomer for his role in Danilo and Rade Šerbedžija's The Liberation of Skopje [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
. Iconic actor-turned-director Rade Šerbedžija also received a Special Mention.

“The selection was of a very high quality. In my opinion, these were indeed the best acting achievements in the region this year,” jury member Sandra Rančić, the director of Belgrade's up-and-coming music film festival DOK N' RITAM, told Cineuropa. “With a lot of love and hard work, the Mostar Film Festival has put its city back on the film map of the region, and I believe it will soon become the benchmark event in its field.” 

Here is the complete list of winners:

Tree of Love for Best Lead Actress
Ksenija Marinković - On the Other Side [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Tihana Lazovic
interview: Zrinko Ogresta
film profile
]
(Croatia/Serbia)

Tree of Love for Best Lead Actor
Stjepan Perić – Ministry of Love [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(Croatia/Czech Republic/Slovenia)

Best Supporting Actress
Dijana Vidušin – Ministry of Love
Natasa Petrović – Lazar [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Svetozar Ristovski
film profile
]
(France/Bulgaria/Macedonia/Croatia)

Best Supporting Actor
Goran Navojec – Lazar
Muhamed Hadžović – Death in Sarajevo [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Danis Tanovic
film profile
]
(France/Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Best Newcomer
David Todoski – The Liberation of Skopje [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(Macedonia/Croatia/Finland)

Special Mention
Rade Šerbedžija – The Liberation of Skopje

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