A grieving widow resorts to extreme measures in Serbian director Bojan Vuletic's Kafkaesque comedy, a Panorama premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.
A severely depressed widow lives a life of quiet desperation in Requiem for Mrs. J, one of the more pleasantly surprising oddities to premiere at the Berlinale so far. With its fatalistic mood, lethargic pace and washed-out color palette, Serbian writer-director Bojan Vuletic's somber comedy initially feels like the kind of relentlessly grim Eastern Bloc art house misery porn that was once designed to suck all the joy out of serious-minded film festival programs. But there is something much more playful and affirmative going on below the surface here, a stifled scream of defiant humanity against a mercilessly cruel universe.
Speaking of cinematic voices from other lands, two of the strong films caught in yesterday’s schedule were from “over there” in old and older Europe — the Montenegro/Serbian film The Black Pin and Italy’s fascinating and refreshingly unusual/slightly experimental Indivisible, both well worth seeking out. Writer-director Ivan Marinovic has created a charming, funny, and bittersweet slice of Balkan village life with The Black Pin — so named for a provincial ceremony by which a witch is identified. A woman deemed by some as a witch has died, and the pending funeral, along with a real estate scheme subplot and a salty-tongued priest, keeps the screen buzzing in a contemporary-meets-folkoric way.
Berlinale officially announced that Requiem for Mrs J. will have its world premiere at 67th Berlinale in Panorama Special selection.
"These include works like the Spanish debut feature Pieles (Skins) by Eduardo Casanova, Rekvijem za gospodju J. (Requiem for Mrs. J.) by Serbia’s Bojan Vuletić, Ferenc Török’s 1945 from Hungary and God's Own Country, Francis Lee’s feature-film debut from United Kingdom. Teona Mitevska returns with a bitter depiction of Macedonian adolescents trying to get their bearings in When the Day Had no Name. Also returning to Panorama are Norwegians Ole Giæver, with the emancipatory and philosophical self-examination Fra balkongen (From the Balcony), and Erik Poppe with Kongens Nei (The King's Choice), which deals with the Norwegian king’s resistance to the German armed forces in World War II."
Nikola Ristanovski scooped the Golden Dolphin award for best actor at the fourth International Bosphorus Film Festival held in Istanbul for his starring role in The Black Pin – a debut feature film by Montenegrin director Ivan Marinovic. The film got its world premiere at the Sarajevo Film Festival, followed by festivals in the United States and Australia. Macedonian film-goers had the chance to see the movie at the 15th CineDays Festival of European Cinema. Nikola Ristanovski stars as Father Peter who stands in the way of the inhabitants of a small village on a peninsula by refusing to sell his part of a property belonging to the parish. He also has to deal with his mother’s deteriorating mental health while questioning his own faith. The Black Pin has been submitted by Montenegro to vie for an Academy Award in the foreign language category.
SKOPJE: The Serbian/Dutch/Greek coproduction Humidity / Vlažnost, directed by Nikola Ljuca, scooped the best film award in the official selection of the 15th Festival of European Film Cinedays, which closed on 19 November 2016. Director Nikola Ljuca receiving the Golden Star AwardThe jury stated, “The film managed to disfigure modern marriage, showing the absurd and hypocrisy that present generations are faced with in the attempts to maintain traditional norms and values.” Maren Ade won the best screenplay award for Toni Erdmann and Attila Till received the best director award for his film Kills on Wheels. The main competition jury was composed of producer Chedomir Kolar, screenwriter and director Zdrinko Ogresta and director Igor Ivanov.
Like every year, at the festival’s closing ceremony we announce the awards. This year, the awards went to:
The film “Humidity” by Nikola Ljuca got the “Golden Star” award for Best Film in the Official selection at the Festival of European Film Cinedays 2016.
The awards tonight were announced by the jury consisted of Cedomir Kolar, one of the exceptional producers in the Hollywood film industry and chairman of the jury, Zrinko Ogresta, screenwriter and director, professor of film directing at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb and member of the European Film Academy in Berlin and the Macedonian director Igor Ivanov – Izi.
Cinema Jove’s special jury mention went to Serbian director Nicola Ljuca’s “Humidity” which world premiered at the Berlin’s 2016 Forum.
Movie turns on a successful businessman whose wife disappears, a fact he tries to hide. Why he does so gives the film much of its tension, as it opens up to become a portrait of his family, friends, business and Belgrade politics. Ljuca has described the film as a portrait of a generation which opposed Slobodan Milosevic and seemed poised to change Serbia after his fall in 2000, but instead went into business as capital flowed into Serbia.
No One`s Child received the Audience Award at the REC.Tarragona International Film Festival in Spain!
This is the third Audience Award for No One`s Child after the main award of Venice International Film Critics` Week- RaroVideo Audience Award and the Audience Award at Zagreb Film Festival.
In the National Competition of the 43rd FEST – Belgrade International Film Festival (27 February–8 March),No One's Child by Vuk Ršumović received the Belgrade Victor for Best Film. The Best Actor Award went to the movie's star, 15-year-old Denis Murić. The title also won the honorary Nebojsa Djukelić Foundation Award for an especially significant film from the Balkan region.
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