Tonight, the closing night of the 24th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival

Tonight, the closing night of the 24th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival

Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF) will officially close its doors for this year tonight, Friday August 17, with the screening of awarded movies.

Director of the Festival, Mirsad Purivatra, believes that the audience had the opportunity to see great films, world and regional premieres, and that the programme made numerous guests, tourists and film lovers to come to Sarajevo. The best indicator proving that they enjoyed it is that they leave Sarajevo visibly satisfied.

“I am very pleased with this year’s festival, because I heard many positive comments from guests who came to Sarajevo, but also from citizens of the capital of BiH. From the first day we received many congratulations”, said Purivatra.

He told to media that he is satisfied with the energy in Sarajevo during the Festival, because the city has been “alive” for eight days and that a large number of people have been working for a year to meet the audience’s expectations.

“Sarajevo has really become a gathering place for the film industry in the whole region, and that’s a wonderful thing”, he said.

The award ceremony was held on Thursday night at National Theatre of the city. The Bulgarian film “Aga”, directed by Milko Lazarov won the “Heart of Sarajevo” award for best movie.

It is a a story about an older Inuit couple, Sedna and Nanook, who are the last members of their ethnic group living on the ice following the tradition of their ancestors. The film captures their life passing through phases of melancholy as the husband and wife witness climate changes around them. Alone in the wilderness, they look like the last people on Earth. Nanook and Sedna’s traditional way of life starts changing, slowly, but inevitably. Hunting becomes more and more difficult, the animals around them die inexplicably, and the ice melts earlier every year. Chena, who visits them regularly, is their only connection to the outside world and to their daughter Ága, who left the icy tundra. When Sedna’s health deteriorates, Nanook decides to fulfil her wish to reunite with the daughter. He embarks on a long journey in order to find Ága.

Romanian director, Ioana Uricaru, won the “Heart of Sarajevo” for best director with her film Lemonade.

“I must share this with amazing actors. I am honoured. Now, I have the Heart of Sarajevo too. Thank you for the great festival, which gives us a lot of energy”, Uricaru said at the award ceremony.

Croatian actor Leon Lucev was awarded the best actor award for his role in “The Load”, while the “Heart of Sarajevo” for best actress was given to Hungarian Zsofia Szamosi for her role in “One Day”.

Bosnian Ermin Bravo received the award for the best short film with his film “Breath”.

“‘I want to thank all the amazing actors, they were fantastic. First of all – (they are) amazing human beings. I also wish to thank the producers and the crew who trusted me and my story. I made the film and dedicated it to Sarajevo”, said Bravo.

The “Honorary Heart of Sarajevo” was earlier handed over to Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan. He received the Award as recognition for his outstanding contribution to the art of film and his support to the Sarajevo Film Festival. Ceylan also was the honorary guest of the 24th Sarajevo Film Festival “Tribute to” programme.

BiH entrepreneur, Nijaz Hastor, also received the “Honorary Heart of Sarajevo” for contributing and continuously supporting the development of the Festival and exceptionally contributing to the affirmation and development of film-making in South-East Europe.

The 24th SFF hosted more than 2,600 accredited visitors, 266 films from 56 countries were screened and, according to the organisers, over 100 000 guests attended the screenings…. / IBNA