SKOPJE: The Belgian/Romanian coproduction Alone at My Wedding / Seule à mon marriage directed by Marta Bergman scooped the best film award in the official selection of the 17th Festival of European Film Cinedays, which ended on 18 November 2018.
The jury composed of film and theatre actress Verica Nedeska, film professor and theoretician Alexandra Nakelski and Brigitta Manthey, advisor for film funding at Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, selected Bergman`s debut out of eight films in the Official Selection.
Marysia Nikitiuk won the best director award for When the Trees Fall (Ukraine, Poland, Macedonia) and Stefan Lukacs aka Istvan received the best screenplay award for Cops (Austria). Ana By Day (Spain) directed by Andrea Jaurrieta received a special mention.
The Kosovan drama The Marriage by Blerta Zeqiri was named best out of the six films in the CineBalkan competition. A special mention in this selection was given to Montenegro`s director Aleksa Stefan Radunovic for his film Lazy Guy / Lijenština. The jury consisted of director and writer Izer Aliu, Slovene/French actress and performer Inti Šraj and Turkish producer and writer Servan Güney.
The student film award went to Drive, A Poem for My Father by Irena Gatej from the University of Nova Gorica. In collaboration with Giffoni Macedonia Youth Film Festival, the Young film award went to the Turkish film Arada by Mu Tunc.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Golden Star (Best Film): Alone at My Wedding / Seule à mon mariage (Belgium, Romania, France)
Directed by Marta Bergman
Produced by Frakas Productions
Coproduced by Hi Film Productions (Romania), Avenue B Productions, Zelila Films
Silver Star (Best Director): When the Trees Fall (Ukraine, Poland, Macedonia)
Directed by Marysia Nikitiuk
Produced by Directory Films
Coproduced by Message Film, Fokus In
Blue Star (Best Screenplay): Cops (Austria)
Directed by Stefan Lukacs aka Istvan
Golden Star (Best Film): The Marriage (Kosovo)
Directed by Blerta Zeqiri
Special Mention: Lazy Guy / Lijenština (Montenegro)
Directed by Aleksa Stefan Radunovic
Produced by Andisheh Namvari
Student Competition: Drive, A Poem for My Father (Slovenia)
Directed by Irena Gatej
University of Nova Gorica
Young Film Award: Arada (Turkey)
Directed by Mu Tunc
Film Review Award: Veronika Kamchevska