Milko Lazarov’s Aga has won this year’s Heart of Sarajevo prize for best feature film.


Source: Beta Cinema


The 24th edition of the South-eastern European festival came to a close on Thursday night (Aug 16) and its awards ceremony also saw Ioana Uricaru’s Lemonade scoop the Heart of Sarajevo for best director. Both awards come with a €10,000 prize.

One Day’s Zsófia Szamosi and The Load’s Leon Lučev took the top prizes for best actress and actor respectively.

The Feature Competition jury was presided over by filmmaker Asghar Farhadi and also featured Judita Franković Brdar (actress, Croatia), Mike Goodridge (artistic director of International Film Festival & Awards Macao, UK), Brigitte Lacombe (photographer, France), and Ana Urushadze (writer, director, Georgia).

Elsewhere, the festival’s Documentary Competition saw Nebojša Slijepčević’s Srbenka scoop the top prize, while László Csuja’s Nine Month War received a special jury mention and Didem Pekün’s Araf won the Human Rights Award.

The Heart of Sarajevo for a student film went to Hajni Kis’ Last Call and best short film went to Ermin Bravo’s Breath, with a special mention for Eirini Vianelli’s Icebergs.

As previously announced, Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan was the recipient of this year’s honorary Heart of Sarajevo.