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SARAJEVO 2019 Awards

Take Me Somewhere Nice triumphs at Sarajevo

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- Other winners include A Tale of Three Sisters, And Then We Danced and When the Persimmons Grew; the Cineuropa Prize went to Rounds

Take Me Somewhere Nice triumphs at Sarajevo
The winners of the 2019 Sarajevo Film Festival

The 25th Sarajevo Film Festival announced its awards last night at a ceremony held in the National Theatre. Ena Sendarijević's Take Me Somewhere Nice [+see also:
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interview: Ena Sendijarević
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]
triumphed in the Feature Competition, winning the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Film. The Dutch-Bosnian co-production world-premiered in the Tiger Competition at Rotterdam, where it snagged a Special Mention.

The Heart of Sarajevo for Best Director went to Turkey's Emin Alper for the Berlinale competition title A Tale of Three Sisters [+see also:
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interview: Emin Alper
interview: Emin Alper
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. The film also won the CICAE Award.

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Bulgaria's Irini Jambonas, from Stephan Komandarev's Rounds [+see also:
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, which world-premiered at Sarajevo, received the Best Actress Award, and in addition, the film picked up the Cineuropa Prize.

Levan Gelbakhiani, the star of Levan Akin's Cannes Directors' Fortnight entry And Then We Danced [+see also:
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interview: Levan Akin
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, was crowned Best Actor. The Georgian thesp also won Best Actor at Odesa last month, where the film shared the Grand Prix with the Ukrainian film Homeward [+see also:
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.

In the Documentary Competition, the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Film went to the Azerbaijani-Austrian co-production When the Persimmons Grew [+see also:
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by Hilal Baydarov. The picture world-premiered at Visions du Réel, where it picked up the Jury Prize and the Interreligious Prize.

Hungarian director Réka Szabó's The Euphoria of Being [+see also:
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, which world-premiered and triumphed in Locarno's Critics’ Week just days ago, received the Human Rights Award. Bosnian filmmaker Sajra Subašić was given the Special Jury Prize for her seven-minute documentary Stack of Material.

Finally, the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Short Film went to Serbian filmmaker Stefan Đorđević for The Last Image of Father, which came straight from Locarno, where it picked up the Youth Jury Prize.

Here is the full list of Sarajevo Film Festival award winners:

Feature Competition

Heart of Sarajevo for Best Film
Take Me Somewhere Nice [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Ena Sendijarević
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]
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- Ena Sendarijević (Netherlands/Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Heart of Sarajevo for Best Director
Emin Alper - A Tale of Three Sisters [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Emin Alper
interview: Emin Alper
film profile
]
(Turkey/Germany/Netherlands/Greece)

Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actress
Irini Jambonas - Rounds [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Stephan Komandarev
film profile
]
(Bulgaria/Serbia/France)

Heart Of Sarajevo for Best Actor
Levan Gelbakhiani - And Then We Danced [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Levan Akin
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]
(Georgia/Sweden/France)

Documentary Competition

Heart of Sarajevo for Best Documentary Film
When the Persimmons Grew [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
- Hilal Baydarov (Azerbaijan/Austria)

Human Rights Award
The Euphoria of Being [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
- Réka Szabó (Hungary)

Special Jury Prize
Stack of Material - Sajra Subašić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Short Film Competition

Heart of Sarajevo for Best Short Film (Oscar-qualifying)
The Last Image of Father - Stefan Đorđević (Serbia/Croatia/Greece)

Special Jury Mention
The Last Trip to the Seaside - Adi Voicu (Romania)

Student Film Competition

Heart of Sarajevo for Best Student Film
Sherbet - Nikola Stojanović (Serbia)

Partner awards

Cineuropa Prize
Rounds - Stephan Komandarev

CICAE Award
A Tale of Three Sisters – Emin Alper

Sarajevo Short Film Nominee for the Candidacy for the European Film Awards (Oscar-qualifying)
Excess Will Save Us - Morgane Dziurla-Petit (Sweden)

ICDN Casting Directors Award
Sara Törnkvist - Border [+see also:
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interview: Ali Abbasi
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]
(Sweden/Denmark)

BH Film Student Programme

Best B&H Student Film Award
Costacurta (Tale of Satankrajina) - Saša Karanović

Special Jury Award
I’m Not Here - Sara Radusinović

Special Mention
Neither Sunny Nor Cloudy - Anvar Nijemčević

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