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SARAJEVO 2022 Awards

Safe Place triumphs at Sarajevo

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- Juraj Lerotić has won the Best Feature Film Award and the Cineuropa Award for his powerful movie, as well as a Best Actor gong for his own performance

Safe Place triumphs at Sarajevo
Safe Place director Juraj Lerotič, holding two of his prizes

After winning the Best First Feature Award at Locarno earlier this month (see the news), Juraj Lerotić’s Safe Place [+see also:
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interview: Juraj Lerotić
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]
made it two for two on its festival travels in Sarajevo, where it has just won the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Feature Film. The emotive drama by the Croatian filmmaker was widely expected to win the prize, and he added another for his troubles with the recognition of his lead performance in the film, as well as scooping the Cineuropa Award. Based on his own personal experience, the picture tells the story of a family attempting to piece itself back together in the aftermath of a suicide attempt.

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Maryna er Gorbach’s Klondike [+see also:
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– one of the most urgently relevant of this year’s festival films, with its focus on occupied Eastern Ukraine – also pulled double duty, with it adding another Best Director Award after it won the very same accolade after its Sundance premiere. Vicky Krieps also gained another Best Actress trophy, for her widely admired work as Empress Elisabeth of Austria in Marie Kreutzer’s outré royal biopic Corsage [+see also:
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.

The feature-film jury handing out these awards included a bevy of recently acclaimed directors, with last year’s top winner Sebastian Meise taking on the role as president. The other filmmakers in the jury were Lucile Hadžihalilović and Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović, as well as Serbian actor Milan Marić and Israeli producer Katriel Schory.

Museum of the Revolution [+see also:
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interview: Srđan Keča
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by Srđan Kečaj snagged the Best Documentary Award. Originally premiering in the final months of last year at IDFA, the film unveils the slightly surreal story of a museum from communist Yugoslavia that was left unfinished, and follows the people squatting in its basement in the present day. A jury comprising Azerbaijani director Hilal Baydarov (who just premiered Sermon to the Fish [+see also:
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at Locarno), Georgian documentarian Salome Jashi and Dutch curator Margje de Koning were in charge of dispensing the gongs in that section.

The festival, running from 13-19 August this year, toasted a week that boasted record attendance, with sales exceeding the pre-pandemic year of 2019 and cinemas at full capacity. There was also a noted effort to boost Ukrainian filmmakers, both across its competitive sections and also through its tribute and retrospective to Sergei Loznitsa.

The full awards list is as follows:

Competition Programme - Feature Film

Best Feature Film
Safe Place [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Juraj Lerotić
film profile
]
- Juraj Lerotić (Croatia)

Best Director
Maryna Er Gorbach - Klondike [+see also:
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interview: Maryna Er Gorbach
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]
(Ukraine/Turkey)

Best Actress
Vicky Krieps - Corsage [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Marie Kreutzer
film profile
]
(Austria/Luxembourg/Germany/France)

Best Actor
Juraj Lerotić - Safe Place

Competition Programme - Documentary Film

Best Documentary Film
Museum of the Revolution [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Srđan Keča
film profile
]
- Srđan Keča (Serbia/Croatia/Czech Republic)

Best Short Documentary Film
We, … Composition - Visar Jusufi (Kosovo/Germany)

Human Rights Award
Bigger than Trauma [+see also:
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interview: Vedrana Pribačić, Mirta Puh…
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]
- Vedrana Pribačić (Croatia)

Special Jury Award
Fragile Memory [+see also:
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interview: Igor Ivanko
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]
- Igor Ivanko (Ukraine/Slovakia)

Special Jury Mention
Babajanja - Ante Zlatko Stolica (Croatia)

Shorts and student films

Best Short Film
Amok - Balázs Turai (Hungary/Romania)

Special Jury Mention
5pm Seaside - Valentin Stejskal (Austria/Greece)

Best Student Film
It’s Not Cold for Mosquitoes - Josip Lukić/Klara Šovagović (Croatia)

Special Award for Promoting Gender Equality
Aftersun [+see also:
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- Charlotte Wells (UK/USA)

Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Awards
Jesse Eisenberg
Sergei Loznitsa
Mads Mikkelsen
Ruben Östlund
Paul Schrader

Awards of the Association of Bosnian Filmmakers

Ivica Matić” Award for Overall Contribution to Bosnian and Herzegovinian Film
Nedžad Begović

Ivica Matić” Award
The White Fortress [+see also:
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interview: Igor Drljača
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]
- Igor Drljača (Canada/Bosnia and Herzegovina)

BH Film Student Programme

Best BH Student Film
I Didn’t Make It to Love Her - Anna Fernandez de Paco (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Spain/UK)

Special Jury Award
Sediment - Branislav Stošić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Special Jury Mention
Boja - Anna Fernandez de Paco (Bosnia and Herzegovina/UK)

Pack & Pitch

CineLink Award
The Poor Dove - Calin Laur (Moldova/Romania)
Special Mention
Mother - Aleksandar Arsovski (producer) (North Macedonia)

European Short Film Candidate for the 2022 European Film Awards
Bachelorette Party - Lola Cambourieu, Yann Berlier (France)

Cineuropa Award
Safe Place - Juraj Lerotić

CICAE Award
Safe Place - Juraj Lerotić

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