The film “Friend”, which is a British-Kosovar cooperation directed and produced by Jamie Donoughue, has not managed to win the prestigious Oscar prize in the Live Action Short Film Category
Pristina, 29 February 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
Amid despair and pride, the protagonists of the film promise that a second cooperation will bring Kosovo an Oscar prize.
“Thank you all for supporting us. We are sad that we could not win an Oscar. We gave our best. What’s important is that these days, the whole of the world spoke of Kosovo and histories of Kosovo. We would have wanted to bring the trophy at home, but we are hoping to bring it another time”, said the protagonists through a video message.
The events in the film take place during the war period in Kosovo, when the country was under Serbian occupation. The events puts at test the friendship between two children who fight to survive the war in Kosovo.
“Friend” was the first in the race with the film of Eric Dupont and Basil Khalil “Ave Maria”, “Day One” directed by Henry Hughes, “Everything Will Be Okay” by Patrick Vollrath and “Stutterer” by Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage.
International media and many critics wrote that “Ave Maria” was the strongest competitor of “Friend”, but none of them won. This award was snatched by Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage with the film “Stutterer”. /ibna/