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My Last Year as a Loser triumphs at the Vesna Awards

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- Urša Menart's debut has won Best Film, Screenplay and Supporting Actress, Consequences scooped Best Director and Lead Actor, and History of Love got Best Cinematography

My Last Year as a Loser triumphs at the Vesna Awards
Producer Danijel Hočevar (far left) and writer-director Urša Menart (second from left) pick up their award for My Last Year as a Loser (© Matjaž Rušt)

At the 21st Festival of Slovenian Film in Portorož (10-15 September), My Last Year as a Loser [+see also:
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, the debut film by writer-director Urša Menart, triumphed by winning the Vesna Award for Best Film, which comes with €5,000 in post-production services from Iridium Film. The movie also won Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress for Živa Selan and a Special Mention from the film critics' jury. This victory marks the first time in the history of the festival that a film directed by a woman has won the main award.

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The Toronto title Consequences [+see also:
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by Darko Štante picked up Best Director, Best Lead Actor for Matej Zemljič, Best Supporting Actor for Timon Šturbej and the Film Critics' Jury Award, while the Karlovy Vary competition entry History of Love [+see also:
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interview: Sonja Prosenc
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]
by Sonja Prosenc took home Best Cinematography for Mitja Ličen and an Award for Special Original Achievement. 

Miha Mazzini's Erased [+see also:
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scooped the Awards for Best Lead Actress (Judita Franković Brdar), Original Music (Jura Ferina, Pavao Miholjević, Vladimir Godár), Production Design (Matjaž Pavlovec) and Costume Design (Sanja Džeba). 

Best Documentary went to Nina Blažin's How Much Do You Love Yourself? [+see also:
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, Blaž Kutin's The Final Day of Rudolf Nietsche was crowned Best Short Film, and Olmo Omerzu's Winter Flies [+see also:
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interview: Olmo Omerzu
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got the Award for Best Minority Co-production. 

Here is the full list of award winners:

Vesna Award for Best Feature Film
My Last Year as a Loser [+see also:
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- Urša Menart

Vesna Award for Best Director
Darko Štante – Consequences [+see also:
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interview: Darko Štante
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]
 (Slovenia/Austria)

Vesna Award for Best Screenplay
Urša Menart – My Last Year as a Loser

Vesna Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role 
Judita Franković Brdar – Erased [+see also:
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trailer
interview: GoCritic! Interview: Miha M…
film profile
]

Vesna Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matej Zemljič – Consequences

Vesna Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role  
Živa Selan – My Last Year as a Loser

Vesna Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Timon Šturbej – Consequences

Vesna Award for Best Cinematography
Mitja Ličen – History of Love [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Sonja Prosenc
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]
(Slovenia/Italy/Norway)

Vesna Award for Best Original Music
Jura Ferina, Pavao Miholjević, Vladimir Godár – Erased

Vesna Award for Best Editing
Zlatjan Čučkov – How Much Do You Love Yourself?

Vesna Award for Best Production Design
Matjaž Pavlovec – Erased

Vesna Award for Best Costume Design
Sanja Džeba – Erased

Vesna Award for Best Make-up
Nataša Sevčnikar – Gaja’s World 

Vesna Award for Best Sound
Julij Zornik – Greetings from Free Forests

Vesna Award for Best Documentary
How Much Do You Love Yourself? [+see also:
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– Nina Blažin

Vesna Award for Best Short Film
The Final Day of Rudolf Nietsche – Blaž Kutin

Vesna Award for Best Minority Co-production
Winter Flies [+see also:
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interview: Olmo Omerzu
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- Olmo Omerzu (Czech Republic/Slovenia/Poland/Slovakia)

Vesna Award for Best Animated Film
Koyaa – Wild Sunbed – Kolja Saksida

Vesna Award for Best Student Film
Voyage Voyage - Lun Sevnik

Vesna Award for Special Original Achievement (replacing Vesna Award for Best Experimental AV Work)
History of Love – Sonja Prosenc 

Vesna Award for Special Achievements
Gaja’s World – Peter Bratusa
Days of Madness [+see also:
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- Damian Nenadić (Croatia/Slovenia)

Film Critics’ Jury Award
Consequences – Darko Štante
Special Mention
My Last Year as a Loser
– Urša Menart

Youth Wing Award
METUM (collective project)
Special Mention
What a Man Feels - Urh Pirc

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