Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World triumphs in Palić
- Filmmakers Ferit Karahan, Ivana Marinić Kragić and Vitaly Akimov are among the other winners
European Film Festival Palić has just wrapped its 28th edition and announced this year’s winners during a ceremony at the Summer Stage open-air cinema, followed by a screening of Roger Michell’'s The Duke [+see also:
film profile]. One of the leading festivals in the Balkans took place from 17-23 July in Palić and Subotica simultaneously, screening over 130 films across 15 programmes and parallel sections throughout an intensive week.
The international jury for the Official Section, composed of film critic Klaus Eder (Germany), actress Minja Peković (Serbia), film directors Jovan Arsenić (Germany), Christos Nikou (Greece) and Daria Onyshchenko (Ukraine) chose to give the main prize, the Golden Tower for Best Film, to Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World [+see also:
interview: Joachim Trier
film profile] "for the mastership of using all elements of cinema to profoundly explore the psychology of human relations in modern society." FIPRESCI Jury members Andoni Iturbe Tolosa (Spain), Dinu-Ioan Nicula (Romania) and Barbara Gasser (Austria) assigned their Award for the Best Film in the Official Selection to the same film “for bitter and refreshing study of characters, which puts under the focus the condition of the contemporary woman as an insecure, but empowered subject, in the frame of a visionary post-romantic film.”
The international jury also recognised the British production The Mauritanian [+see also:
film profile] with a Special mention, emphasising “the acting prowess of Tahar Rahim and Kevin MacDonald’s directing that compassionately portrayed the suffering of Guantanamo’s prisoners."
The Palić Tower for Best Director went to Ferit Karahan, "for the sensitive way in which he unfolds the social situation in Eastern Turkey" in the Turkish-Romanian co-production Brother’s Keeper [+see also:
interview: Ferit Karahan
After viewing 12 films from the Parallels and Encounters competition program, the International Jury of Critics, made up of Ana Šturm (Slovenia), Dominik Sobolewski (Poland) and Suzana Zlatanović (Serbia), handed their award to the Croatian documentary Nun of Your Business by Ivana Marinić Kragić, describing it as a “formally daring, thematically challenging but also inspiring, warm and funny film that deeply resonated with us.” The jury justified their decision by stating further that “this is a story about the power of love, but also a story about immense amount of courage — the courage to stand up to institutions that still so often form and define our lives, a courage to stand up for ourselves, for our rights, our desires, our love and our freedom(s). This film is important as a bold piece of art, but it is even more important as a message from the people for the people. And the message is: who I am and how I live my life is Nun of Your Business."
Finally, the Critics Jury Special Mention went to the Russian documentary A Boy by young filmmaker Vitaly Akimov, accompanied by an extensive elaboration on the qualities of Akimov’s work: “The jury would like to give a special mention to this brutally honest and deeply personal film that cuts deeply into our guts, and also our hearts — something that only great films and filmmakers are able to do. Even though this is the very first film that the director has ever made, there are some glimpses of genius that only great masters of cinema possess. To have the courage to look straight into the abyss of the pain, misery and fragility of human experience and the ability to transform that into art is truly exceptional. This small and at the same time very big film also tells us something important about the power of art: art saves lives.”
The Gorky List Audience Award was given to Milutin Petrović’s Serbian historical melodrama Impure Blood – Sin of Ancestors, which was shown as part of the Main Competition Program.
FIPRESCI Award (Official Selection)
The Worst Person in the World – Joachim Trier (Norway/France/Sweden/Denmark)
Critics Jury Award (Parallels and Encounters)
Nun of Your Business - Ivana Marinić Kragić (Croatia)
Critics Jury Special Mention
A Boy - Vitaly Akimov (Russia)
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