Wajib and Men Don’t Cry win the 10th PriFest
by Vassilis Economou
- The biggest Kosovar fiction-film event has wrapped its anniversary edition, crowning winners in eight different competition sections
The celebratory 10th Prishtina International Film Festival (PriFest), which ran from 17-22 July, ended on Saturday night with its awards ceremony.
The international jury for PriFest’s main competition, the European programme, comprising Ahmet Boyacıoğlu, Tina Hajon and Almir Djikoli, handed Palestinian director-screenwriter-producer Annemarie Jacir’s Wajib [+see also:
film profile] the Best European Film Award, while Anchor and Hope [+see also:
interview: Carlos Marques-Marcet
film profile] by Spaniard Carlos Marques-Marcet received the Special Jury Prize as well as the Media Jury Award.
The winner of the Balkan film competition, also known as the “Honey and Blood” programme, was Alen Drljević’s debut feature, Men Don’t Cry [+see also:
interview: Alen Drljević
film profile], as decided by jury members Johannes Naber, Hayet Benkara and Izabel Igel. The jury bestowed the Best Director Award upon Bulgaria’s Stephan Komandarev for his film Directions [+see also:
interview: Stephan Komandarev
film profile], which also received the FIPRESCI Jury Award. Kosovar actor Xhevdet Doda received the Best Actor Award for his performance in Gazmend Nela’s Rooftop Story, while Silma Mahmuti was crowned Best Actress for her role in The Witch Hunters [+see also:
film profile] by Raško Miljković. The International Achievement of a Kosovar Film/Actor Award went to acting duo Genc Salihu and Alban Ukaj for their performances in Blerta Zeqiri’s debut feature, The Marriage [+see also:
interview: Blerta Zeqiri
Finally, in the Documentary programme, Ayse Toprak’s Mr Gay Syria [+see also:
film profile] received the Best Documentary Award. The end of the ceremony had a surprise in store for PriFest’s directors, Vjosa and Fatos Berisha, as they were unexpectedly presented with a "Golden Goddess" by the festival’s honorary guest, Vanessa Redgrave.
Here is the complete list of winners at the 10th Prishtina International Film Festival:
Best Actor Award
Xhevdet Doda - Rooftop Story (Kosovo)
FIPRESCI Award – Best Balkan Film
Directions - Stephan Komandarev
Media Jury Award
Anchor and Hope - Carlos Marques-Marcet
Éclair - Marko Gjokovik (Macedonia)
Student Programme Award
Sun - Mjellma Istrefi (Kosovo/Italy)
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