Take Me Somewhere Nice triumphs at Sarajevo
by Vladan Petkovic
- Other winners include A Tale of Three Sisters, And Then We Danced and When the Persimmons Grew; the Cineuropa Prize went to Rounds
The 25th Sarajevo Film Festival announced its awards last night at a ceremony held in the National Theatre. Ena Sendarijević's Take Me Somewhere Nice [+see also:
interview: Ena Sendijarević
film profile] triumphed in the Feature Competition, winning the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Film. The Dutch-Bosnian co-production world-premiered in the Tiger Competition at Rotterdam, where it snagged a Special Mention.
The Heart of Sarajevo for Best Director went to Turkey's Emin Alper for the Berlinale competition title A Tale of Three Sisters [+see also:
interview: Emin Alper
interview: Emin Alper
film profile]. The film also won the CICAE Award.
Bulgaria's Irini Jambonas, from Stephan Komandarev's Rounds [+see also:
interview: Stephan Komandarev
film profile], which world-premiered at Sarajevo, received the Best Actress Award, and in addition, the film picked up the Cineuropa Prize.
Levan Gelbakhiani, the star of Levan Akin's Cannes Directors' Fortnight entry And Then We Danced [+see also:
interview: Levan Akin
film profile], was crowned Best Actor. The Georgian thesp also won Best Actor at Odesa last month, where the film shared the Grand Prix with the Ukrainian film Homeward [+see also:
In the Documentary Competition, the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Film went to the Azerbaijani-Austrian co-production When the Persimmons Grew [+see also:
film profile] by Hilal Baydarov. The picture world-premiered at Visions du Réel, where it picked up the Jury Prize and the Interreligious Prize.
Hungarian director Réka Szabó's The Euphoria of Being [+see also:
film profile], which world-premiered and triumphed in Locarno's Critics’ Week just days ago, received the Human Rights Award. Bosnian filmmaker Sajra Subašić was given the Special Jury Prize for her seven-minute documentary Stack of Material.
Finally, the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Short Film went to Serbian filmmaker Stefan Đorđević for The Last Image of Father, which came straight from Locarno, where it picked up the Youth Jury Prize.
Here is the full list of Sarajevo Film Festival award winners:
Special Jury Prize
Stack of Material - Sajra Subašić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Short Film Competition
Heart of Sarajevo for Best Short Film (Oscar-qualifying)
The Last Image of Father - Stefan Đorđević (Serbia/Croatia/Greece)
Special Jury Mention
The Last Trip to the Seaside - Adi Voicu (Romania)
Student Film Competition
Heart of Sarajevo for Best Student Film
Sherbet - Nikola Stojanović (Serbia)
Rounds - Stephan Komandarev
A Tale of Three Sisters – Emin Alper
Sarajevo Short Film Nominee for the Candidacy for the European Film Awards (Oscar-qualifying)
Excess Will Save Us - Morgane Dziurla-Petit (Sweden)
BH Film Student Programme
Best B&H Student Film Award
Costacurta (Tale of Satankrajina) - Saša Karanović
Special Jury Award
I’m Not Here - Sara Radusinović
Neither Sunny Nor Cloudy - Anvar Nijemčević
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