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'Album' takes top prize at Sarajevo Film Festival

Godless wins Special Jury Prize and Best Actress.

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Turkish director Mehmet Can Mertoğlu’s Album has won the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Feature Film at this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 12-20).

The comedy, which premiered in Critics’ Week at Cannes in May, follows a middle class Turkish couple who try to cover up the forgery of their family history.

The decision was made by a jury led by Palestinian director Elia Suleiman. The award comes with a prize of $18,000 (€16,000).

Album producer Yoel Meranda commented when receiving the award: “Many people here know that most of the stuff that helped this film get made happened in Sarajevo. It started in Sarajevo, and it’s amazing that we have completed this circle.”

Ralitza Petrova’s Godless was awarded two prizes: the Special Jury prize and Best Actress for lead Irena Ivanova.

The Bulgarian-French-Danish drama recently premiered at Locarno Film Festival, where it won the Golden Leopard. It follows a morphine-addicted nurse who traffics the ID cards of demented patients on the black market.

Ivanova commented at the ceremony: “This film will not change the situation in Bulgaria, but I hope it can make people look at themselves and try to change their lives for the better.”

Bogdan Mirică’s Dogs was given a Special Jury Mention, as well as Best Actor for star Gheorghe Visu.

The film premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, winning a FIRPRESCI prize.

Elsewhere, the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Documentary Film went to Monica Lazurean-Gorgan for A Mere Breath, which follows seven years in the life of a Romanian family.

Tarik Hodžić’s Scream For Me Sarajevo won the Special Jury Prize for a documentary, while Berke Bas and Melis Birder’s Baglar was given a Special Jury Mention.

As previously reported, this year’s honorary Heart of Sarajevo awards were given to Robert De Niro, Stephen Frears, and Wolfgang Amadeus Brülhart.

The top prize in the CineLink industry strand, the Eurimages co-production development award, went to the project God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija from writer-director Teona Mitevska, writer Elma Tataragić and producer Labina Mitevska.

Sarajevo 2016 winners

HEART OF SARAJEVO FOR BEST FEATURE FILM

ALBUM / ALBÜM
Turkey, France, Romania
Director: Mehmet Can Mertoğlu
Producers: Yoel Meranda, Eytan İpeker
Financial Award, in the amount of 16.000 €

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

GODLESS / BEZBOG
Bulgaria, France, Denmark
Director: Ralitza Petrova
Financial Award, in the amount of 10,000 €, is provided by Agnes B.

SPECIAL JURY MENTION

DOGS / CÂINI
Romania, France, Bulgaria, Qatar
Director: Bogdan Mirică

HEART OF SARAJEVO FOR BEST ACTRESS

Irena Ivanova, GODLESS / BEZBOG
Financial Award, in the amount of 2.500 €

HEART OF SARAJEVO FOR BEST ACTOR

Gheorghe Visu, DOGS / CÂINI
Financial Award, in the amount of 2.500 €

Shorts

HEART OF SARAJEVO FOR BEST SHORT FILM

TRANSITION / TRANZICIJA 
Serbia
Director: Milica Tomović
Financial Award, in the amount of 2.500 €

SPECIAL JURY MENTION

4:15 P.M. THE END OF THE WORLD / 4:15 P.M. SFÂRȘITUL LUMII
Romania
Director: Gabi Virginia Șarga, Cătălin Rotaru

THE BEAST / ZVIR
Croatia
Director: Miroslav Sikavica

Documentary

HEART OF SARAJEVO FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM

A MERE BREATH / DOAR O RASUFLARE
Romania
Director: Monica Lazurean - Gorgan
Financial award, in the amount of 3,000 €, is provided by The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE FOR COMPETITION PROGRAMME DOCUMENTARY FILM

SCREAM FOR ME SARAJEVO
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Director: Tarik Hodžić
Financial Award, in the amount of 2,500 €, is provided by Al Jazeera Balkans.

SPECIAL JURY MENTION

BAGLAR
Turkey
Director: Berke Bas, Melis Birder

HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD

SCREAM FOR ME SARAJEVO
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Director: Tarik Hodžić
Award for the best film of the Competition Programme - Documentary Film dealing with the subject of human rights. Award in the amount of 3,000 € is granted by The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

HUMAN RIGHTS SPECIAL MENTION

BORDERS
Slovenia
Director: Damjan Kozole

HONORARY HEART OF SARAJEVO

Robert De Niro, Actor, Director, Producer

Stephen Frears, Director

Wolfgang Amadeus Brülhart, Former Deputy Chief of Mission and Cultural Counselor at the Embassy of Switzerland in Bosnia and Herzegovina

CINELINK AWARDS

CINELINK CO-PRODUCTION MARKET AWARDS

EURIMAGES COPRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT AWARD

GOD EXISTS, HER NAME IS PETRUNIJA
Director: Teona S Mitevska
Scriptwriters: Elma Tataragić, Teona S Mitevska
Producer: Labina Mitevska
Macedonia
- 20.000

ARTE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS CINELINK AWARD

ELA AND HILMI
Director: Ziya Demirel
Producer: Anna Maria Aslanoglu
Turkey
- 6.000

MACEDONIAN FILM AGENCY CINELINK AWARD

OTTO THE BARBARIAN
Director: Ruxandra Maria Ghitescu
Producer: Iuliana Tarnovetchi
Romania
- 10.000 €

MDM EAVE SCHOLARSHIP

LOOKING FOR VENERA
Belina Jano

Work In Progress

TRT AWARD

HOSTAGES
Director: Rezo Gigineishili
Producer: Tamara Tatishvili
Georgia
- 30.000

POST REPUBLIC AWARD

TOUCH ME NOT
Director: Adina Pintilie
Producers: Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan, Adina Pintilie
Romania
- 25.000 € (in kind support)

ONE OF THESE DAYS
Director: Nadim Tabet
Producer: Georges Schoucair
Lebanon
- 25.000 € (in kind support)

RESTART AWARD

HOLY AIR
Director: Shady Srour
Producer: Ilan Moskovitch
Israel
- 20.000 € (in kind support)

Partner’s Awards

AWARDS OF ASSOCIATION OF BOSNIAN FILMMAKERS 

Ivica Matić Award for Life Achivement
Ademir Kenović, Director, Producer

Ivica Matić Award
Erol Zubčević, Director of Photography

Ivica Matić Award
Amra Bakšić Čamo, Producer

CINEUROPA AWARD

ALBUM
Turkey, France, Romania
Director: Mehmet Can Mertoğlu

CICAE  AWARD

ALBUM
Turkey, France, Romania
Director: Mehmet Can Mertoğlu

THE EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY NETWORK -TALENT GRANT

DOWN THERE
Directors: Djordje Čenić, Hermann Peseckas

SARAJEVO SHORT FILM NOMINEE FOR EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2016

LIMBO
Director: Konstantina Kotzamani

BEST PACK & PITCH AWARD (TALENTS SARAJEVO PACK & PITCH)

Carla Fotea
The postproduction of sound services in the amount of 4.000 € provided by Studio Chelia Sarajevo.

Silva Ćapin
An Invitation to CineLink’s Co-production Market Sarajevo.

BH FILM STUDENT PROGRAMME AWARD

Best B&H Student Film Award

FRONTRIER, BLOODY FRONTRIER
Director: Saša Karanović
(Akademija umjetnosti Banja Luka)

Best B&H Student Film Award

REVENGE
Director: Katarina Živanović
(Fakultet dramskih i filmskih umjetnosti Bijeljina)

Special Jury Mention

NIGHT
Director: Pilar Palomero
(film.factory)

DOCU ROUGH CUT BOUTIQUE AWARDS

IDFA AWARD

CITY OF THE SUN
Director: Rati Oneli
The recipient will visit IDFA where they will meet with film professionals to discuss the project that participated in Sarajevo.

CAT &DOCS AWARD

IN THE SHADOW OF WAR
Reyan Tuvi
- 2.000

HBO ADRIA AWARD

IN THE SHADOW OF WAR
ReyanTuvi
- 2.000

DOK PREVIEW AWARD

IN THE SHADOW OF WAR
Reyan Tuvi
The recipient will participate in the DOK Preview program, part of DOK Leipzig

WORK IN PROGRESS DIGITAL CUBE AWARD

ULTRA
Balazs Simonyi
- 20.000 € (postproduction services)

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