ZAGREB, Croatia — The international features jury at the Zagreb Film Festival, which is one of the Balkan region’s top movie events, delivered the top prize to “The Lunchbox” Saturday at the closing ceremony in the historic Europa Kino movie theater, which was built in 1936 and saved from threatened demolition through a campaign led by the fest crew.
The film had been repped in Zagreb by lead actress Nimrat Kaur and Cedomir Kolar, one of the producers (pictured together, above). Helmer Ritesh Batra delivered a “thank you” message at the closing ceremony via Skype.
Croatian movie “Vis-a-Vis,” which centers on a film director and his lead actor trying to bond on an isolated island in winter, received a special mention.
The fest closed with a screening of “Circles,” a drama about the relationships connected to a murder during the Balkans War, which was inspired by a real event. Srdan Golubovic’s film is Serbia’s entry in the Academy Awards.
The prize for short film went to Romania’s “In the Fish Bowl,” and Iceland’s “Whale Valley” received a special mention.
The jury for both feature films and shorts was composed of Golubovic, Romanian producer Ada Solomon, whose film “Child’s Pose” is Romania’s Oscar entry, and Variety journalist Leo Barraclough.
The docu feature prize, which was awarded by a separate jury, went to Andy Wolff’s “The Captain and his Pirate.”