Exile triumphs at Sarajevo
- 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
Kosovo-born and Germany-based filmmaker Visar Morina's Sundance and Berlinale title Exile [+see also:
interview: Visar Morina
film profile], 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:
interview: Ru Hasanov
film profile], which had its world premiere at the festival.
Croatia's Marija Škaričić won the Heart of Sarajevo for best actress for her role in Andrea Štaka's Mare [+see also:
interview: Andrea Staka
film profile], repeating her 2006 success when she triumphed for her role in Fräulein [+see also:
film profile], 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:
interview: Georgis Grigorakis
film profile] 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:
interview: Mladen Kovačević
Romanian documentaries picked up the other two prizes: the Special Jury Award went to Andrei Dăscălescu’s Holy Father [+see also:
film profile], while Radu Ciorniciuc's Sundance prizewinner Acasă - My Home [+see also:
interview: Radu Ciorniciuc
film profile] 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:
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
Competition - Documentary Film
Competition - Student Film
Heart of Sarajevo for Best Student Film
The Great Istanbul Depression - Zeynep Dilan Süren (Turkey/Japan)
Honorary Heart of Sarajevo
Exile - Visar Morina
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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