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Turkish Comedy ‘Album’ Wins Best Film at Sarajevo Film Festival

Turkish black comedy “Album,” about a couple who go to absurd lengths to hoodwink people into believing their adopted child is in fact their biological offspring, has won best film at the Sarajevo Film Festival.

The social satire, which is the feature debut of writer-director Mehmet Can Mertoglu, is being sold by The Match Factory. The pic made its world premiere in Critics’ Week in Cannes, where it won the France 4 Visionary Award.

The Special Jury Prize was picked up by Bulgaria’s “Godless,” Ralitza Petrova’s debut feature about a crooked, drug-addicted nurse, trading in the stolen identity papers of her patients. The film’s Irena Ivanova won best actress.

Romanian film “Dogs,” directed by Bogdan Mirica, received a Special Jury Mention, and the movie’s Gheorghe Visu won best actor. The pic centers on a man who inherits a piece of land near Romania’s border with Ukraine, and comes into conflict with a local crime gang who have been using the property as a smuggling route. International sales are handled by BAC Films.

The award for documentary film went to Romania’s “A Mere Breath,” whose world sales agent is Syndicado.

The Bosnian festival, which specializes in pics from South-East Europe, ran Aug. 12-20.

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