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SARAJEVO 2020 Awards

Exile triumphs at Sarajevo

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- Visar Morina's drama won the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Feature and Cineuropa Award, Ru Hasanov received the Best Director award, and Merry Christmas, Yiwu was crowned Best Documentary

Exile triumphs at Sarajevo
Exile director Visar Morina with his Heart of Sarajevo for Best Feature

Kosovo-born and Germany-based filmmaker Visar Morina's Sundance and Berlinale title Exile [+see also:
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, starring Michel Maticevic and Sandra Hüller, triumphed at the online, 26th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival, winning the Heart of Sarajevo for best feature film as well as the Cineuropa Award.

Azerbaijan's Ru Hasanov received the Heart of Sarajevo for best director for his second feature film, The Island Within [+see also:
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, which had its world premiere at the festival.

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Croatia's Marija Škaričić won the Heart of Sarajevo for best actress for her role in Andrea Štaka's Mare [+see also:
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, repeating her 2006 success when she triumphed for her role in Fräulein [+see also:
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, the first feature film by the same director. Mare also received the CICAE Award.

The Heart of Sarajevo for best actor went to Greece's Vangelis Mourikis who stars in Digger [+see also:
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by Georgis Grigorakis, which world-premiered at the Berlinale where it won the CICAE Award.

In the documentary competition, Serbian filmmaker Mladen Kovačević came out on top with his Rotterdam title Merry Christmas, Yiwu [+see also:
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.

Romanian documentaries picked up the other two prizes: the Special Jury Award went to Andrei Dăscălescu’s Holy Father [+see also:
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, while Radu Ciorniciuc's Sundance prizewinner Acasă - My Home [+see also:
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received the Human Rights Award.

The Heart of Sarajevo for best short film went to Croatia's Tin Žanić for Antiotpad, which qualifies it for the Oscars. Greek filmmaker Anastasia Kratidi received a special mention for In Her Steps.

The Audentia Award for the best woman director, chosen from a pool of 12 films that screened in various sections, was handed to Kiev-born, Berlin-based filmmaker Natalija Yefimkina for the Berlinale's Perspektive Deutsches Kino documentary Garage People [+see also:
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.

Lasse Linder's short All Cats Are Grey in the Dark won Sarajevo's candidacy for the European Film Awards.

Full list of awards:

Competition - Feature Film

Heart of Sarajevo for Best Film
Exile [+see also:
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]
- Visar Morina (Germany/Belgium/Kosovo)

Heart of Sarajevo for Best Firector
Ru Hasanov - The Island Within [+see also:
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]
(Azerbaijan/France)

Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actress
Marija Škaričić - Mare [+see also:
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interview: Andrea Staka
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]
(Switzerland/Croatia)

Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actor
Vangelis Mourikis - Digger [+see also:
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interview: Georgis Grigorakis
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]
(Greece/France)

Competition - Documentary Film

Heart of Sarajevo for Best Documentary
Merry Christmas, Yiwu [+see also:
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interview: Mladen Kovačević
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]
- Mladen Kovačević (Serbia/Sweden/Germany/France/Belgium/Qatar)

Special Jury Award
Holy Father [+see also:
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]
- Andrei Dăscălescu (Romania)

Human Rights Award
Acasă - My Home [+see also:
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interview: Radu Ciorniciuc
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]
- Radu Ciorniciuc (Romania/Finland/Germany)

Competition - Student Film

Heart of Sarajevo for Best Student Film
The Great Istanbul Depression - Zeynep Dilan Süren (Turkey/Japan)

Honorary Heart of Sarajevo
Michel Franco
Mads Mikkelsen

Partner Awards

Cineuropa Award
Exile - Visar Morina

Audentia Award
Garage People [+see also:
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- Natalija Yefimkina (Germany)

CICAE Award
Mare - Andrea Štaka

Sarajevo Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards
All Cats Are Grey in the Dark - Lasse Linder (Switzerland)

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