Director Emir Kusturica awarded in Montreal. The documentary film "Village without Women", written and directed by Srdjan Sarenac, has won the Association of French Directors’ award in La Rochelle. "Death of Man in the Balkans", a new film by Miroslav Momcilovic, won a prize at the International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary. Milena Gluvacevic has more in our regular feature Cultural Review.
Famous film director Emir Kusturica was honored with the prestigious Antonio Carlos Jobim Award at the International Jazz Festival in Montreal. Kusturica is the ninth laureate of the award, which, as the jury announced, honors "artists for their outstanding impact in the field of world music, and whose influence on the evolution of jazz and cultural crossover is widely recognized." The award was established in 2004 and named after famous Brazilian musician Antonio Carlos Jobim.
The documentary film "Village without Women", written and directed by Srdjan Sarenac, has won the Association of French Directors (SACD) Award at the film festival in La Rochelle. So far, this documentary has been shown at 40 film festivals worldwide and won 13 awards, including Documenta Madrid 2011th and the Ivica Matic Award of the Association of Film Workers of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Sarajevo Film Festival in 2011. The 2009 film "Village without Women" follows the Jankovic brothers, bachelors living in the remote mountain village of Zabrdje in the south-western Serbia in their quest for brides from Albania.
"Death of Man in the Balkans", a new film by Miroslav Momcilovic, won the Independent Camera Prize at the International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary. The movie was screened in the competition program Independent Forum, along with another 14 films from around the world. The Serbian director was a guest of the festival and received the award at the closing ceremony on July 9. A tragicomedy focusing on the mentality and nature of the Serbs has won the hearts of the jury that reached its decision unanimously as well as of the audience in Karlovy Vary. Momcilovic’s film will be next screened out of competition at the international film festival in Sarajevo. Theatrical distribution in Serbia and abroad will commence in September. In Serbia, the film was premiered last month at the Cinema City Festival in Novi Sad, where it won best director, best screenplay, best actor, and critics awards. This was followed by the screening at the SOFEST Festival in Sopot and the best screenplay, critics, and the audience awards.