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Never Rarely Sometimes Always wins at Free Zone Belgrade

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- Other laureates at the human rights film festival, which took place online and in cinemas in three of the biggest Serbian cities, include Digger, Acasă - My Home and Wildland

Never Rarely Sometimes Always wins at Free Zone Belgrade
Never Rarely Sometimes Always by Eliza Hittman

The 16th, hybrid edition of the Free Zone Film Festival took place from 5-10 November in cinemas in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Niš, as well as online. The human rights-themed and audience-orientated event traditionally screens around 40 fiction and documentary films, and does not discriminate between formats within individual sections.

Eliza Hittman's Berlinale Silver Bear-winning title Never Rarely Sometimes Always [+see also:
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(USA/UK) triumphed in the International Selection, beating the documentaries The Reason I Jump [+see also:
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by Jerry Rothwell, Epicentro [+see also:
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by Hubert Sauper, My Favorite War [+see also:
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interview: Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen
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by Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen, Welcome to Chechnya by David France and Schlingensief: A Voice That Shook the Silence [+see also:
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interview: Bettina Böhler
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by Bettina Böhler as well as the fiction features DNA [+see also:
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by Maïwenn and Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness [+see also:
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interview: Massoud Bakhshi
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by Massoud Bakhshi. The jury comprised Romanian producer Carla Fotea, Serbian director Mina Djukić and film studies professor Vanja Šibalić.

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In the Balkan Horizons competition, the Best Film Award went to Georgis Grigorakis' Berlinale Panorama entry Digger [+see also:
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interview: Georgis Grigorakis
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(Greece/France), while Radu Ciorniciuc's Acasă - My Home [+see also:
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interview: Radu Ciorniciuc
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(Romania/Finland/Germany) received the Human Rights Award. The jury, consisting of filmmakers Ivana Mladenović and Mladen Kovačević, and producer Jelena Mitrović, also gave a Special Mention to Ivan Ramljak's Once Upon a Youth [+see also:
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(Croatia).

Finally, in the 14+ Section for young audiences, the jury consisting of seven young cinephiles handed its award to another Berlinale title, Jeanette Nordahl's Wildland [+see also:
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(Denmark).

Here is the full list of Free Zone Film Festival award winners:

International Selection

Best Film
Never Rarely Sometimes Always [+see also:
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- Eliza Hittman (USA/UK)

Balkan Horizons

Best Film
Digger [+see also:
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interview: Georgis Grigorakis
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]
- Georgis Grigorakis (Greece/France)

Human Rights Award
Acasă - My Home [+see also:
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interview: Radu Ciorniciuc
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]
- Radu Ciorniciuc (Romania/Finland/Germany)

Special Mention
Once Upon a Youth [+see also:
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- Ivan Ramljak (Croatia)

14+ Section

Best Film
Wildland [+see also:
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interview: Jeanette Nordahl
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]
- Jeanette Nordahl (Denmark)

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