The Saturday evening award ceremony wrapped up the 19th Motovun Film Festival. The main award, Propeller of Motovun, went to Irish-Cuban film Viva. A special mention went to Russian film The Student and the FIPRESCI Jury awarded A Good Wife.
The main jury, consisting of Alma Prica, Salvatore Mereu, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson and Klemen Dvornik, unanimously awarded Propeller of Motovun to the Irish-Cuban film Viva directed by Paddy Breathnach who, having already left Motovun, returned from Dublin the next day to receive the award. According to the jury, “The award goes to a film that explores the possibilities of transformation in a closed environment. It is engaging and full of sincere emotions and truthfulness. It offers a sublime form of desire for beauty, while advocating human authenticity in the name of the inner urge for freedom. It shows not just conflicts, but also a path that leads to solutions. It is full of life, beautifully shot and directed with a focus and balance”.
The main jury also awarded a special mention; it went to Russian film The Student by Kirill Serebrennikov. Giving an impressive parable of the modern society, “the film questions the role of fanatic and extremist attitudes and their alluring power. Boasting high esthetics, beautiful photography and intense acting, the film poses very important questions of our time, trying to restore the importance of common sense in the world that seems to have lost its bearings”.
The Best Short Film in the Motovun Shorts program was selected by the last year’s laureate Chintis Lundgren. The cash prize – EUR 1,000 given by the best Irish whiskey distillery Jameson – went to French director Emmanuel Tenenbaum for his film No Lead.
The jury of the international film critics’ association FIPRESCI, consisting of Peter Cerovšek, Vladimir šeput and Jesús González Notario, awarded A Good Wife by Mirjana Karanović “for the extraordinary acting and directing and for the courageous approach to the issues of war crimes against innocent people and inner moral conflicts of a woman”. Ksenija Marinković, an actress from the film’s cast, received the award.
In addition to the usual toast – never made to the closing of the current edition but to the next edition of the festival – the award ceremony was marked by the appearance of the Belgrade-based actress known as Dinja, whose popular video clips had been shown on the Motovun screens throughout the festival.