U.S.-based Croatian director Rajko Grlic’s tale of adultery and middle-age angst “Just Between Us” swept the board Saturday at the closing of Croatia’s Golden Arena film awards in Pula.
The film took seven of the 15 awards, including a $5,000 prize for best film and awards for director, supporting actress (Ksenija Marinkovic), cinematography (Slobodan Trninic), music (Alfi Kabiljo and AlanBjelinski), production design (Ivo Husnjak) and sound editing (Srdjan Krupjel).
Grlic also won director honors for “Just Between Us,” which explored marital infidelity, a theme apparent in other films in competiton at Pula, at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival two weeks ago.
In other awards in Pula, first-time helmer Danilo Serbedzija’s “Seventy Two Days” received the audience award, actor award for the director’s father Rade Serbedzija, and supporting actor for Bogdan Diklic, as well as best make-up for Snjezana Gorup.
Nevio Marasovic picked up the National Critics’ Award Oktavijan and best screenplay Golden Arena for “The Show Must Go On” as well as the special award for newcomer.
Tomislav Vujinovic and Aleksandar Faraguna won best special effects for the same film.
Marija Skaricic took leading actress honors for her role in Dal Matanic’s “Mother of Asphalt”
Zorana Meic received best costume award for Ivan Goran Vitez’s “Forest Creatures,” which also won for editing (Mato Ilijic). In the co-productions competition, Jasmila Zbanic won best and Zrinka Cvitesic the best female role for “On The Path”.
Tyke thesp Tony Grga picked up best actor award for his role in Adis Bakrac’s “The Abandoned.” The film also won the Federation film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean’s best co-production award.