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A Good Wife wins the first ArteKino Festival

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- Mirjana Karanović’s film has received the Nespresso Audience Award at the first edition of the online gathering, which ended on 9 October

A Good Wife wins the first ArteKino Festival
A Good Wife by Mirjana Karanović

Serbian actress and director Mirjana Karanović’s debut feature, A Good Wife [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, has been chosen by the audience as the best film of the first edition of the ArteKino Festival. The film has won the Nespresso Audience Award, which also includes a €50,000 award that goes to the film’s director and the sales agent (Films Boutique), in order to promote the film in new territories.

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The festival, presented by ARTE and Festival Scope, with Cineuropa as one of its partners, offered internet users from 44 European countries (with a limited 50,000 tickets) the chance to watch ten European feature films for free over a ten-day period, from 30 September to 9 October. In the words of ARTE France Cinéma managing director Olivier Père, the festival “is another way of guiding filmmakers, of showing our enthusiasm for certain directors and a certain type of film” (read our interview).

A Good Wife follows Milena, a middle-aged woman happily living in an upscale suburb of Belgrade, whose consciousness begins to harbour unsettling thoughts when she finds out about the hidden past of her seemingly ideal husband, linked to the demons of war in the recent history of the Balkans. It is nonetheless safe to say the audiences have voted for one of the least challenging, but by no means the least accomplished, films in the selection. Karanović’s complex and delicate drama was surrounded by Albert Serra’s conceptual Last Days of Louis XIV [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Albert Serra
film profile
]
, Ulrich Seidl’s morally and visually compelling Safari [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, the dreamy mixtures of fiction and documentary offered by Pietro Marcello and Alessandro Comodin, Lost and Beautiful [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Pietro Marcello ­
film profile
]
and Happy Times Will Come Soon [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, Nicolette Krebitz’s imaginative Wild [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, João Nicolau’s delightful John From [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, Sébastien Laudenbach’s animated The Girl Without Hands [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Philippe Faucon’s powerful social drama Fatima [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Philippe Faucon
film profile
]
, and Argyris Papadimitropoulos’s striking Suntan [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Argyris Papadimitropoulos
film profile
]
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