Pula festival honors native ‘Son’

Arsen Anton Ostojic's film takes top prize

Croatian director Arsen Anton Ostojic’s “No One’s Son” swept the board to take most of the top prizes July 26 at the closing of the 55th edition of the Pula Film Festival.

The festival — held most years since 1954 with open-air screenings in the Adriatic port city’s magnificently preserved Roman coliseum — awarded its Grand Golden Arena prize for best film to Ostojic’s “No One’s Son,” about a disabled Balkans war veteran whose life is shaken up by the unexpected arrival of a Serbian refugee harboring secrets about his family.

Ostojic, whose 2004 black-and-white film “A Wonderful Night in Split” brought him to international attention as a Croatian director to watch, drew kudos for directing, while pic’s lead actor (Alen Liveric), music (Mate Matisic), sound (Damir Klucaric and Blaz Andracic) and special effects (Drago and Marko Poldrugac) also took honors.

Saturday’s other big winners were Vinko Bresan’s black post-civil war comedy “Will Not End Here,” which picked up nods for supporting actor (Leon Lucev), editing (Sandra Botica Bresan), costume design and art design; and Zrinko Ogresta’s love triangle “Behind the Glass,” which took lead actress (Jadranka Dokic) and camera (Davorin Gecl) kudos.

Other winners were Goran Rusinovic’s psychological drama “Buick Riviera” for script (Rusinovic and Miljenko Jergovic) and Dalibor Matinic’s village drama “Kino Lika” for supporting actress (Nada Gacesic-Livakovic) and makeup (Mojca Gorogranc).

International Competition:
Golden Arena for film
“The Girl Cut in Two,” Claude Chabrol, France
Director
Mike Leigh for “Happy Go Lucky” (U.K.)
Acting role Liu Weiwei for “In Love We Trust” (China)
Young Cinephiles Award“The Unknown,” Giuseppe Tornatore (Italy)

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