The Authorities Close 2014 Küstendorf
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:
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.
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.