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Georgia’s ‘In Bloom’ Wins Top Prize at Sarajevo Fest

'A Stranger' walks away with Special Jury Award

LONDON — Georgia-set coming-of-age drama “In Bloom” won Sarajevo Film Festival’s the Heart of Sarajevo prize.

The film follows two teen girls as their dreams are crushed by a violent and male-dominated society. The helming duo, Georgia’s Nana Ekvtimishvili and Germany’s Simon Gross, were selected for Variety’s Ten Euro Directors to Watch program.

The pic’s lead thesps, Lika Babluani and Mariam Bokeria, jointly won Sarajevo’s actress kudos.

Sarajevo’s Special Jury Award went to Bobo Jelcic’s “A Stranger,” and its lead thesp Bogdan Diklic won best actor. The co-production between Croatia and Bosnia is a psychological portrait of a man forced to cross the invisible line that divides two communities.

Juri Rechinsky’s “Sickfuckpeople” won the docu prize. The Ukrainian director’s triptych follows a group of homeless kids fighting drug-addiction; a boy facing a village full of hate while searching for his mother; and a pregnant girl who wants to give birth to her child, but whose sisters are forcing her to have an abortion.

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