'Safe Place'

Source: Locarno Film Festival

‘Safe Place’

Juraj Lerotic’s Croatian drama Safe Place was the big winner at Sarajevo Film Festival this evening (Friday 19), taking the prizes for best feature film and best actor for Lerotic.

The film continued its success from its debut at Locarno Film Festival earlier this month, where it won the best first feature award.

Scroll down for the full list of feature winners.

Safe Place stars Lerotic as a forty-something man who tries to save his depressed younger sibling from suicidal tendencies over the course of a single day.

Ukrainian filmmaker Maryna Er Gorbach won the best director prize at Sarajevo for Klondike, just as she did in the World Cinema – Dramatic section when the film debuted at the online Sundance Film Festival in January.

Vicky Krieps received the Heart of Sarajevo for best actress, for Cannes premiere Corsage.

In the documentary competition, Srdan Keca’s Serbian-Croatian-Czech co-production Museum Of The Revolution picked up the best documentary film prize, with the Human Rights Award going to Croatian title Bigger Than Trauma.

A special award for promoting gender equality was awarded to Charlotte Wells’ Cannes title Aftersun.

The Competition prizes come hot on the heels of last night’s CineLink Industry Days awards.

Sarajevo 2022 awards

Feature film

Best feature film – Safe Place (Cro) dir. Juraj Lerotic
Best director – Maryna Er Gorbach, Klondike (Ukr-Tur)
Best actress – Vicky Krieps, Corsage (Aus-Lux-Ger-Fr)
Best actor – Juraj Lerotic, Safe Place (Cro)

Documentary film

Best documentary film – Museum Of The Revolution (Ser-Cro-Cze) dir. Srdan Keca
Human Rights award – Bigger Than Trauma (Cro) dir. Vedrana Pribacic
Special Jury award – Fragile Memory (Ukr-Slovakia) dir. Igor Ivanko)

Special award for promoting gender equality – Aftersun (UK-US) dir. Charlotte Wells