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19 Feb 13

Serbs Awarded at Berlin Film Festival

Two movies from Serbia, Krugovi and Rabbitland, received awards at the recently closed International Film Festival in Berlin.

Nemanja Cabric
BIRN Belgrade
Screen shot from the movie 'Krugovi' | Photo: Youtube

While Srdjan Golubovic's movie Krugovi (Circles) repeated its success in the Sundance Festival - where it received a special recognition - and was chosen as the best in the Berlinale Forum programme, the cartoon Rabbitland was pronounced best short animated movie.

According to the ecumenical jury comprised of members of Interfilm and Signis, the film organizations representing Christian churches, Krugovi truthfully depicts the ability of humans to overcome their prejudices and forgive others.

This prize has been awarded at the Berlinale since 1992, and is intended for directors who represent human activities or experiences in a Christian manner, thus encouraging the development of spiritual and social values.

A war-time drama, it is based on the true-life story of a Bosnian Serb soldier called Srdjan Aleksic who saved a Muslim in the southeast Bosnian town of Trebinje, only to be killed later by his fellow soldiers.

Meanwhile, the authors of Rabbitland, Ana Nedeljkovic and Nikola Majdak junior, received the Crystal Bear for best short animated movie.

Screened as a part of the Generation 14 Plus Programme, Rabbitland is set in a country inhabited solely by brainless rabbits, through which the authors raise important questions about freedom of speach and personal and collective identity.

The jury stated that the movie had presented audiences with a provocative topic, combining irony and black humor to criticize political structures and "make us feel at least uncomfortable with our everyday lives".

The 63rd Berlinale ended on February 16. At the official ceremony, Romanian director Călin Peter Netzer won Golden Bear for Best Film for Poziţia Copilului (Child's Pose), Danis Tanovic from Bosnia and Herzegovina won the Silver Bear for the An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, while Nazif Mujic,who debuted in Tanovic's movie, was voted best actor.

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