RMN by Cristian Mungiu conquers the Golden Tower from Palić

– The jury of the 29th edition of the Serbian European Film Festival has elected best director the Ukrainian Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk for Pamfir

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Last Friday 22 July, the 29th Palic European Film Festival came to an end. The prizes were awarded at the closing ceremony, where the big winner of the official section was NMR [+lire aussi :
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a co-production between Romania, France, Belgium and Sweden directed by Christian Mungiu (winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2007 for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days [+lire aussi :
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), receiving the Golden Tower for best film. The Palic Tower for Best Director went to Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk for his first feature film: Pamfir [+lire aussi :
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(Ukraine/France/Chile/Poland/Germany).

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Also, a mention in the official section, decided by the jury made up of the German-Hungarian programmer Joshua Jadi (Cottbus Film Festival), the Israeli producer Katriel Schorythe Malaysian producer/programmer Lorna Teethe British producer GM McMahon and the Serbian actress Katarina Radivojevic, went to the Hungarian drama about a female bodybuilding champion Gentle [+lire aussi :
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directed by the duo Laszlo Csuja and Anna Nemes.

The Critics’ Jury, who judged the Parallels and Encounters section (programmed by Julia Sinkevych – read the interview) and included the Ukrainian Nataliia Serebriakovathe German Wolfgang Martin and the Croatian Martin Milinkovicdeemed Butterfly Vision [+lire aussi :
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(Ukraine/Czech Republic/Croatia/Sweden), the debut film by Maksym Nakonechnyias the winner, and gave a special mention to Fools [+lire aussi :
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(Poland/Romania), by Tomasz Wasilewski.

Meanwhile, the FIPRESCI jury (made up of Italy’s Michele SancisiGermany’s Ingrid Beerbaum and Sunchica Unevska, from North Macedonia) decided that its prize would go to Rimini [+lire aussi :
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(Austria/France/Germany), a journey into the winter of the Italian seaside town, accompanying a failed melodic singer who survives as a mature gigolo and receives a surprise visit that will change his existence, by the always impressive Austrian Ulrich Seidl. The special mention for this jury went to Pamfir.

Following an event held on Friday at an open-air cinema under the stars, an Aleksandar Lifka award was presented to French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius, followed by a screening of his zombie comedy final cut [+lire aussi :
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, which had its world premiere at the last Cannes festival. That same morning, at a press conference, the Parisian said that Palić was “a very peaceful place, ideal for a festival, and that he knew Emir Kusturica, a great star of Serbian cinema, whose films I admire”.

Other awards presented during the Serbian festival were the Underground Spirit of Europe Award to the Hungarian filmmaker Istvan Borbasa regular collaborator of the Swedish Roy Anderson; the Honorary Lifka Award for contribution to regional cinema went to the Serbian actor Igor Galoand another Aleksandar Lifka Award (which he received on 16 July, during the festival’s opening ceremony) to the Serbian playwright, screenwriter and director Dusan Kovacevic.

Here is the list of the main award winners:

Official Selection

Golden Tower for Best Film
NMR [+lire aussi :
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– Cristian Mungiu (Romania/France/Belgium/Sweden)

Palic Tower for Best Director
Pamfir [+lire aussi :
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– Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk (Ukraine/France/Chile/Poland/Germany)

Special Mention
Gentle [+lire aussi :
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– Laszló Csuja and Anna Nemes (Hungary)

FIPRESCI Award for Best Film
Rimini [+lire aussi :
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Ulrich Seidl (Austria/France/Germany)
Special Mention
Pamfir – Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk

Parallels and Encounters

Critics Jury Award
Butterfly Vision [+lire aussi :
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– Maksym Nakonechnyi (Ukraine/Czech Republic/Croatia/Sweden)

Special Mention
Fools [+lire aussi :
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– Tomasz Wasilewski (Poland/Romania)

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RMN by Cristian Mungiu conquers the Golden Tower from Palić