On the Other Side Wins Eight Awards at the 63rd Pula Film Festival

Zrinko Ogresta’s On the Other Side was awarded the Grand Golden Arena at the 63rd edition of Pula Film Festival, which took place from 9 to 16 July 2016. The film received seven other awards, including best director and screenplay. Adrian Sitaru’s Illegitimate received the Golden Arena for Best Film in the International Competition.

1. BEST FILM – PROGRAMME PULICA
The audience in the Programme Pulica awarded:
- Diploma for Best Feature Film to the film Little Gangster, director Arne Toonen.

2. DECISION OF THE JURY IN THE STUDENT PROGRAMME
- Diploma for Best Film to the film Love, directed by Boya Harizanova: "For a mature creation of a warm and moving story about most important human emotions".

3. DECISION OF THE JURY IN THE PROGRAMME NEIGHBOURS AND FRIENDS
- Diploma for Best Film to the film Illegitimate, directed by Adrian Sitaru: "For its successful presentation of a unique psychological family theme in an innovative manner, especially considering the fact that every scene was shot only once and that for half of the actors this was their first screen appearance".

The jury wanted to grant a special mention to the film Houston, We Have a Problem!, by director Žiga Virc.

4. BEST SHORT FILM – CROATIAN PROGRAMME
- Diploma for Best Short Film in the Croatian Programme to the short film Flowers directed by Judita Gamulin: "For excellent directing of actors and viewers through a complex and emotional story".

5. DECISIONS OF THE JURY FOR THE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME
- Golden Arena for Best Feature Film to the film Illegitimate directed by Adrian Sitaru: "film that questions morality and legitimacy without lecturing or choosing sides, through complex family relations, demonstrating honesty to the society it was made in".

- The Jury for the International Programme wanted to grant a special mention to the film Tramontane directed by Vatche Boulghourjian: "For the goodness it finds in a complex way and for showing that life can offer sometimes the unexpected prospects".

6. CROATIAN SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS AWARD
- The OCTAVIAN AWARD is awarded to the film On the Other Side directed by Zrinko Ogresta, with an average mark of 4,28.

7. GOLDEN GATE OF PULA AUDIENCE AWARD
- By voting for the Croatian Programme films screened in the Arena, the audience has awarded the Golden Gate of Pula to the film Lazar directed by Svetozar Ristovski with an average mark of 4,89.

8. DECISION OF THE JURY IN THE CROATIAN PROGRAMME

CROATIAN PROGRAMME – CROATIAN MINORITY CO-PRODUCTION

1. Golden Arena for Best Film is awarded to the film A Good Wife, directed by Mirjana Karanović: "The film is an impressive debutant achievement which thematises the relationship between truth and emotions in a dramatically strong manner and through a series of impressive acting performances".

2. Golden Arena for Best Director is awarded to Rúnar Rúnarsson for the film Sparrows: "Due to a masterful direction which links the harshness of the atmosphere and the story with lyrical moments in a skilful and precise manner".

3. Golden Arena for Best Acting Performance is awarded to Vedran Živolić in the film Lazar: "For an acting performance that displays the internal restlessness of the character in a subtle yet powerful fashion".

9. CROATIAN PROGRAMME – CROATIAN FILM
1. Breza Award for Best Debutant is awarded to Renata Pokupić for Brankica in the film All the Best directed by Snježana Tribuson: "For the ease and spontaneity with which she stepped into the medium of film"
2. Golden Arena for Make-up is awarded to Slavica Šnur for the film Shooting Stars directed by Ivan-Goran Vitez: "For the make-up that follows director’s ideas through a series of different transformations".
3. Golden Arena for Best Sound Design is awarded to Martin Semenčić and Ivan Zelić for the film On the Other Side directed by Zrinko Ogresta: "For the background sound that supports the atmosphere of the film in a discreet manner".
4. Golden Arena for Best Visual Effects is awarded to Saša Budimir, Ratimir Rakuljić and Lado Skorin for the film All the Best directed by Snježana Tribuson: "For visual stylizations that introduce us to the story in an intriguing manner".
5. Golden Arena for Best Costume Design is awarded to Ivana Zozoli Vargović for the film All the Best directed by Snježana Tribuson: "For the equally skilful design of costumes of a strong visual melodrama and those from different life situations".
6. Golden Arena for Best Scenography is awarded to Željka Burić for the film All the Best directed by Snježana Tribuson: "For a broad spectrum of different ambiences that participate in the creation of a unique film atmosphere in an intriguing manner".
7. Golden Arena for Best Music is awarded to Rundek Cargo Trio for the music in the film Generation ‘68 directed by Nenad Puhovski: "For the music that introduces the viewer to the time period the film is set in in a nostalgic and discreet fashion".
8. Golden Arena for Best Editing is awarded to Tomislav Pavlic for the film On the Other Side directed by Zrinko Ogresta: "It contributes to the film’s dramaturgy in its very restricted form, faithfully following and enhancing director’s ideas".
9. Golden Arena for Best DOP is awarded to Tamara Cesarec for the film Shooting Stars directed by Ivan-Goran Vitez: "For innovative use of photography techniques that strongly mark the general tone of the film".
10. Golden Arena for Best Supporting Actor is awarded to Goran Navojec for the role of Ljubo in the film All the Best directed by Snježana Tribuson: "For a charming interpretation of a likable fickle person".
11. Golden Arena for Best Actor is awarded to Lazar Ristovski for the role of Žarko in the film On the Other Side directed by Zrinko Ogresta: "For a convincing interpretation relying primarily on suggestion and only secondly on explication".
12. Golden Arena for Best Supporting Actress is awarded to Tena Nemet Brankov for the role of Nika in the film Trampoline directed by Katarina Zrinka Matijević: "For an impressive interpretation of a teenage girl torn between an oppressive life with her mother and a desire to live a new life".
13. Golden Arena for Best Actress is awarded to Ksenija Marinković for the role of Vesna in the film On the Other Side directed by Zrinko Ogresta: "The award is granted to an actress who has marked this year’s Pula with versatile roles for a particularly perceptive creation that largely contributed to the overall impression of the film".
14. Golden Arena for Best Screenplay is awarded to Mate Matišić and Zrinko Ogresta for the film On the Other Side directed by Zrinko Ogresta: "For the screenplay that with its dramaturgy reaches a high level of persuasiveness of the story that is further strengthened through an unpredictable twist".
15. Golden Arena for Best Director is awarded to Zrinko Ogresta for the film On the Other Side: "For the direction that makes use of all means of expression to pull the viewer as an observer from the other side into the anxiety-ridden world of the protagonists".
16. Grand Golden Arena for Best Festival Film is awarded to the film On the Other Side directed by Zrinko Ogresta: "A film with an impressive atmosphere of uncertainty and with a gradual development of emotional and dramatic suspense that leads to a global metaphor".

Title photos: Zrinko Ogresta; Ksenija Marinković; Lazar Ristovski; Tomislav Pavlic; Tena Nemet Brankov; Vedran Živolić; Nenad Puhovski; Mirjana Karanović (*photos by Srećko Niketić, Matija Šćulac i Slaven Radolović)

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