Humidity and On the Other Side sweep Serbian awards
- The first official Serbian awards since 2007 took place at the 44th Belgrade FEST
Serbia hasn't had any official film awards since 2007, when the first Cinema City festival in Novi Sad was launched as a cooperative event between the Film Center Serbia (FCS) and the Exit music festival. After that edition, which was marred by many controversies, the FCS pulled out of Cinema City, and the festival developed on its own, with a concept that changed from year to year, until two years ago, when it established itself as an event for first- or second-time directors.
On the other hand, the International Film Festival Belgrade FEST, the largest and most popular film event in Serbia, which regularly sells over 100,000 tickets per edition, had been non-competitive until last year, when it introduced national and international competitions. This year, the FCS officially supported the national awards at the 44th FEST, and modelled on the Croatian national Pula Film Festival, there is also a competition for minority co-productions.
Nikola Ljuca's Humidity [+see also:
interview: Nikola Ljuca
film profile], which world-premiered in the Berlinale's Forum section, picked up the main award, the Belgrade Victor for Best Film, as well as Best Director and Best Actor for its lead, Miloš Timotijević. It also received a Special Mention from the jury for the Nebojsa Djukelić Award for Best Regional Film.
Best Actress went to Mirjana Karanović for A Good Wife [+see also:
film profile]. The actress, for whom the film is also a directorial debut, also won the newly established Milutin Čolić Award from the Politika newspaper.
Milena Marković won the Best Screenplay Award for Oleg Novković's Homeland [+see also:
film profile], which also picked up the FIPRESCI Prize, while writer-director Pavle Vučković won Best Debut Film for the Cannes title Panama [+see also:
Zrinko Ogresta's On the Other Side [+see also:
interview: Tihana Lazovic
interview: Zrinko Ogresta
film profile] triumphed in the minority co-productions competition, winning Best Film and Best Director, as well as the Nebojsa Djukelic Award. Lana Barić received the Award for Best Actor or Actress for her role in You Carry Me [+see also:
interview: Ivona Juka
film profile] by Ivona Juka.
FEST's international competition awards were almost completely split between US and Mexican films: The Diary of a Teenage Girl won Best Film, Best Director for Marielle Heller and Best Actress for Bel Powley, while 99 Homes received Best Screenplay for Ramin Bahrani and Best Actor for Michael Shannon. The Chosen Ones [+see also:
film profile] by David Pablos won the Jury Prize, and Ixcanul Volcano [+see also:
interview: Jayro Bustamante
film profile] by Jayro Bustamante was crowned Best Debut Film. A title with much more European involvement, Mediterranea [+see also:
interview: Jonas Carpignano
film profile] by Jonas Carpignano, took home the FEDEORA Prize in the international competition.
Lastly, in the Frontiers programme, Ludo by India's Qaushiq Mukherjee and Nikon won Best Film, with a Special Mention going to the Thai title The Blue Hour by Anucha Boonyawatana.
Here is the full list of award winners:
Belgrade Victor for Best Film
The Diary of a Teenage Girl – Marielle Heller
Marielle Heller – The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Ramin Bahrani – 99 Homes
Bel Powley – The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Michael Shannon – 99 Homes
National selection of Serbian films
Nikola Ljuca – Humidity
Miloš Timotijević – Humidity
Milutin Čolić Award
A Good Wife – Mirjana Karanović
Humidity – Nikola Ljuca
Next to Me – Stevan Filipović
Zrinko Ogresta – On the Other Side
Nebojsa Djukelic Award
On the Other Side – Zrinko Ogresta
Ludo – Qaushiq Mukherjee and Nikon
The Blue Hour – Anucha Boonyawatana