Movie “Take me Somewhere Nice”, directed by Ena Sendijarevic has won the best feature film at 25thSarajevo Film Festival (SFF).
On the verge of adulthood, Alma leaves her mother’s home in the Netherlands and travels to her native Bosnia to visit the father she has never met. But from the very start, nothing goes as planned. Her cousin Emir gives her a frosty reception and mocks her easy life in the West. At the same time, undeniable sexual chemistry leads Alma into a passionate relationship with Emir’s best friend, the troublemaker Denis. As the obstacles mount, Alma remains fearlessly determined to follow her plan and find her father. High on the reckless energy of youth and the rush of adult discovery, the rebellious trio embark on an adventure, taking an increasingly unpredictable road trip through the scorching Bosnian heartland. Over the course of the journey, Alma will learn to accept and understand herself, and embrace all challenges that come her way.
Heart of Sarajevo for best actor went to Levan Gelbakhiani who acted in “And then we danced”.
“Yesterday I was walking and this city reminded me of my home, because of people, history and painful memories,” Gelbakhiani said, adding he really felt that Sarajevo was his second home.
Heart of Sarajevo for best actress went to Bulgarian Irini Jambonas who acted in “Rounds” who said during her speech in video message that she is very happy and honored with the award that it touched her deeply.
The Heart of Sarajevo for the best director went to Turkish Emin Alper, who directed “A Tale of Three Sisters”.
“It is a great honor to receive this award. I am very grateful to the Sarajevo Film Festival, if they invite me again I will keep coming,”Alper said.
The jubilee edition of the festival brought a total of 270 movies screened in 18 programs from 56 countries. A total of 68 films made their world and 12 made its international premieres. There were 53 films in competition for the Heart of Sarajevo Awards and more than 100,000 visitors since Aug.16.
Towards the end of the four-year siege of Sarajevo, in 1995, Obala Art Centar initiated the SFF with the aim of helping to reconstruct civil society and retain the cosmopolitan spirit of the city. For the last 25 years, SFF has been recongnized as the leading film festival in the region, recognized by both professionals and the wider audiences. Enditem