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20th European Film Festival Palić 2013
22 July 2013
 
 
   
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European Film Festival Palic celebrated its 20th anniversary this year from 13 to 19 July 2013. The festival was founded in 1992 by the municipality of Subotica and in 2003, in its 10th edition it became a European Film Festival and a member of the European Coordination of Film Festivals. Today the European Film Festival Palić is one of most important film festivals in the region and one of the few in the world with 100% European content. 

International jury, was composed of: director Srđan Dragojević (Serbia), president, programme director of the Rouen Film Festival Marketa Hodouskova (Czech Republic), programme director of Cannes „Critics’ Week“ Pamela Pianezza (France), actress Nurgül Yeşilçay (Turkey) and director Ashley Horner (Great Britain), members.

In the Official Selection three films were from the Balkan Peninsula. Those were the Romanian Of Snails and Men by Tudor Giurgiu, the multiawarded Serbian-Croatian-German-French-Slovenian co-production Circles by Srdan Golubovic and the Turkish Thou Gild`st the Even by Onur Unlu.

Competition programme Parallels and Encounters is dedicated to feature films from former geopolitical region of Eastern Europe which deals with problems of transition of society, political systems, ethnic relations, identity and need for peace and co-existence, tolerance in the widest sense. In this section were screened the films Domestic by Adrian Sitaru, Withering by Milos Pusic, Cold by Ugur Yucel and Eastalgia by Daria Onyshchenko, a co-production from Germany, Ukraine and Serbia.

Other films from the Balkans, in varius sections of the festival were Gde Je Nada (directors Luka Popadić, Aron Sekelj, Raško Milatović, Marko Đorđević, Miloš Milovanović, Nemanja Vojinović, Petar Ristovski, Tea Lukač), Putevima Tibora Sekelja by Stipan Milodanović and  the short films Rabbitland by Ana Nedeljković, Nikola Majdak and The Tale of the Wall Habitants by Andrej Boka.

The section New Turkish Cinema offered a variety of the best Turkish films from the last two years. In this section were screened the films:
Losers Club by Tolga Ornek

This year`s Homage section was dedicated to influential directors Emir Kusturica and Nikita Mihalkov with screenings of a selection of their most important films, such as Underground, When Father was Away on Business, Oblomov and Burnt By The Sun. The directors received the Aleksandar Lifka Award for their contribution to European cinema.

Emir Kusturica

The Awards of the 20th European Film Festival Palic 2013.

After they saw 14 films within Official Selection, jury members have made following decision:
GOLDEN TOWER FOR THE BEST FILM went to Dutch film Borgman, by Alex van Warmerdam
“A powerful, brave and unique film, beautifully directed, and with an unexpected and surrealistic twist, that shows an anti establishment finger to society which leaves us wanting to answer the unanswered.”

PALIĆ TOWER FOR THE BEST DIRECTOR went to Tudor Giurgiu for the Romanian film Of Snails and Men
"A smart, charming and entertaining comedy with a strong social background that shows and reveals a fresh face of Romanian cinema."  

SPECIAL MENTION went to actor Andrzej Chyra for his role in Polish film In The Name Of… by Malgorzata Szumowska
“With a unique take on the Catholic Church, Chyra offers one of the most compelling and bravest performances seen in an Eastern film for a decade.”

Suggested by the jury, award “SEYFI TEOMAN”, for the most daring and the bravest first or second film, Board of the Festival assigned to Finish film Open Up To Me by Simo Halinen.
“For the brave work coming from Finland dealing with international topic that is still a taboo in many countries of Europe and the world, done in a humble and honest way.” 

International critics‘ jury for Parallels and Encounters selection of the 20 jubilee European Film Festival, was composed of: Irena Bilić (France), the president, Carmen Gray (Great Britain), and Kristina Đuković (Serbia), members.

After they saw 10 films from Parallels and Encounters selection, international critics’ jury has reached following decisions:

AWARD FOR THE BEST FILM was unanimously assigned to Turkish film Cold  directed by Ugur Yucel  "for its poetic, richly layered and daring look at human relations in Turkey through intense performances, rich characterization and impressive cinematography we unanimously award this film“.

SPECIAL MENTION, with the comment that it was very difficult for the members of the jury to make a decision, since several films have impressed them. Finally, they decided to award Me Too. "Once more, Balabanov created a unique poetic world of his own, reflecting turbulent Russian society at the same time."
 
 
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  When Father Was Away on Business
  Underground
  Inside
  Of Snails and Men
  Our Grand Despair
  Somewhere in Between
  Mold
  Circles
  Cold
  Domestic
  Thou Gild`st the Even
  The Extremely Tragic Story Of Celal Tan And His Family
  Withering
 
  Srdjan Dragojevic
  Srdan Golubovic
  Tudor Giurgiu
  Adrian Sitaru
  Nurgul Yesilcay
  Zeki Demirkubuz
  Seyfi Teoman
  Yesim Ustaoglu
  Ali Aydin
  Ugur Yucel
  Onur Unlu
  Milos Pusic
 
  The Documentary Competition of Sarajevo IFF 2013
  Feature Film Competition at Sarajevo IFF 2013
 
 
 
 
 
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