Naked Island wins Best Croatian Documentary at Liburnia
by Vladan Petkovic
- Other winners at the 13th Liburnia Film Festival included I Like That Super Most the Best, The Spirits Diary and School Time for Miss Roma
The 13th edition of the Liburnia Film Festival (LFF, 25-29 August), dedicated to Croatian documentaries, wrapped on Saturday in Ičići, near Opatija, with Tiha K Gudac's Naked Island [+see also:
film profile] winning the Best Film Award. Produced by Factum, Naked Island also received the Best Editing Award for Dragan von Petrović.
A Special Mention went to Mario Papić's 18-minute Eyes of Glass, an experimental portrait of the city of Zagreb.
Eva Kraljević's I Like That Super Most the Best won the Audience Award. The director recently won the EDN Grant at Sarajevo for the film, which also snagged the Audience Award at ZagrebDox, where it had its world premiere.
The Best Film and Audience Award winners will receive HRK 7,000 (€928) each, and this is the first time the gathering has been able to deliver a financial prize, thanks to the Indiegogo campaign it had been running since early June.
The Best Director Award went to Vesna Ćudić's School Time for Miss Roma. The film follows three teenage Roma girls from a settlement in Croatia's Baranja region as they struggle with the decision of whether or not to continue their education. The award includes the opportunity for the director to participate in Ex Oriente Film, supported by the European Documentary Network. Produced by Nukleus Film, School Time for Miss Roma previously won two awards at the 24th Croatian Film Days.
Damir Čučić's The Spirits Diary won Best Sound Design for Martin Semenčić and Best Cinematography for Boris Poljak. The film combines audio materials from recently deceased sound designer and illegal spirits distiller Mario Haber, which he recorded while making rakija with his friends, with almost abstract, double-exposure images shot as a reconstruction of the process. The movie previously won the Best Camera, Best Music and Best Sound Awards at the Belgrade Short and Documentary Festival, and Best Sound Design at Pula.
Igor Bezinović's 34-minute Veruda - A Film About Bojan won the Best Regional Film Award (at LFF, the region consists of Istria and Kvarner). The director will receive direct entry and a 50% discount for the Balkan Documentary Center's Discoveries in Sofia project development programme.
Finally, Rasim Karalić's A Letter to Ohio bagged a Special Mention in the regional competition.
The jury was composed of Lejla Dedić, a producer at Al Jazeera Balkans, film directors Tatjana Božić, Elvis Lenić and Igor Paulić, and artist and filmmaker Davor Tatić.