LJUBLJANA: A Good Wife / Dobra žena, a full length feature debut by the acclaimed Serbian actress Mirjana Karanović, took the Kingfisher Award at the 27th edition of the Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe) on 19 November 2016.
The Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian portrait of a woman who accidentally discovers the truth about her seemingly perfect husband’s past, was competing with nine other titles shown in the Perspective Section. The international jury consisting of the founder of LIFFe, Jelka Stergel, Polish journalist Mariola Wiktor and Bosnian director Pjer Žalica explained: “The author has approached this sensitive and painful post-war topic in Serbian society very efficiently. The film is distinguished by real-life characters, strong narrative story structure, excellent acting and a very surprising and ethical turn of events.”
The Kingfisher Special mention went to the Israeli film One Week and a Day / Shavua ve Yom by Asaph Polonsky. Michael Dudok de Wit's animated film The Red Turtle / La tortue rouge was awarded by FIPRESCI.
The audience award went to Between Sea and Land / La ciénaga - entre el mar y la tierra by Manolo Cruz and Carlos del Castillo. The touching Columbian drama received the Dragon Award based on the highest audience score: 4.68 out of 5.
List of winners:
A Good Wife / Dobre žena (Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia) Directed by Mirjana Karanovic Produced by This&That Productions Coproduced by Deblokada, Nukleus Film, Cineplanet Supported by Film Fund Sarajevo
One Week and a Day/Shavua ve Yom (Israel) Directed by Asaph Polonsky
The Red Turtle / La tortue rouge (Japan, France) Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit
Best Short Film
Figura / Figurae (Belgium, Poland)Directed by Katarzyna Gondek
Youth Kinotrip Award
Between Sea and Land (Columbia)Directed by Manolo Cruz and Carlos del Castillo