Celts wins the main award at Locarno Pro’s First Look
by Vassilis Economou
- Documentaries Telenovela Greyscale in Color and Resisting Landscapes were also awarded at the work-in-progress section that this year was dedicated to Serbian cinema
Celts, directed by Milica Tomović, has emerged as the big winner at the ninth edition of First Look, one of Locarno Pro’s best-established initiatives. Running for three days (9-11 August), this year, First Look showcased six films from Serbia that are currently in post-production and were presented by their producers and directors to sales agents, programmers and industry professionals. Supported by the Film Center Serbia, the project was managed by Markus Duffner.
The awards were announced on Sunday afternoon by the international jury, comprising the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival’s artistic director Tiina Lokk, the Torino Film Festival’s artistic director, Emanuela Martini, and Berlinale’s programmer, Lorenzo Esposito. The jury awarded the debut feature film Celts — by writer-director Milica Tomović, produced by the filmmaker and by Vladimir Vasiljević of the Belgrade-based EED Productions — with a prize worth €65,000 in post-production services sponsored by Cinelab Bucharest. The drama is set in the middle of the country’s breakup, where three generations, equally hilarious and deranged, attend a child’s costumed birthday party.
Debut feature documentary, Telenovela Greyscale in Color by Filip Martinović, won the €5,600 Advertising Services Award from Le Film Français. Produced by the director and by Nikola Savićević of GULU GULU Presenta, the documentary follows Filip, who was born in Belgrade but raised in Barcelona, as he asks himself where he actually is from. In his search, he will discover aspects of his family’s history.
Finally, creative documentary Resisting Landscapes, the sophomore work by Berlin-based filmmaker and video artist Marta Popivoda (Yugoslavia: How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body) received the €5,000 award from Kaiju Cinema D/ffusion for the creation of key art design. Produced by Popivoda and Dragana Jovović of Theory at Work, in co-production with Bocalupo Films (France), the film depicts the voyage through the landscapes of vanishing memory of Sonja, an elderly lady, who was an antifascist fighter, the first Partisan woman in Serbia and a member of the Resistance at Auschwitz.
The other three projects that were presented at Locarno Pro’s First Look were the following documentaries: In Praise of Love by Tamara Drakulić, produced by Jelena Angelovski (Monkey Production), Prison Beauty Contest produced and directed by Srdjan Šarenac (Novi Film) in co-production with Udruzenje Novi Film (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Provid (Croatia), and Speak So I Can See You by Marija Stojnić, produced by Miloš Ivanović and Marija Stojnić (Bilboke), in co-production with Restart (Croatia), Doha Film Institute (Qatar), Set Sail Films (Serbia).
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