Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF) closed it’s doors last night with the award ceremony. The best movie of the 25th SFF is “Take me somewhere nice” by Bosnian-Duch director Ena Sendijarević. At the ceremony, she received the main award “Heart of Sarajevo”. The decision was made by the jury chaired by Swedish filmmaker Ruben Ostlund.
The film had its world premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival where it won the main prize.
The Heart of Sarajevo for the Best Director was handed to Turkish author Emin Alper for the movie “Three Sisters”.
The jury decided that the Best Actress of the 25th SFF was Irina Jambonas for her performance in ‘Rounds’, while the Best Actor of this year’s festival edition was Levan Gelbakhiani for the role he played in ‘And Then We Danced’ film.
The best documentary of the 25th SFF was ‘When Persimmons Grew’ by Azerbaijani Hilal Badarov.
Besides Sweden’s film director and screenwriter, the best films in the competition programme were selected by Bero Beyer, director of the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Funa Maduka, director of the International Original Films at Netflix, Serbian actress Jovana Stojiljković and film director from North Macedonia, Teona Strugar-Mitevska.
The record number of 270 films in 18 different categories and participation from 56 countries were shown during the Sarajevo Film Festival. Sixty-eight films had their world and twelve the international premiere.
Fifty-three films competed for the Heart of Sarajevo award.
Actors Tim Roth and Isabelle Huppert, and filmmakers Pawel Pawlikowski and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu were awarded the “Honorary Heart of Sarajevo”.
The best achievements of this year’s festival will be screened again today when the event will officially end./ibna