Pity and Virgins triumph at the Montenegro Film Festival
- Other winners at the 32nd edition of the Herceg Novi-based event included Let the Corpses Tan, Radu Jude's "...Barbarians" and Comic Sans
The 32nd Montenegro Film Festival in Herceg Novi, which took place from 1-7 August, wrapped on Tuesday night with Babis Makridis' Pity [+see also:
interview: Babis Makridis
film profile] picking up the Grand Prix and the Golden Mimosa for Best Actor, for Yannis Drakopoulos.
Radu Jude scooped Best Screenplay for “I Do Not Care if We Go Down in History as Barbarians” [+see also:
film profile], and the Živko Nikolić Award for Special Contribution to Cinema went to Let the Corpses Tan [+see also:
interview: Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani
film profile] by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani.
The jury also gave a Special Mention to Lazy Guy, a low-budget film by 25-year-old Montenegrin debutant Aleksa Stefan Radunović.
The Serbian children's film The Witch Hunters [+see also:
film profile] by Raško Miljković won the Audience Award, while Nevio Marasović's Comic Sans [+see also:
film profile] received the FEDEORA Award.
This year's Official Competition focused on European cinema, with ten out of the 12 films coming from the south-eastern part of the continent. The festival opened with the European premiere of Tribeca winner Smuggling Hendrix [+see also:
interview: Marios Piperides
film profile] by Cypriot director Marios Piperidis.
"Over 70 films were screened in the programme, including European, regional and Montenegrin premieres," says Jelena Mišeljić, the festival's programme director. "The central purpose of the festival is to become an open space for authors and films that nourish authentic artistic sensibility, and a bold approach to social reality, film language and production, highlighting the overview of contemporary poetics and expression."
Serbian filmmaker Dejan Petrović's The Same triumphed in the Documentary Competition, while Croatia's Tomislav Djurinec won in the Student Film Competition with Home for Christmas.
The first edition of Mini Pitch, organised in collaboration with the Montenegro Film Centre and the Zagreb Film Festival, involved the presentation of three local student projects, and the €2,000 award went to Mladen Ivanović's Observer. The project will also take part in the Croatian event's Industry Youth! section at the next edition in November.
Here is the full list of award winners:
Golden Mimosa for Best Screenplay
Radu Jude – “I Do Not Care if We Go Down in History as Barbarians” [+see also:
film profile] (Romania/Czech Republic/France/Bulgaria/Germany)
Golden Mimosa for Best Actor
Yannis Drakopoulos - Pity
Golden Mimosa for Best Actress
Joy Rieger - Virgins
Lazy Guy - Aleksa Stefan Radunović (Montenegro)
Grand Prix - Golden Mimosa for Best Documentary
The Same - Dejan Petrović (Serbia)
Ionaș Dreams of Rain - Dragoș Hanciu (Romania)
Circle - Jayisha Patel (India)
The Summer at Ten - Chen Hao (China)
Student Film Competition
Home for Christmas - Tomislav Djurinec (Croatia)
Marica - Judita Gamulin (Croatia)
Loop - Matija Gluščević (Serbia)
Observer - Mladen Ivanović (Montenegro)
Did you enjoy reading this article? Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive more stories like this directly in your inbox.