23/01/2014

The Authorities Close 2014 Küstendorf

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The Seventh Küstendorf International Film and Music Festival closed this evening with the award-giving ceremony. During six days of film, music and utopia, film was once again larger than life. The ceremony started with this keynote speech:

The Competition Programme has presented films made by young people for whom we believe that they will make it possible for film to be larger than life in the future…

Diplomas were handed in to young directors. This ceremony was followed by a performance by the Svetozar Marković Folk Ensemble from Kragujevac. They performed traditional dances from Glamoč and Šumadija.

Members of both juries were then invited to reveal the names of the award winners. It was Goran Volarević, the president of the jury for the Vilko Filač Award who broke the ice on behalf of his jury.

Thank you for your nice movies which we really enjoyed over the past four days. It was not an easy task to decide to whom the Vilko Filač Award should go but Janusz Kaminski and I agreed that there is one movie that stands out in using the visual aspects in telling the story: that movie is Arena, and the director of photography is Bartosz Swiniarski.

French actress Bérénice Bejo, the president of the jury comprising also scriptwriters Guillermo Arriaga and Srdjan Koljević, then revealed the names of winners of main awards. Explaining the decisions by the jury, Bejo stressed that the general impression by the three members of the jury was diversity of signatures and expressions of authors in making short films. She said that jury members concluded, having carefully reviewed all films, that the auteur film in general had a bright future. The jury decided to award the following filmmakers:

The Bronze Egg Award went to Luka Popadić, for Baits & Hooks.

The Silver Egg Award went to Julia Kolberger for The Easter Crumble.

The Golden Egg Award went to Andrej Kolenčik and Peter Beganyi for The Exhibition.

The winner of the main award, Andrej Kolenčik, thanked the jury for the award on his behalf and on behalf of his co-director Peter Beganyi.

Emir Kusturica then, in a short speech, summed up the festival, noting that this year’s Küstendorf linked the past, the present and the future of film through its three programmes. After this, he invited the Serbian minister of culture, Ivan Tasovac, to officially close the festival.

Having come at the Küstendorf festival this way, I decided to change the old habits and unwritten rules prompting the people from the Government to open festivals in a ceremonial, pompous and self-serving manner. I think that it is closer to the true nature of authorities to close festivals. So, that’s it. You may now consider yourself closed.
However… Now that the majority of cinema theatres in Serbian cities are closed, it may well became our habit to start watching films in the nature, just as we used to gather in forests during the Ottoman times, below ancient oak trees, to pray to God — as there was a shortage of churches. Well, we all know where these prayers took us and what they made us do.  We should also know, I suppose, where quality movies in such a number and under such a concentration of ozone, might take us and what it may make us do.
So the festival is closed, shut, so to speak, and the only thing which the authorities can tell you now, after these orgies of talent and creativity are over, is that you must now disperse in peace, two by two.
That’s it, folks! It’s all over now.

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