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58th Pula Film Festival

The 58th Pula Film festival, most attended film festival in Croatia, will open on 9th of July 2011. From this year, moviegoers will enjoy viewings in digital technology.

AWARDS of the 58th Pula Film Festival
Competition Programme of the 58th Pula Film Festival

National Programme:
a) main section (10 films)
Lea and Darija, dir. Branko Ivanda, Koko and the Ghosts, dir. Danijel Kušan, Daddy, dir. Dalibor Matanić, Blurs, dir. Aldo Tardozzi, Little Gypsy Witch, dir.Tomislav Žaja, Kotlovina, dir. Tomislav Radić, 7seX7, dir. Irena Škorić, Step by Step, dir. Biljana Čakić-Veselič, Darkness, dir. Dan Oki, Josef, dir. Stanislav Tomić.

b) minority co-productions section (6 films)
Room 304, dir. Brigitte Staermose, The Enemy, dir. Dejan Zečević, Good Night, Missy, dir. Metod Pevec, Belvedere, dir. Ahmed Imamović, Piran-Pirano, dir. Goran Vojnović.

International Programme (21 films)
Carlos, dir. Olivier Assayas, Casino Jack, dir. George Hickenlooper, Silent Sonata, dir. Janez Burger, The Double Hour (La doppia ora), dir. Giuseppe Capotondi, We Have a Pope (Habemus Papam), dir. Nanni Moretti, I Am Love (Io sono l’amore), dir. Luca Guadagnino, The Housemaid (Housemaid), dir. Im Sangsoo, Mothers (Majki), dir. Milčo Mančevski, Melancholia (Melancolia), dir. Lars von Trier, A Quiet Life (Una vita tranquilla), dir. Claudio Cupellini, Montevideo, Taste of a Dream, dir. Dragan Bjelogrlić, Nader and Simin, a Separation (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin), dir. Asghar Farhadi, Leaving (Odcházení), dir. Vaclav Havel, Last Night (Last Night), dir. Massy Tadjedin, Skinning, dir. Stevan Filipović, Trophy Wife (Potiche), dir. François Ozon, Three (Drei), dir. Tom Tykwer, Service Entrance (Les femmes du 6ème étage), dir. Philippe Le Guay, Made in Dagenham (Made in Dagenham), dir. Nigel Cole, Come Undone (Cosa voglio di piu), dir. Silvio Soldini, Sacrifice (Sacrifice), dir. Chen Kaige

Short Films Programme (20 films)

Adieu, N, dir. Barbara Vekarić, Fucking Game, dir. David Kapac, Fucking Game, dir. Daina Oniunas Pusić, Fucking Game, dir. Josip Žuvan, You Bitch!, dir. Sonja Tarokić, Us in the Sun, dir. Neda Radić, Nina, Please, dir. Barbara Vekarić, A Night for Two, dir. Filip Mojzeš, First!, dir. Silva Ćapin, The First Time, dir. Neven Dužanec, Room Service, dir. Neda Radić, We Just Kissed, dir. Kristina Vuković, Straight Pool, dir. Filip Šovagović, Happy Birthday Marija, dir. Ivana Škrabalo, That’s Life, dir. Saša Dodik, Lullaby, dir. Jadran Puharić, Hanging Flowers, dir. Ivica Mušan, Zagorski specijalitet, dir. David Kapac, Winter, dir. Denis Lepur and Marko Stanić, Chill, dir. Hana Jušić

Children’s Film Programme Pulica– Screenings for Children (9 films)

The Red Balloon and White Mane, dir. Albert Lamorisse, The Gruffalo, dir. Max Lang i Jakob Schuh, The Crocodiles, dir. Christian Ditter, Molly in Springtime, dir. Pierre-Luc Granjon, Going Our Way, dir. Miha Hočevar, The Ugly Duckling, dir. Garri Bardin, The Secret of an Old Attic, dir. Vladimir Tadej, A Cat in Paris, dir. Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alan Gagnol

DECISION OF THE JURIES

I. Awards granted by the National Competition Programme Jury
Jury: Živorad Tomić, film critic and director – president, Goran Dević, screenwriter and director, Stanko Herceg, cinematographer, Nataša Janjić, actress, Vladimir Tadej, screenwriter and director

a) NATIONAL PROGRAMME – minority co-productions section
1. Golden Arena for Best Cinematography goes to Sven Pepeonik for the film Good Night, Missy by Metod Pevec– unanimous decision.
The film depicts universally recognizable emotions using contemporary cinematic techniques in a discreet fashion.

2. Golden Arena for Best Actress in a Leading Role goes to Polona Juh for the role of Hana in the film Good Night, Missy by Metod Pevec – unanimous decision.
The actress demonstrated internal restlessness and the power of her character using discreet acting techniques.

3. Golden Arena for Best Director goes to Metod Pevec for the film Good Night, Missy – majority vote.
For precise and accurate direction of a film that does not refrain from emotions.

b) NATIONAL PROGRAMME – main section
1. The Breza Award by Vjesnik for best debutant director goes to Daniel Kušan for the film Koko and the Ghosts – unanimous decision.
He showed sensibility and maturity in his first film that demonstrated the need for children’s films in Croatian film industry as well as the direction they should take.
2. Special Golden Arena for Special Effects goes to the film Josef by Stanislav Tomić – unanimous decision.
For the use of new technical visualization as well as for the promotion of contemporary image poetics.
3. Special Golden Arena for Sound goes to Frano Homen for the film Kotlovina by Tomislav Radić – unanimous decision.
For successful execution of a very complex task of demonstrating both natural and background sounds of family chaos.

4. Special Arena for Best Make-Up goes to Ana Bulajić Črček for the film Lea and Darija by Branko Ivanda – unanimous decision.
Discreet and natural, yet matching the atmosphere of the period.

5. Golden Arena for Best Costume Design goes to Barbara Bourek for the film Lea and Darija by Branko Ivanda – unanimous decision.
They exude convincing elegance of the time in which the action is set.

6. Golden Arena for Best Art Direction goes to Iva Hušnjak for the film Lea and Darija by Branko Ivanda – unanimous decision.
She revived the epoch that is behind us.

7. Golden Arena for Best Music goes to Dinko Appelt for the film Koko and the Ghosts by Daniel Kušan – majority vote.
The music which matches the genre brought the film closer to the audience it was intended for.

8. Golden Arena for Best Editing goes to Slaven Zečević for the film Koko and the Ghosts by Daniel Kušan – unanimous decision.
Precise editing aimed at making the narration of the story we all know more dynamic.

9. Golden Arena for Best Cinematography goes to Vanja Černjul for the film Daddy by Dalibor Matanić – unanimous decision.
Excellent visualization of a film story and supreme aesthetics of film photography which depicts character portraits and nature, which gives the story a new atmosphere, in an inspiring manner.

10. Golden Arena for Best Actor in a Supporting Role goes to Boris Buzančić for the role of Grandpa in the film Kotlovina by Tomislav Radić – unanimous decision.
The role of Grandpa which no spectator can resist is created in a masterly manner.

11. Golden Arena for Best Actor in a Leading Role goes to Draško Zidar for the role of Mirko in the film Kotlovina by Tomislav Radić – unanimous decision.
For the complexity of the character he created intertwining the richness of all the characters of the film troupe.

12. Golden Arena for Best Actress in a Supporting Role goes to Iva Mihalić for the role of Sister in the film Daddy by Dalibor Matanić – unanimous decision.
For a realistic and credible depiction of family pathology achieved by minimalist acting.

13. Golden Arena for Best Actress in a Leading Role goes to Mirela Brekalo Popović for the role of Ana in the film Kotlovina by Tomislava Radića– unanimous decision.
For a wide variety of acting techniques she used to create a convincing and detailed portrayal of the character she plays.

IMAGE HADDAD has been collaborating with the Festival for as many as 11 years and this collaboration has become a tradition which is based on Haddad’s cureless love for film and its belief that business must support culture and art. Apart from providing clothes to governing council members, IMAGE HADDAD will award this year’s Golden Arena Best Actress in a Leading Role winner, actress Mirela Brekalo

14. Golden Arena for Best Screenplay goes to Tomislav Radić for the film Kotlovina – unanimous decision.
Creating the film out of seemingly irrelevant events, he gave an opportunity to his cast to portray superb and convincing characters.

15. Golden Arena for Best Director goes to Dalibor Matanić for the film Daddy – majority vote.
He created an atmosphere of unease which is present from the beginning until the end of the film.

16. Grand Golden Arena for Best Film goes to Tomislav Radić, producer of the film Kotlovina by Tomislav Radić – unanimous decision.
For the depiction of a seemingly irrelevant family dynamics which is convincing in terms of style, idea and direction and which as a whole defines the country we live in today in a refined manner.

Hypo Banka grants a prize amounting to HRK 30,000.00 to Tomislav Radić, the director of the film Kotlovina and the winner of the Grand Golden Arena for Best Film at the 58th Pula Film Festival.

II. Golden Gate of Pula Audience Award
Voting for the National Programme screened in the Arena, the audience granted the Golden Gate of Pula Audience Award to the film Koko and the Ghosts by Daniel Kušan, produced by Inter Film Zagreb, average score 4.78.

Koko and the Ghosts, dir. Danijel Kušan (4.78); Blurs, dir. Aldo Tardozzi (4.52); Piran-Pirano, dir. Goran Vojnović (4.51); Step by Step, dir. Biljana Čakić-Veselič ( 4.48 ); Lea and Darija, dir. Branko Ivanda (4.43); Little Gypsy Witch, dir. Tomislav Žaja (4.42); Kotlovina, dir. Tomislav Radić (3.87); 7seX7, dir. Irena Škorić (3.73); Josef, dir. Stanislav Tomić (3.52), Daddy, dir. Dalibor Matanić (3.37); Darkness, dir. Dan Oki (screening in the Arena cancelled due to rain)

III. Awards by the Jury of the International Programme

Jury: Paul Bradley, producer – president, Paolo Minuto, film scholar, Niels Schneider, actor
1. Arena for Best Actor/Actress goes to the entire troupe of the film Silent Sonata by Janez Burger – unanimous decision.
The entire troupe triumphed hand-in-hand in this truly fantastic blend of subtlety, terror, farce and tenderness – overflowing with eloquence without a word being spoken.
2. Arena for Best Director goes to Luca Guadagnino for the film I Am Love –  unanimous decision.
A supreme (example) of a Director’s unique sensitivity and vision dazzlingly realised – a scintillating and mesmeric work.
3. Arena for Best Film goes to Ashgar Farhadi, directorof the film Nader and Simin, a Separation by Ashgara Farhadija – unanimous decision.
A film which depicts domestic and social disharmony with a sensitive and searing truth; a brilliantly executed drama of universal relevance, the script, cast and director in perfect harmony.
-Special mention to the film Montevideo, Taste of a Dream by Dragan Bjelogrlić.
In perfect harmony with a thrilled audience during a magical evening at Pula Castle ,
”Montevideo” conjured up the joy of true cinema – funny, touching and joyous. We felt this needed to be shared and celebrated.

IV. The Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean Jury (FEDEORA)
Jury: Eva af Geijerstam, film critic, president, Peter Cargin, film critic, Božidar Trkulja, film critic.

1. Croatian short feature films
A Diploma for Best Film from the Short Film Programme goes to the film Winter by Denis Lepur and Marko Stanić for a focused and discreet depiction of the end of life.

2. National Programme – minority co-productions section
A Diploma for Best Minority Co-production goes to the film The Enemy by Dejan Zečević for metaphysical strength and depiction of war as an internal and external enemy as well as an eternal conflict.

3. National Programme – main section
A Diploma for Best Film in the National Programme Main Section goes to the film Daddy by Dalibor Matanić for his masterly shot, well-constructed and concise drama with four conflicting characters.

V. Awards granted by the Jury of the Croatian Film Critics’ Association

2. International Programme
– A Diploma goes to director Lars von Trier for the film Melancholia, average score 4.63

3. National Programme – minority co-productions section
– A Diploma goes to director Dejan Zečević for the film The Enemy, average score 4.16

4. National Programme – main section
– The OKTAVIJAN Award goes to director Tomislav Radić for the film Kotlovina, average score 4.33.

VI. Awards granted by the Young Film Lovers Yury

Jury of the Young Film Lovers for the International Programme: Noah Balasubrahmanyan, Klasja Habjan, Mia Jurić, Tea Radić, Courtney Sheehan, Luana Verbanac, Vanja Vukičević, president, Mateja Vuković

1. International Programme
– A recognition goes to directors Im Sang-soo for the film The Housemaid and Giuseppe Capotondi for the film The Double Hour, with the same average score of 4.3

Jury  of the Young Film Lovers for the National Programme, Minority Co-productions and Short Croatian Film: Mateja Brodarić, Moira Buršić, Robert Cukon, Ivan Mardešić, Adriano Radolović, Danijela Simović, Ondrej Sloup, Branko Smoljanić, Marija Škrlec, Manda Turkalj, Luana Verbanac, Vanja Vukičević, president

1. Croatian short feature films
– A Diploma goes to director Neda Radić for the film Room Service, average score 3.5

2. National Programme – minority co-productions section
– A Diploma goes to director Metod Pevec for the film Good Night, Missy, average score 3.9

3. National Programme – main section
– A Diploma for Best Film in the National Programme main section goes to Daniel Kušan for the film Koko and the Ghosts, average score 3.9

VII. Awards granted by the Children’s Jury

Jury: Lisa Karan (10 years), Nola Kliček (9 years), Bojan Crnogorčić (10 years), Lana Crnogorčić (9 years), Ivan Račan (9 years), Luka Brodarić (12 years), Denis Joldić (13 years), Luna Vojnović (6 years)

1. A Diploma goes to the German feature film The Crocodiles by Christian Ditter

VIII. Bring Your Own Film! Awards
Jury: Matija Debeljuh, multimedia artist, Jakov Kosanović, film critic and journalist for Slobodna Dalmacija, Dario Marušić, musician and ethno music scholar

1. A Diploma for Best Short Film goes to the film Belief in Life by David Bagarić from Čeminac.

On behalf of the jury Jakov Kosanović concludes: Belief in Life, a short film by David Bagarić deserves the main prize for at least three reasons. Lasting only three minutes, it is skilful in technical terms, it contains a coherent narrative form and it is suggestive. Considering the ambitions of this programme which invites young authors to bring their own films, Bagarić’s film has fulfilled its goals in many ways. T-com, the Partner of the Festival, awards David Bagarić with the fastest running mobile phone on the market, the Samsung Galaxy S II miracle of technology with Simpa Internet mini Start, and LCD Samsung LE22C350D1W TV.

The second prize, LCD Samsung LE22C350D1W TV, goes to John Kardum and Ira Tomić from Rijeka for an exquisite atmosphere cartoon entitled Everyday toon about golden bird and abnormal goon which could adapt its refined noir easily to any media programme of high visual standards.

Apart from the awards granted by the Jury, the partner of the Festival T-com awards the winner decided upon by the visitors of the MAXzone Tportal. The prize is again the fast miracle of technology Samsungu Galaxy S II with Simpa Internet mini Start and it goes to Mario Celija from Barban for the film The Window.

The competition programme of the Bring Your Own Film call for entries has been concluded for this year and the films are ready for screenings. One only needs to visit max.tportal.hr and go in search of their film!

IX. T- com SMS 58th Pula HIT Award – Grade the film and win Nintendo Wii and LCD TV

Commission: Davorka Pogačić, Matko Plovanić, Sandra Petrović Dishpalli, – Pula Film Festival and Damir Bošnjak and Zvjezdana Šekutor – HT.

The film with the highest score is Koko and the Ghosts – film code KOKO.
The winner of the award who voted for the film Koko and the Ghosts is Mladen Babun, Fijanova 8, Zagreb.

X. The Marijan Rotar Award

The Marijan Rotar Award, bearing the name of the founder and the originator of the Pula Film Festival, is granted to individuals and institutions whose ideas, actions, help, tendencies and support have helped bring together Pula and film.
This year’s winner of the award is the independent daily paper GLAS ISTRE, and all its journalists, publicists, critics, photographers and editors who have been providing quality information to readers on films and other events at the Pula Film Festival for 58 years.

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