Sarajevo top prize goes to 'Atman'

Two of Eastern Europe’s leading film fest — Poland’s 11th New Horizon and the 17th Sarajevo Film Festival in Bosnia and Herzegovina — wrapped over the weekend.

The top award at Wroclaw’s New Horizon, worth $28,000, went to Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari for “Attenberg” while Sarajevo’s top prize, worth $35,000, went to Austria’s Karl Markovics for “Atman.”

Other New Horizon awards included an arts film honor to Korea’s Kim Ki-duk for “Arirang” and best Polish film to Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal for “It Looks Pretty from a Distance.”

At Sarajevo, a special jury prize of $14,000 went to Bulgarian director Konstantin Bojanov’s “Ave.” Best thesps went to Thomas Schubert for his role in “Atman” and Romanian actress Ada Condeescu for her part in Catalin Mitulescu’s “Loverboy.”

In the fest’s increasingly important industry sidebar Cinelink, films that won support included a $43,000 Eurimages award for Turkish film “Yozgat Blues,” directed by Mahmut Fazil Coskun. For works in progress, in kind support awards of $28,000 went to Alexandra Gulea’s “Child Minder” from Romania while post production support worth $115,000 went to Turkey’s Ali Aydin for “Mold.”

Angelina Jolie received the Heart of Sarajevo award for her directorial debut “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” set during the civil war in Bosnia.

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