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The High Sun sweeps Pula Film Festival

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- Serbian director Stevan Filipović's Next to Me wins International Competition, No One's Child wins three minority co-production awards

The High Sun sweeps Pula Film Festival
Awards Ceremony of the 62nd Pula Film Festival

The 62nd edition of Croatia's national Pula Film Festival (July 17-25) wrapped last Saturday, with Cannes Un Certain Regard Jury Prize winner, The High Sun [+see also:
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interview: Dalibor Matanic
interview: Tihana Lazovic
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by Dalibor Matanić, scooping up seven awards, including the Grand Golden Arena for Best Film. 

The champion co-production between Croatia's Kinorama, Slovenia's Gustav Film and Serbia's SEE Pro Film also won Best Director (Matanić), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Tihana Lazović), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Nives Ivanković), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Dado Ćosić), and Best Costume Design (Ana Savić Gecan). In addition, the film received the Octavian prize from the Croatian Film Critics' Association.

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Ivona Juka's You Carry Me [+see also:
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- which recently had its world premiere in Karlovy Vary's East of the West section- picked up Golden Arenas for Best Cinematography (Mario Oljača), Best Music (Teho Teardo), Best Visual Effects (Zoran Čulić and Nebojša Rogić), and the Breza Award for Best Debutant (actress Helena Benjan).

Ognjen Sviličić's These Are the Rules [+see also:
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won Golden Arenas for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Emir Hadžihafizbegović, who won Best Actor at the film’s world premier at Venice Horizons last year), and Best Set Design (Ivan Veljača). 

Branko Schmidt's Ungiven [+see also:
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received awards for Best Screenplay (Josip Mlakić) and Best Editing (Vesna Lazeta and Hrvoje Mršić).

Martin Semenčić received the Golden Arena for Best Sound Design for his work on Damir Čučić's experimental documentary, The Spirits Diary. Best Make-Up went to Mojca Gorogranc Petrushevska for Daniel Kušan's childrens' hit Love or Death [+see also:
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, and Brano Repalust won Best Special Effects for Ivan Livaković's The Enchanting Porkers [+see also:
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. The Rainfall,
by Marko Dugonjić, received the Best Short Film award, while Serbian director Stefan Ivančić won the Student Competition with Moonless Summer [+see also:
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.

The Golden Gate of Pula Audience Award went to Darko Bajić's Serbian-Croatian-Slovenian co-production We Will Be the World Champions [+see also:
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, which tells the story of the rise of Yugoslav basketball, culminating in victory over team USA at the 1970 World Cup finals held in Ljubljana.

In the International Competition, which included titles such as Dheepan [+see also:
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Q&A: Jacques Audiard
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, The Lobster [+see also:
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Q&A: Yorgos Lanthimos
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, Trash
 [+see also:
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and Corn Island [+see also:
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interview: George Ovashvili
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, the Best Film Award went to Stevan Filipović's Next to Me [+see also:
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interview: Stevan Filipović
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, which held its world premiere at the festival. Ivan Ostrochovsky's Koza [+see also:
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interview: Ivan Ostrochovský
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received a special mention and won the award for best film in the Friends and Neighbours programme.

Finally, in the Croatian Minority Co-production Competition, all three awards went to Vuk Ršumović's No One's Child [+see also:
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with Golden Arenas for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Acting Performance (Denis Murić). 

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