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FESTIVALS: Stories from the Chestnut Woods Wins Big at Festival of Slovenian Film Portorož Featured

2019-09-23
Film crew of the winning film Stories from the Chesnut Woods Film crew of the winning film Stories from the Chesnut Woods

PORTOROŽ: Gregor Božič’s debut feature Stories from the Chestnut Woods won the Vesna Award for best film at the 22nd Festival of Slovenian Film, which ran in Portorož from 17 to 22 September 2019. The film won 11 Vesna awards and also the IRIDIUM award for first feature.

Stories from the Chestnut Woods also won best director and best actor (Massimo De Francovich), and it was also awarded in the cinematography, music, editing, production design, costume design, make-up and sound categories. The film also won the Vesna Audience Award.

Siniša Gačič's Daughter of Cammora won the Vesna Award for best documentary, while the Macedonian/Belgian/Slovenian/French coproduction God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija by Teona Strugar Mitevska won the Vesna Award for best minority coproduction and also the Slovenian Art Cinema Association Award.

FIPRESCI's jury was not appointed this year.

Altogether 106 films (58 in the competition and 48 out of the competition) were screened in Portorož.

FULL LIST OF WINNERS:

Vesna Award for Best Feature Film: Stories from the Chestnut Woods / Zgodbe iz kostanjevih gozdov (Slovenia, Italy)
Directed by Gregor Božič
Produced by Nosorogi
Coproduced by Transmedia Production, Deutsche Film Und Fensehakademie Berlin, RTV Slovenija
Supported by the Slovenian Film Centre, Creative Europe MEDIA

Vesna Award for Best Director: Gregor Božič for Stories from the Chestnut Woods

Vesna Award for Best Script: Katja Colja and Angelo Carbone for Rosa (Italy, Slovenia)
Directed by Katja Colja
Produced by Minimum Fax Media
Coproduced by Casablanca Film Production , RTV Slovenija
Supported by the Slovenian Film Centre, Viba Film, Eurimages, RAI Cinema, FVG AV Fund

Vesna Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role: Liza Marijina for Half-Sister / Polsestra (Slovenia, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia)
Directed by Damijan Kozole
Produced by Vertigo
Coproduced by RTV Slovenia, Sisters and Brother Mitevski, Baš Čelik
Supported by the Slovenian Film Centre, Film Center Serbia, the North Macedonian Film Agency, MEDIA, Eurimages, Viba Film

Vesna Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role: Massimo De Francovich for Stories from the Chestnut Woods

Vesna Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Jana Zupančič for Corporation / Korporacija (Slovenia, Croatia)
Directed by Matej Nahtigal
Produced by Lignit film
Coproduced by Jaako Dobra Produkcija, MB Grip, Zvokarna, RTV Slovenija
Supported by the Slovenian Film Centre, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Viba Film

Vesna Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Milivoj Roš for Oroslan (Slovenia, Czech Republic)
Directed by Matjaž Ivanišin
Produced by Staragara
Coproduced by I/O Post, Film factory, SPOK
Supported by the Slovenian Film Centre, the Czech Film Fund, Viba Film, Mestna občina Maribor

Vesna Award for Best Cinematography: Ferran Paredes Rubio for Stories from the Chestnut Woods

Vesna Award for Best Original Music: Hekla Magnúsdóttir for Stories from the Chestnut Woods

Vesna Award for Best Editing: Gregor Božič, Benjamin Mirguet and Beppe Leonetti for Stories from the Chestnut Woods

Vesna Award for Best Production Design: Giovanna Cirianni for Stories from the Chestnut Woods

Vesna Award for Best Costume Design: Katharina Jockwer and Mateja Fajt for Stories from the Chestnut Woods

Vesna Award for Best Makeup: Barbara Morosetti for Stories from the Chestnut Woods

Vesna Award for Best Sound: Jan Vysocky and Julij Zornik for Stories from the Chestnut Woods

Vesna Award for Best Documentary: Daughter of Camorra / Hči Camorre (Slovenia)
Directed by Siniša Gačić
Produced by Studio Maj
Coproduced by B/arts, Zavod Zuhr
Supported by the Slovenian Film Centre, Viba Film

Vesna Award for Best Short Film: Paradise / Raj (Slovenia, Croatia)
Directed by Sonja Prosenc, Mitja Ličen
Produced by Monoo
Coproduced by Wolfgang i Dolly
Supported
by the Slovenian Film Centre, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre

 

Vesna Award for Best Minority Slovenian Coproduction: God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya (Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia, Croatia, France)
Directed by Teona Strugar Mitevska
Produced by Sisters and Brother Mitevski
Coproduced by Spiritus movens , Entre Chien et Loup, Vertigo , Deuxième Ligne Films, EZ Films and supported by the Slovenian Film Centre, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, the North Macedonian Film Agency, Viba Film, MEDIA, Eurimages

Vesna Award for Best Animated Film: Liliana (Slovenia)
Directed by Milanka Fabijančič
Produced by ZVVIKS

Vesna Award for Best Student Film: Alzheimer café / Alzheimer Cafe (Slovenia)
Directed by Martin Draksler
Produced by AGRFT

Vesna Award for Best Experimental AV Work: Man with the Shadow / Človek s senco (Slovenia, Czech Republic)
Directed by Ema Kugler
Produced by Zavod ZANK
Coproduced by NuFrame, MB Grip, Zvokarna, VPK Studios, Big Herat Studio
Supported by the Slovenian Film Centre, Viba Film

Vesna Award for Special Achivements: Pumpkin on the Hot Roof of the World / Bruča na vroči strehi sveta (Slovenia)
Directed by Nejc Saje, Jeffrey Young
Produced by Strup
Coproduced by Pigeon Point, RTV Slovenija
Supported by the Slovenian Film Centre

Vesna Award for Special Achivements (directing and script): Good Day’s Work (Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia)
Directed by Martin Turk
Produced by Obala Art Center (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Coproduced by Teferruat Film (Turkey), TRT (Turkey), Belafilm (Slovenia)
Supported by the Slovenian Film Centre

Vesna Audience Award: Stories from the Chestnut Woods

IRIDIUM Award (for the winner of the Vesna Award for Best Feature Film and it comprises postproduction services in the amount of 5,000 EUR): Stories from the Chestnut Woods (Slovenia, Germany)

Slovenian Art Cinema Association Award: God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija (Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia, Croatia, France)

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