Juraj Lerotić’s Safe Place wins the Eurimages Award at CineLink
by Vassilis Economou
- The industry section of the 24th Sarajevo Film Festival has handed out its awards
The CineLink Industry Days, the Sarajevo Film Festival’s industry section, which ran from 11-16 August, has handed out its awards. The CineLink Co-Production Market jury, comprising Annamaria Lodato, Behrooz Hashemian, Boban Jevtić, Čedomir Kolar, Danijel Hočevar, Georges Goldenstern and Sehad Čekić, decided to award debutant filmmaker-screenwriter Juraj Lerotić with the €20,000 Eurimages Co-production Development Award for his project Safe Place.
The project is being produced by Boris T Matić, of Croatian production company Propeler Film, in co-production with Slovenia’s Staragara, and follows Damir, who’s trying to take his own life while his family wants to save him. Everything happens over a period of just 24 hours.
The Arte International Relations Award, worth €6,000, went to Pjer Žalica’s upcoming project May Labour Day, which tells a story that aims to uncover the truth about a crime that took place 23 years ago, during the war. It is worth mentioning that five former Yugoslav countries and France have boarded production of this project.
The Film Center Montenegro Award, worth €10,000, was bestowed upon the Albanian-Greek project A Cup of Coffee and New Shoes On by second-time writer-director Gentian Koçi (Daybreak [+see also:
interview: Gentian Koçi
film profile]). Produced by the director and Blerina Hankollari, the film follows two inseparable deaf-mute identical twin brothers in their forties who discover that they will go blind due to a genetic disease.
Finally, the EAVE Scholarship went to the project Fiume o morte! by Igor Bezinović, produced by Tibor Keser, Vanja Jambrović and Fabrizio Polpettini, which follows famous Italian poet Gabriele D’Annunzio, who, after World War I, conquered and declared an independent micro-state in the Croatian city of Fiume.
For a more detailed overview of the rest of the award-winning CineLink projects, you will shortly be able to read our articles on CineLink Work in Progress, CineLink Drama and the MIDPOINT winners (see the news).
Here is the complete list of prizewinners:
CineLink Co-Production Market Awards
Arte International Relations CineLink Award
May Labour Day – Pjer Žalica (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Croatia/France/Slovenia/Serbia/Montenegro)
Producers: Pjer Žalica, Aida Huseinović (FORUM Association for Art and Culture)
Co-production companies: Propeler Film, ASAP Films, Staragara, Bas Celik, Artikulacija Film
Film Center Montenegro CineLink Award
A Cup of Coffee and New Shoes On – Gentian Koçi (Albania/Greece)
Producers: Gentian Koçi, Blerina Hankollari (ARTLAB FILM)
Co-production company: Graal Films
Work in Progress Awards
Zavera – Andrei Gruzsniczki (Romania)
Producer: Alexandru Teodorescu (Saga Film)
Post Republic Award
Africa – Oren Gerner (Israel)
Producer: Itay Akirav (Film Harbour)
CineLink Iridium Award
Ibrahim – Lina Alabed (Palestine/Lebanon/Qatar/Denmark)
Producer: Rami El Nihawi (SakaDo)
Co-production company: Kirstine Barfod Film
CineLink Drama Awards
Film Center Serbia CineLink Drama Award
Greater Than the Death – Erhan Yürük, Boran Güney (Turkey)
Creators: Arya Su Altıoklar, Samim Türkmen
Writer: Avni Tuna Dilligil
Producers: Metin Alihan Yalçındağ, Mehmet Altıoklar, Yaman Birman (KısaKes Production)
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