Romanian filmmakers awarded in Sarajevo


The Heart of Sarajevo Award for documentary film was won by Alexander Nanau’s Toto and His Sisters at the 21st Sarajevo Film Festival Awards held August 14-22.

The movie was also awarded EUR 3,000 provided by The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.
The movie is on observational documentary, shot for 14 months in Ferentari district in Bucharest, where a large Roma community is residing. It tells the story of three brothers, Totonel, Ana and Andreea, who had to put up with their mother’s absence and to prematurely grow up. During their mother’s imprisonment, Toto learns dancing, reading and writing, while his sisters try to keep the family together.

The Sarajevo jury was composed of Romanian director Calin Peter Netzer, Diana Bustamante, artistic director of Cartagena Film Festival in Colombia, Zrinka Cvitesic, a Croatian actress who is based in the U.K., British producer Mike Downey, and Serbian director Maja Milos.

Deniz Gamze Erguven’s “Mustang” has won the Heart of Sarajevo Award for best feature film, while Sarajevo’s Special Jury Prize went to Laszlo Nemes’ “Son of Saul,” which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.
At the same time, “The Fixer”, directed by Romanian Adrian Sitaru and produced by Anamaria Antoci won The Post Republic award in kind post production services worth EUR 50,000, while “The Soldiers” project, produced by Ada Solomon won Cinelink Living Pictures Service prize.

“Cinema, Mon Amour”, a documentary project by Alexandru Belc, won the Cat&Docs Award worth EUR 2,000 as well as Croatian Radio Television HRT award also worth EUR 2,000. The postproduction of sound services in the amount of 4.000 EUR provided by studio Chelia was awarded to Anda Puscas for the best pitch.