KUSTENDORF INTERNATIONAL FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL 2013 IS FINISHED
The closing ceremony of the Kustendorf International Film and Music Festival 2013 began with a performance by the Kopaonik Cultural and Artistic Society from Leposavic, whose stage performance, folk costumes, and combination of song and dance thrilled the audience that greeted them with a big applause. As a special surprise of the night of the Kustendorf closing ceremony, Russian artist and director Boris Kazakov’s short animated movie, Koly (Stakes), was screened. The animation in the movie was done using nails and 35 mm tape, making this the only movie created with old technology.
The official part of the programme began with the presentation of specially designed diplomas that, as a memento from their time at Kustendorf, were given to all the student participants in the Competition Programme. The host of the evening, Dunja Kusturica, invited the founder of the festival, Emir Kusturica to award the diplomas to the students. While the students got on stage taking pictures and greeting Kusturica, the atmosphere in the audience was warming up.
The jury members then took the stage – Israeli author and actress Alona Kimhi (the president of the jury), Serbian media and film theorist and TV director Oleg Jeknić, and American producer, production director and assistant director Michael Hausman, who wore Serbian national dress for the occasion – as well as the jury for Vilko Filač Award for Best Cinematography – famed Czech cinematographer Martin Šec and noted Serbian editor and sound engineer, Svetolik Mića Zajc.
Svetolik Mića Zajc spoke to the audience on behalf on the Vilko Filac Award for Best Cinematography, explaining that this award is proudly named Vilko Filac in honor of Emir Kusturica’s long time collaborator and that it is a great responsibility and honor to be in the jury, adding:
- The most visible part of the film is cinematography. Storytelling by picture is a base of film that can improve and enforce emotions and support general idea. Cinematographer can use light, camera movement and framing to express his own interpretation and help director to achieve his goal.
Among the movies in the Competition Programme, the most prominent work was done by Carlos Correa in the Mexican movie Don Sabas, who is the recipient of the Vilko Filac Award for Best Cinematography for 2013.
President of the jury, famed Israeli actress and author Alona Kimhi, was then greeted with a thunderous applause and delivered the justifications for the winning films before announcing the winners explaining:
- It is being said that in filmmaking many mistakes are made, however, the audience would know in the dark theater weather it has found the gems among the stones. We have been paying attention to three major values: authenticity, originality and creativity. The movies we have chosen best met these goals as well as high technical level, the personal style of the filmmaker and the maturity of their stories. The films we have chosen are solidly structured, emotionally rich and well produced.
Third Place of Kustendorf 2013 – The Bronze Egg went to Israeli director Yaniv Linton’s Tateh.
Second Place, the Silver Egg was given to the Danish movie Barvalo directed by Rasmus Kloster Bro.
The winner of the festival in a competition for 28 movies is the Swiss film Stammering Love, by Jan Czarlewski.
The winner of the festival Jan Czarlewski∫, thanked the jury, organizers of the festival, and people, not hiding his excitement adding that this was an incredible weekend and that he is speechless.
The Kustendorf International Film and Music Festival 2013 was closed by its founder, Emir Kusturica, who said that he hopes that everyone will fight for compromise between auteur and commercial film again at the same time next time.
The festival awards – the Golden, Silver, and Bronze eggs – were done by painter Bisenije Terschenko, while the Vilko Filac Award and the diplomas were done by Radenka Jungic and Radinost R from Banja Luka. The Kustendorf 2013 closing ceremony was directed by the young theatre director, Milan Nesković.