Serbian filmmaker Bojan Vuletic’s “Requiem for Mrs. J” won the Works in Progress Award @KVIFF on Wednesday.
Valued at €100,000 ($111,000), the prize includes post-production services at Prague-based companies UPP and Soundsquare, and a €10,000 cash award by Barrandov Studio.
The jury, comprised of Karin Schockweiler from Luxembourg’s Film Fund, Sundance’s Kim Yutani and Meinolf Zurhorst of German pubcasters Arte/ZDF, selected “Requiem for Mrs. J” from eight projects from Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Turkey, Greece and former Soviet territories.
“We decided to award a drama that looks at today’s society from a darkly humorous and realistic perspective,” the jury said. “Lead by a complex performance, this film examines the life of a woman whose struggle with bureaucracy forces her to take an inevitable solution.”
The €50,000 Eurimages Lab Project Award @KVIFF went to Slovenian filmmaker Miha Knific for “Perseverance.”
Karlovy Vary is the first of the four international film festivals selected by Eurimages to present the prize. Other fests will present the same award over the coming months.
“Perseverance” was one of eight projects selected from Eurimages countries in production or post-production. The award is presented to projects “made outside the traditional filmmaking framework and showing international co-operation.”
“We were moved by this poetic film that evokes the basic conditions of mankind,” the jury said, adding noting its “visually striking and sensory journey through the secrets, memories, and imagination of the human race.”