Damjan Kozole’s Half-Sister wins the Eurimages Award at CineLink
by Vladan Petkovic
- The industry platforms of the Sarajevo Film Festival have announced their winners
At the CineLink Industry Days, the Sarajevo Film Festival's industry section, the CineLink Co-Production Market jury (comprising Uldis Dimisevskis, Georges Goldenstern, Behrooz Hashemian, Čedomir Kolar, Annamaria Lodato, Tomi Salkovski and Jani Thiltges) has decided to honour Slovenian filmmaker Damjan Kozole’s new project, Half-Sister, the follow-up to his 2016 Karlovy Vary entry, Nightlife [+see also:
interview: Damjan Kozole
film profile], with the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award (worth €20,000).
The project, developed through production company Vertigo, tells the story of two estranged sisters who are, after 25 years of barely seeing each other, forced by circumstances to share an apartment.
The Macedonian Film Agency Award, worth €10,000, went to the Greek project Holy Emy by director and co-writer Araceli Lemos. The project is set in the Catholic Filipino community in Piraeus, where 22-year-old Emy suffers from a strange, supernatural condition: she cries blood. The producer of the film, Konstantinos Vassilaros, also received the MDM Scholarship.
The Arte International Relations Award and €6,000 went to the Bulgarian-UK project Cat in the Wall by Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova (The Beast Is Still Alive [+see also:
film profile]), in which a lost cat acts as a pretext for unfolding a social drama on a housing estate in London.
Serbian director Slobodan Šijan’s The Great Tram Robbery (read more) won a Special Mention. The return of one of the greatest filmmakers from the Yugoslav era attracted a lot of interest, and the co-production between Marko Paljić of Serbia's Gargantua Films, Damir Terešak of Croatia's Maxima Film, Srdjan Šarenac of Bosnia's Novi Film, and Boštjan Virc of Slovenia's Studio Virc already has financing from the Film Center Serbia and the Croatian Audiovisual Centre.
The Film Center Serbia CineLink Drama Award, worth €10,000, went to All Panthers Are Pink by creators and producers Miroslav Mogorović of Serbia's Art&Popcorn and Titus Kreyenberg of Germany's Unafilm. The story by writer Dimitrije Vojnov (The Samurai in Autumn [+see also:
film profile], Little Buddho) is based on the legendary gang of jewel thieves originating from the region of the former Yugoslavia, who operated internationally and never really ceased their activities.
A Special Mention went to Glycerin by Serbian tandem Miloš Pušić (Withering [+see also:
film profile]) and Ivan Knežević, who is also making one of the first two original HBO Adria series, Island. The urban comedy, set in Serbia's second-largest city, Novi Sad, has a fun logline: a way-past-his-prime small-town punk rocker decides to get his old band back together, to the excitement of absolutely no one.
Here is the complete list of prize winners:
CineLink Co-Production Market Awards
Eurimages Co-Production Development Award
(Director: Damjan Kozole; writers: Damjan Kozole, Urša Menart; producer: Danijel Hočevar – Vertigo)
Macedonian Film Agency CineLink Award
Holy Emy (Greece)
(Director: Araceli Lemos; writers: Araceli Lemos, Gulia Caruso; producers: Elina Psykou, Giulia Caruso, Konstantinos Vassilaros – StudioBauhaus)
Arte International Relations CineLink Award
Cat in the Wall (Bulgaria)
(Directors: Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova; writer: Mina Mileva; producers: Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova - Activist38)
The Great Tram Robbery (Serbia)
(Director: Slobodan Šijan; writers: Slobodan Šijan, Biljana Maksić, Vladimir Mančić; producer: Marko Paljić - Gargantua Films)
Konstantinos Vassilaros (Holy Emy)
(Directors: Ljubo Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska; producers: Ljubo Stefanov, Atanas Georgiev - Apollo Media, Trice Films)
Post Republic Award
The Day After I’m Gone (Israel)
(Director: Nimrod Eldar; producer: Eitan Mansuri; production company: Spiro Films Ltd)
What Comes Around [+see also:
film profile] – Reem Saleh (Egypt/Qatar)
(Director: Reem Saleh; producers: Reem Saleh, Konstantina Stavrianou; production company: Mazameer Productions)
CineLink Drama Awards
Film Center Serbia CineLink Drama Award
All Panthers Are Pink (Germany/Serbia)
(Creators: Titus Kreyenberg, Miroslav Mogorović; writer: Dimitrije Vojnov; producers: Titus Kreyenberg, Miroslav Mogorović; production companies: Unafilm, Art & Popcorn)
(Creators: Ivan Knežević, Miloš Pušić; writers: Ivan Knežević, Miloš Pušić; director: Miloš Pušić; producers: Ivan Knežević, Miloš Pušić – Altertise)
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