The King and Sofia’s Last Ambulance Win Awards in Vukovar and Široki Brijeg

On Sunday, 26 August, the official award ceremony wrapped up the 6th edition of Vukovar Film Festival – Danube Region Film Festival.

The jury consisting of Goran Grgić, Marko Njegić and Jan Cvitković presented the award for best documentary film to the Croatian film The King by Dejan Aćimović, with the following explanation: In his film about the Paralympics athlete and world shot put record holder Darko Kralj, Aćimović daringly, from the first minute to the last, catches the raw emotion of life, giving a firsthand testimony of the unrelenting human spirit.

The best feature film of Vukovar Film Festival is Romanian Beyond the Hills by Christian Mungiu, while the best short film prize went to the German parody of Hollywood blockbusters, Armadingen by Philipp Kaessbohrer.

The King also won the Audience Award at the recent 13th Mediterranean Film Festival in Široki Brijeg (Bosnia and Hercegovina). Mediterranean Film Festival’s three-member jury, consisting of Israeli director Doron Tsabari, Jovan Marjanović, member of the Filmmakers’ Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Sarajevo Film Festival’s Industry manager, and Zdenko Jurilj, journalist and director from Široki Brijeg, chose the German-Bulgarian-Croatian film Sofia’s Last Ambulance as the best film of the festival, with the explanation that this film erases the boundaries between documentary and fiction and makes the viewer question basic social values.

The second place went to the Spanish documentary A Story for the Modlins, while the Jury Special Mention went to the Lebanese film Al Hara by Nicolas Khoury.

On Saturday, 25 August, the 2nd Opuzen Film Festival also ended. The award for best feature film of the festival went to Belvedere by Ahmed Imamović, co-produced by Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.

Cover photos: The King; Sofia's Last Ambulance; Belvedere

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