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POLA 2021 Premios

A Blue Flower se lleva el máximo galardón en Pula

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- Lo nuevo de Zrinko Ogresta ha ganado las categorías artísticas y de los críticos, mientras The Dawn de Dalibor Matanić lo ha hecho en las técnicas

A Blue Flower se lleva el máximo galardón en Pula
Zrinko Ogresta, director de A Blue Flower, con su premio (© Pula Film Festival)

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The 68th edition of the Pula Film Festival (17-24 July) saw only six competition titles, two of which were world premieres and two more national. Most of the titles were directed by seasoned filmmakers or directors with a certain international reputation, so the competition could have been described as fierce. Zrinko Ogresta’s newest film A Blue Flower [+lee también:
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eventually came on top at the ceremony which took place on Friday, 27 July in the well-known ancient Arena. This outcome could be seen as a bit of surprise, since Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović’s feature debut Murina [+lee también:
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was seen as a clear favourite after its Golden Camera win at Cannes.

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Ogresta’s film won three jury awards: for Best Film, Best Direction and Best Lead Actress (Vanja Ćirić in the role of Mirjana), adding also the FIPRESCI award to the tally. Numbers-wise, the jury awards were dominated by Dalibor Matanić’s The Dawn [+lee también:
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, which scooped four awards, all of them in technical categories (Best Sound Design, Best Music, Best Editing and Best Cinematography). Murina ended up winning two awards: Danica Ćurčić was named the Best Actress in a Supporting Role, while Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović got the Breza award for the Best Directing Debut. One more film with multiple awards was Branko Schmidt’s Once We Were Good for You [+lee también:
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, which won the awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (René Bitorajac in the role of Dinko) and Best Screenplay (written by Schmidt, Sandra Antolić and Ognjen Sviličić). Two films ended up with empty pockets, Stanislav Tomić’s comedy Tune Up and Mario Vrbančić’s independently produced micro-budget drama Manhattan Odyssey.

In the international competition, the jury awards were divided among four films. Radu Jude’s Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn [+lee también:
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was awarded as the best Croatian minority co-production and for the best Croatian contribution to a minority co-production. Uberto Pasolini’s Nowhere Special [+lee también:
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won the Golden Arena award in the international competition as well as the Audience Award for best film. Jenni Toivoniemi was awarded a Special Mention for directing Games People Play [+lee también:
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. The FIPRESCI award went to Ben Sharrock’s Limbo [+lee también:
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, while Miloš Avramović’s South Wind 2 – Speed Up got the Croatian Audiovisual Centre award for its “joint development of co-productions and the audience”, as it was stated.

Here is the complete list of award winners:

Croatian Film Competition

Grand Golden Arena
A Blue Flower [+lee también:
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– Zrinko Ogresta (Croatia/Serbia)

Golden Arena for Best Director
Zrinko Ogresta – A Blue Flower

Golden Arena for Best Screenplay
Branko Schmidt, Sandra Antolić, Ognjen Sviličić – Once We Were Good For You [+lee también:
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(Croatia/Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Golden Arena for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Vanja Ćirić – A Blue Flower

Golden Arena for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Danica Ćurčić – Murina [+lee también:
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(Croatia/Slovenia/USA/Brazil)

Golden Arena for Best Actor in a Leading Role
René Bitorajac – Once We Were Good for You

Golden Arena for Best Cinematography
Marko Brdar – The Dawn [+lee también:
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(Croatia/Italy)

Golden Arena for Best Editing
Tomislav Pavlic – The Dawn

Golden Arena for Best Music
Alen Sikauz, Nenad Sinkauz – The Dawn

Golden Arena for Best Sound Design
Mirko Perri, Julij Zornik – The Dawn

Breza Award for Best Debutant
Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović – Murina

International Competition

Golden Arena for Best Film
Nowhere Special [+lee también:
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– Uberto Pasolini (UK/Italy/Romania)

Special Mention for Directing
Jenni Toivoniemi – Games People Play [+lee también:
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(Finland)

Golden Arena for Best Croatian Minority Co-Production
Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn [+lee también:
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– Radu Jude (Romania/Luxembourg/Czech Republic/Croatia)

Golden Arena for Best Croatian Contribution to a Minority Co-Production
Ankica Jurić Tilić – Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

Other Awards

Golden Gate of Pula (Audience Award) National Competition
Murina – Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović

Audience Award International Competition
Nowhere Special – Uberto Pasolini

FIPRESCI Award National Competition
A Blue Flower – Zrinko Ogresta

FIPRESCI Award International Competition
Limbo [+lee también:
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– Ben Sharrock (UK)

Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC) Special Recognition
South Wind 2 – Speed Up – Miloš Avramović (Serbia, Croatia)

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