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ZAGREB 2018 Awards

The Load triumphs at Zagreb

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- Ognjen Glavonic's movie has won the Golden Pram for Best Film; other winners include Keep Going and Woman at War

The Load triumphs at Zagreb
Actor Leon Lučev, star of The Load, with the Golden Pram for Best Film (© Niko Goga)

Serbian filmmaker Ognjen Glavonić's The Load [+see also:
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has won the Golden Pram, the main award at the 16th Zagreb Film Festival, which took place from 11-18 November.

The screenplay for Glavonić's film, which world-premiered in the Cannes Directors' Fortnight, was partly developed through Zagreb's My First Script educational platform. The prize, worth €4,000, was given out by the jury comprising directors Juho Kuosmanen and Maja Miloš, and actress Deborah Kara Unger, who also decided to hand a Special Mention to Phuttiphong Aroonpheng's Manta Ray [+see also:
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(Thailand/France/China). 

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Joachim Lafosse's Keep Going [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Lafosse
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(Belgium/France) won the PLUS Award for the Best Youth Film, while Debra Granik's Leave No Trace triumphed in the Together Again competition for movies by directors whose earlier works took part in the festival's main competition, traditionally reserved for first or second efforts. 

In the International Short Film competition, the Golden Pram for Best International Short Film, worth €1,000, went to Iranian director Farnoosh Samadi's Gaze, while Poland's Dawid Bodzak received a Special Mention for Tremors.

In the Checkers programme, Croatia's strongest platform for up-and-coming local filmmakers, the Golden Pram Award, worth €1,350, was given to White Room by Mladen Stanić. Cherries by Dubravka Turić received a Special Mention.

Meanwhile, Benedikt Erlingsson's Woman at War [+see also:
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interview: Benedikt Erlingsson
interview: Benedikt Erlingsson
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, which has just snagged the European Parliament’s LUX Prize (see the news), scooped the Audience Award at Zagreb.

In the Industry Youth! section's pitching forum for student projects, How I Learned to Play Chess by Borjan Stojkov and Dušan Efremov from the Skopje Faculty of Dramatic Arts won the Best Pitch Award, which consists of image post-production services at the Vizije Studio, sound post-production at Studio Nazor, and film-poster design courtesy of Šesnić&Turković. 

Two projects received Special Mentions: Take Me to the Sea by Tamara Todorović and Andrija Dujović, from the Belgrade Faculty of Drama Arts, and Fragile by Tomislav Šoban and Adrijana Dimić, from the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Golden Pram
The Load [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Ognjen Glavonić
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]
- Ognjen Glavonić (Serbia/France/Croatia/Iran/Qatar)
Special Mention
Manta Ray [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
- Phuttiphong Aroonpheng (Thailand/France/China)

PLUS Award for Best Youth Film
Keep Going [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Joachim Lafosse
film profile
]
- Joachim Lafosse (Belgium/France)

Golden Bicycle for Best Film in the Together Again Competition
Leave No Trace - Debra Granik (USA/Canada) 

Golden Pram for Best International Short Film
Gaze - Farnoosh Samadi (Iran/Italy)
Special Mention
Tremors - Dawid Bodzak (Poland)

Golden Pram in the Checkers Programme
White Room - Mladen Stanić (Croatia)
Special Mention
Cherries – Dubravka Turić (Croatia)

Audience Award
Woman at War [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Benedikt Erlingsson
interview: Benedikt Erlingsson
film profile
]
 - Benedikt Erlingsson (Iceland/France/Ukraine)

Industry Youth! section

Best Pitch Award
How I Learned to Play Chess - Borjan Stojkov and Dušan Efremov (Skopje Faculty of Dramatic Arts)

Special Mentions
Take Me to the Sea - Tamara Todorović and Andrija Dujović (Belgrade Faculty of Drama Arts)
Fragile - Tomislav Šoban and Adrijana Dimić (Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Arts)

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