22nd Sarajevo Film Festival Awards

The Turkish film ALBUM (ALBÜM) directed by Mehmet Can Mertoğlu has won the Heart Of Sarajevo For Best Feature Film at the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival.

In Album, a childless couple sets out to prepare a fake photo album of a pseudo pregnancy period complete with photos taken on a beach, at work or while they are lounging at home. One day, it could persuade their adopted child that they are its loving biological parents. Of course, they also want to have an album that they can share with their friends and co-workers. Bahar and Cüneyt are a typical middle-class couple sharing the beliefs, dreams and preoccupations of their narrow-minded social group. A child would complete their image of a perfect couple.

GODLESS (BEZBOG), directed by Bulgarian filmmaker Ralitza Petrova which recently won the Golden Leopard at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival, was awarded the Special Jury Prize. In addition, lead actress Irena Ivanova won the Heart Of Sarajevo For Best Actress.

DOGS (CÂINI) directed by Bogdan Mirică received the Special Jury Mention; and the film’s lead actor Gheorghe Visu won the Heart Of Sarajevo For Best Actor.

The Romanian film A MERE BREATH / DOAR O RASUFLARE directed by Monica Lazurean – Gorgan won the Heart Of Sarajevo For Best Documentary Film, and the Human Rights Award.

A MERE BREATH explores the profoundly contradictory nature of family love. Both a journey of initiation and a theological parable, the film follows seven years in the life of Sicrea family in Romania, capturing trials and tribulations of Dobrin who is waiting for a miracle that will help his youngest daughter get up from her wheelchair. As we watch his children grow up and become adults, we witness the deep impact of Dobrun’s close connection to God on relationships between members of his family.

SCREAM FOR ME SARAJEVO directed by Tarik Hodžić won the Special Jury Prize For Competition Program Documentary Film; and the Turkish film BAGLAR directed by Berke Bas, Melis Birder was awarded the Special Jury Mention.

22nd Sarajevo Film Festival Awards

OFFICIAL AWARDS

COMPETITION PROGRAM – FEATURE FILM

HEART OF SARAJEVO FOR BEST FEATURE FILM
ALBUM / ALBÜM
Turkey, France, Romania
Director: Mehmet Can Mertoğlu
Producers: Yoel Meranda, Eytan İpeker

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
GODLESS / BEZBOG
Bulgaria, France, Denmark
Director: Ralitza Petrova

In a remote Bulgarian town, Gana looks after demented elderly people while also trafficking their ID cards to be sold on the underground fake identity market. At home, she provides for her jobless mother with whom she hardly ever speaks. Her relationship with her mechanic boyfriend is no shelter for love either – with sexual attraction vanished, their intimacy is reduced to a shared addiction to morphine. Nothing seems to have an impact on the nurse’s conscience, not even an accidental murder of a patient that threatens to expose her fraudulent dealings.

SPECIAL JURY MENTION
DOGS / CÂINI
Romania, France, Bulgaria, Qatar
Director: Bogdan Mirică

HEART OF SARAJEVO FOR BEST ACTRESS
Irena Ivanova, GODLESS / BEZBOG

HEART OF SARAJEVO FOR BEST ACTOR
Gheorghe Visu, DOGS / CÂINI

COMPETITION PROGRAM – SHORT FILM

HEART OF SARAJEVO FOR BEST SHORT FILM
TRANSITION / TRANZICIJA
Serbia
Director: Milica Tomović

Jana has two days before she leaves for America to join a postgraduate study program there. She uses that time to say goodbye to the members of her band, her friends, relatives and her former girlfriend. Only her sister knows the truth – Jana is not leaving the country to study, but to have a sex reassignment surgery abroad. Jana has two days to say goodbye to her old life.

SPECIAL JURY MENTION
4:15 P.M. THE END OF THE WORLD / 4:15 P.M. SFÂRȘITUL LUMII
Romania
Director: Gabi Virginia Șarga, Cătălin Rotaru

A courier takes a hitchhiker on the road. When the hitchhiker warns him that the end of the world is around the corner, the courier labels him as crazy…

SPECIAL JURY MENTION
THE BEAST / ZVIR
Croatia
Director: Miroslav Sikavica

A 100-year old woman called Nada and her 75-year old daughter Vera have a tense yet close relationship. The childlike Vera takes care of her mute and frail, though at times cruel, mother until one evening a bat flies into Nada’s room and starts hibernating underneath her bed.

COMPETITION PROGRAM – DOCUMENTARY FILM

HEART OF SARAJEVO FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM

A MERE BREATH / DOAR O RASUFLARE
A MERE BREATH / DOAR O RASUFLARE

A MERE BREATH / DOAR O RASUFLARE
Romania
Director: Monica Lazurean – Gorgan

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE FOR COMPETITION PROGRAMME DOCUMENTARY FILM
SCREAM FOR ME SARAJEVO
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Director: Tarik Hodžić

A documentary film about Sarajevo during the 1992-95 siege; specifically a film about the music scene in the besieged Bosnian capital with special focus on a concert held in the city’s BKC music hall by Bruce Dickinson on December 14, 1994. It is a film about people who risked their lives to perform for the people who risked their lives in order to live them.

SPECIAL JURY MENTION
BAGLAR
Turkey
Director: Berke Bas, Melis Birder

An underdog basketball team from hard scrabble Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey goes beyond winning games in their mission to rise above prejudice, poverty and political turmoil created by the decades long conflict between the Turkish state and Kurdish rebels who are fighting for local autonomy and cultural rights.

HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD
SCREAM FOR ME SARAJEVO
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Director: Tarik Hodžić
Award for the best film of the Competition Programme – Documentary Film dealing with the subject of human rights. Award in the amount of 3,000 € is granted by The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

HUMAN RIGHTS SPECIAL MENTION
BORDERS
Slovenia
Director: Damjan Kozole

A beautiful autumn day. Escorted by police officers and soldiers, a line of migrants and refugees make their way from the “Schengen area border” between Croatia and Slovenia to a reception center in the Slovenian town of Brežice.

HONORARY HEART OF SARAJEVO
Robert De Niro, Actor, Director, Producer
Stephen Frears, Director
Wolfgang Amadeus Brülhart, Former Deputy Chief of Mission and Cultural Counselor at the Embassy of Switzerland in Bosnia and Herzegovina

CINELINK AWARDS

CINELINK CO-PRODUCTION MARKET AWARD

EURIMAGES COPRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT AWARD
GOD EXISTS, HER NAME IS PETRUNIJA
Director: Teona S Mitevska
Scriptwriters: Elma Tataragić, Teona S Mitevska
Producer: Labina Mitevska
Macedonia
– 20.000 €

ARTE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS CINELINK AWARD
ELA AND HILMI
Director: Ziya Demirel
Producer: Anna Maria Aslanoglu
Turkey

MACEDONIAN FILM AGENCY CINELINK AWARD
OTTO THE BARBARIAN
Director: Ruxandra Maria Ghitescu
Producer: Iuliana Tarnovetchi
Romania

MDM EAVE SCHOLARSHIP
LOOKING FOR VENERA
Belina Jano

WORK IN PROGRESS AWARDS

TRT AWARD
HOSTAGES
Director: Rezo Gigineishili
Producer: Tamara Tatishvili
Georgia

POST REPUBLIC AWARD
TOUCH ME NOT
Director: Adina Pintilie
Producers: Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan, Adina Pintilie
Romania

ONE OF THESE DAYS
Director: Nadim Tabet
Producer: Georges Schoucair
Lebanon

RESTART AWARD
HOLY AIR
Director: Shady Srour
Producer: Ilan Moskovitch
Israel

DOCU ROUGH CUT BOUTIQUE AWARDS

IDFA AWARD
CITY OF THE SUN
Director: Rati Oneli
The recipient will visit IDFA where they will meet with film professionals to discuss the project that participated in Sarajevo.

CAT &DOCS AWARD
IN THE SHADOW OF WAR
Reyan Tuvi

HBO ADRIA AWARD
IN THE SHADOW OF WAR
ReyanTuvi

DOK PREVIEW AWARD
IN THE SHADOW OF WAR
Reyan Tuvi
The recipient will participate in the DOK Preview program, part of DOK Leipzig

WORK IN PROGRESS DIGITAL CUBE AWARD
ULTRA
Balazs Simonyi

22nd Sarajevo Film Festival Partner’s Awards

22nd Sarajevo Film Festival Partner's Awards

AWARDS OF ASSOCIATION OF BOSNIAN FILMMAKERS

Ivica Matić Award for Life Achivement
Ademir Kenović
Director and producer

Ivica Matić Award
Erol Zubčević
Director of photography

Ivica Matić Award
Amra Bakšić Čamo
Producer

Cineuropa Award
ALBUM
Mehmet Can Mertoğlu

CICAE Award
ALBUM
Mehmet Can Mertoğlu

The European Documentary Network -Talent Grant
DOWN THERE
Đorđe Cenić, Hermann Peseckas

Sarajevo Short Film Nominee for European Film Awards 2016
LIMBO
Konstantina Kotzamani

Best Pack & Pitch Award (Talents Sarajevo Pack & Pitch)
The best pitch
Carla Fotea

The best pitch
Silva Ćapin
An Invitation to CineLink’s Co-production Market Sarajevo

BH FILM STUDENT PROGRAM AWARD

Best B&H Student Film Award
FRONTRIER, BLOODY FRONTRIER
Saša Karanović (Akademija umjetnosti Banja Luka)

Special Jury Mention
NIGHT
Pilar Palomero (film.factory)

Special Jury Award
REVENGE
Katarina Živanović (Fakultet dramskih i filmskih umjetnosti Bijeljina)

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