The Romanian actress Ada Condeescu, playing “Veli” in the production “Loverboy”, won the Heart of Sarajevo Award for Best Actress, Mediafax reports. The film “Loverboy”, directed by Catalin Mitulescu, starring Ada Condeescu and George Pistereanu, tells the tale of Luca, a 20-year-old from Harsova, who seduces young girls, makes them fall for him and then delivers them to a network in Constanta. In the organized crime squad’s vocabulary, this recruitment technique is called “the fall in love method” and those who use it are called “loverboys”.
Also Alexandra Gulea’s feature film project, “Child Miner” won the Restart Award, worth EUR 20,000. Within the same section, CineLink, the director Adina Pintilie was awarded a special mention for “Touch Me Not”.
The film “My Vote”, by Monica Lazurean Gorgan and Andrei Gorgan, included in the festival’s documentary film section, won an EDN Talent Grant. The grant is conceived as a partnership between the Sarajevo Film Festival and the European Documentarist Network, with a view to assisting talented directors in the region.
The Best Film Award, worth EUR 25,000, went to “Breathing/Atmen”, directed by Karl Markovics (Austria), while the Special Prize of the Jury, worth EUR 10,000, went to “AVE”, directed by Konstantin Bojanov (Bulgaria).
The Best Actor Award, worth EUR 2,500, was granted to Thomas Schubert (“Breathing/Atmen”). This year, the chairman of the feature film competition jury was director Ari Folman (“Waltz with Bashir”) and the jury members also included the Romanian writer and director Razvan Radulescu.
The guest of honour of the 17th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival was the famous actress Angelina Jolie, who received, on Saturday evening, the Heart of Sarajevo Honorary Award.
The Iranian director Jafar Panahi, currently in prison for his dissident views, also received a Heart of Sarajevo Honorary Award, during the opening gala of this year’s Sarajevo Festival. Panahi’s debut feature, “White Baloon”, opened the first edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival, 17 years ago.
The Sarajevo International Film Festival is one of the most prestigious events of its kind in this part of the world, graced, throughout the time, with the presence of first-rank guests, such as Martin Scorsese, Darren Aronofski and Bono, and known for lending financial support to young artists in the region.