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FESTIVALS / AWARDS Serbia

My Morning Laughter wins the Belgrade Festival of Auteur Film

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- Serbian filmmaker Marko Djordjević's feature debut has made a splash, beating big festival favourites to the main prize; Oliver Laxe won Best Director for Fire Will Come

My Morning Laughter wins the Belgrade Festival of Auteur Film
l-r: Maja Novaković, Marko Djordjević and Stefan Djordjević with their awards (© Tanja Drobnjak)

The 25th Belgrade Festival of Auteur Film (22-30 November) has wrapped with the upset victory of My Morning Laughter [+see also:
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by Serbian debutant Marko Djordjević. The highly original, belated coming-of-age drama about a 28-year-old man struggling with his sexuality world-premiered to standing ovations from the audience and went on to pick up the €5,000 "Aleksandar Saša Petrović" Grand Prix in the main competition.

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Oliver Laxe picked up the Best Director Award for Fire Will Come [+see also:
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interview: Óliver Laxe
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as well as the "Vlada Petrić" Award for the Most Cinematic Sequence.

A Special Mention went to Jonás Trueba for The August Virgin [+see also:
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interview: Jonás Trueba
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]
, and Maurizio Braucci and Pietro Marcello bagged the newly established "Gordan Mihić" Award for Best Screenplay for Martin Eden [+see also:
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interview: Pietro Marcello
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]
.

The main competition also included hits such as Beanpole [+see also:
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]
A White, White Day [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Hlynur Pálmason
film profile
]
, A Tale of Three Sisters [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Emin Alper
interview: Emin Alper
film profile
]
, From Tomorrow on, I Will [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
, Cat in the Wall [+see also:
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interview: Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova
film profile
]
, Our Mothers
 [+see also:
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interview: Cesar Diaz
film profile
]
and Present Perfect, as well as another Serbian debut feature, Maša Nešković's Asymmetry. 

In the Brave Balkans section, Stefan Djordjević's Heart of Sarajevo winner The Last Image of Father (Serbia/Croatia/Greece) picked up Best Film, and Maja Novaković's Then Comes the Evening (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Serbia) received a Special Mention.

Here is the full list of award winners:

Main competition

"Aleksandar Saša Petrović" Grand Prix
My Morning Laughter [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
- Marko Djordjević (Serbia)

Best Director
Oliver Laxe - Fire Will Come [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Óliver Laxe
film profile
]
(Spain/France/Luxembourg)

"Gordan Mihić" Best Screenplay Award
Maurizio Braucci, Pietro Marcello - Martin Eden [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Pietro Marcello
film profile
]
(Italy/France/Germany)

"Vlada Petrić" Award for the Most Cinematic Sequence
Fire Will Come - Oliver Laxe

Brave Balkans

Best Film
The Last Image of Father - Stefan Djordjević (Serbia/Croatia/Greece)

Special Mention
Then Comes the Evening - Maja Novaković (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Serbia)

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