The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão triumphs at Belgrade FEST
- Other winners include The Painted Bird, Queen of Hearts, Father, Two of Us, Mater, Ivana the Terrible and Vienna Hallways, the new film by Serbian director Mladen Djordjević
The 48th Belgrade International Film Festival FEST (28 February-8 March) has wrapped with Karim Aïnouz's Cannes Un Certain Regard prizewinner The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão [+see also:
interview: Karim Aïnouz
film profile] (Brazil/Germany) picking up the Belgrade Victor Award for Best Film in the main competition.
Václav Marhoul won the Best Director Award for The Painted Bird [+see also:
interview: Václav Marhoul
film profile] (Czech Republic/Slovakia/Ukraine), and Rita Kalnejais received Best Screenplay for Australian director Shannon Murphy's Babyteeth, both of which world-premiered at Venice.
The acting prizes went to Trine Dyrholm for her role in May el-Toukhy's Queen of Hearts [+see also:
interview: Gustav Lindh
interview: May el-Toukhy
film profile] (Denmark/Sweden) and to Goran Bogdan for his performance in Srdan Golubović's Father [+see also:
interview: Srdan Golubović
film profile] (Serbia/France/Germany/Croatia). Both films previously won Audience Awards after their world premieres at Sundance and the Berlinale, respectively. Father also received the Stella Artois Prize for the Most-wanted Film at FEST (in other words, the one that sold the most admissions) and the FEDEORA Award.
Director Filippo Meneghetti received the Best Debut Prize for his Toronto title Two of Us [+see also:
interview: Filippo Meneghetti
film profile] (France/Luxembourg/Belgium), and the "Nebojša Djukelić" Award for Best Regional Film went to Jure Pavlović's Tallinn entry Mater [+see also:
interview: Jure Pavlović
film profile] (Croatia/Serbia/France/Bosnia and Herzegovina).
The Audience Award for Best European Film in the main competition, supported by the EU Delegation to Serbia, went to Serbian director Mladen Djordjević's Vienna Hallways [+see also:
film profile], which world-premiered at FEST. The filmmaker also won the "Milutin Čolić" Award for Best Serbian Director.
In the newly established FEST Focus section, Ivana Mladenović pocketed the Best Film Award for the Locarno prizewinner Ivana the Terrible [+see also:
interview: Ada Solomon
film profile] (Romania/Serbia).
Finally, the honorary Belgrade Victor Award for Exceptional Contribution to the Art of Cinema was bestowed upon John Malkovich, who officially closed the festival with a performance of Aleksey Igudesman's stage play/concert piece The Music Critic.
Here is the full list of award winners:
Rita Kalnejais - Babyteeth (Australia)
Father - Srdan Golubović
Stella Artois Prize for the Most-wanted Film
Father - Srdan Golubović
"Milutin Čolić" Award
Vienna Hallways - Mladen Djordjević
Belgrade Victor Award for Exceptional Contribution to the Art of Cinema
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