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SARAJEVO 2019 CineLink Industry Days

Hungarian project Kix and Czech project Frem split the Docu Talent Award at Sarajevo

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- Ten new documentary projects from Central and Eastern Europe have been presented at Sarajevo; Ji.hlava has also announced the new generation of Emerging Producers

Hungarian project Kix and Czech project Frem split the Docu Talent Award at Sarajevo
l-r: Bálint Révész (director of Kix), Viera Čákanyová (director of Frem), Viki Réka Kiss (producer of Kix) and Nina Numankadić (producer of Frem)

The Hungarian project Kix by Bálint Révész and Dávid Mikulán and the Czech project Frem by Viera Čákányová have split the Docu Talent Award after being judged the best of the ten projects taking part in Ji.hlava IDFF's Docu Talents from the East, a presentation of ten outstanding documentary projects from Central and Eastern Europe scheduled for release from August 2019 through to July 2020, which took place on Sunday as part of the Sarajevo Film Festival's CineLink Industry Days.

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The award is provided in cooperation with Current Time TV, and the total of $5,000 (€4,468) was divided up, with $3,000 going to Kix and $2,000 to Frem. The decision was made by the jury composed of Cinéma du Réel director Catherine Bizern, Israeli producer Noemi Schory, Sundance programmer Harry Vaughn, Natalia Arshavskaya from Current Time TV, and Jarmila Outratová, representing the organiser of the programme – Ji.hlava IDFF.

Kix is a story about Sanyi, a troubled street boy, as he grows from eight to 18 years old. Over the course of a decade, he turns from a mischievous youth into a public enemy. The film shows the adventures and struggles of the young boy as he hops, skips and jumps his way through the minefield of grown-up society. A co-production between Hungary's Elf Pictures, Croatia's Eclectica and Germany's Basis Berlin Filmproduktion, the film looks at the challenges of existence in the urban environments of today’s Europe. The premiere is expected in November this year.

Frem is a word that does not mean anything; it’s a word that just reminds you of something, its closest etymological connotation being the Old English word “fremd”, meaning foreign. As we try to create a universal form of artificial intelligence, we cannot escape anthropomorphic thinking, since we cannot go beyond the limits of our own brains. The film Frem is an attempt to “go beyond” these limits – an attempt to make a non-anthropomorphic film, an audiovisual requiem for the Homo sapiens species. A co-production between the Czech Republic's Hypermarket Film and Slovakia's Punkchart Films, Frem is also expected to have its world premiere in November.

For the full list of projects and their descriptions, please click here.

The organisers of the Ji.hlava IDFF have also announced the new generation of Emerging Producers. The list of participants is below:

Vincent Metzinger (Belgium)
Rea Rajčić (Croatia)
Jitka Kotrlová (Czech Republic)
Puk Eisenhardt (Denmark)
Jean-Baptiste Fribourg (France)
Tekla Machavariani (Georgia)
Angelos Stavros Rallis (Greece)
Patricia Dintino (Hungary)
Roberto Cavallini (Italy)
Giedrė Burokaitė (Lithuania)
Łukasz Długołęcki (Poland)
Marcian Lazar (Romania)
Tomáš Krupa (Slovakia)
Irene M Borrego (Spain)
Angela Bravo (Sweden)
Yulia Serdyukova (Ukraine)
Fawzia Mahmood (UK)
Yin-Yu Huang (guest country Taiwan)

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