No One’s Child and Barbarians split the honours at Novi Sad
by Laura Nanchino
- Panama, Liza, the Fox-Fairy and Naked Island also earned accolades
The eighth Cinema City International Film Festival drew to a close yesterday evening in the Serbian city of Novi Sad, bringing an end to a week of celebrations, screenings of over 70 films and late-night concerts.
No One’s Child [+see also:
film profile] by Vuk Rsumovic came out on top in the national competition, receiving the IBIS statuette for Best Film and a Special Mention for its lead actor, Denis Murić. Revealed at the 2014 Venice Film Festival, the film tells a story based on true events – that of a child raised by wolves in Yugoslavia at the end of the 1980s.
The jury – comprising Slovenian director Karpo Godina, Kasia Kawran from international sales agent Premium Films and Alessandro Gropplero from the When East Meets West co-production forum – also rewarded Barbarians [+see also:
interview: Ivan Ikic
film profile] by Ivan Ikic by giving it the Innovation Award and a Special Mention for its young talent Željko Marković. The movie also received the Youth Jury Award. Panama [+see also:
film profile] by Pavle Vučković, which was screened as a national premiere at Novi Sad, was handed a Special Mention for its lead actress, Jovana Stojiljković, as well as the Award for Contribution to National Cinema.
The Cineuropa Prize, which singles out the best international film hailing from the Danube countries, was bestowed upon the debut feature by Hungarian director Károly Ujj Mészáros, Liza, the Fox-Fairy [+see also:
interview: Karoly Ujj Mészáros
film profile]. A Special Mention was also awarded to the documentary Naked Island [+see also:
film profile] by Croatian director Tiha Gudac, which also walked away with the Audience Award.
This year, the Cinema City Festival, which welcomed over 35,000 viewers, was specifically dedicated to first or second films by young talents in the industry.
(Translated from French)
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