Awards in seven categories have been presented on the last night of 12th Merlinka film festival in Belgrade. The categories are: Best short film, Best Documentary, Best Feature Film, Best Animated Film, Audience award, ERA Awards for best feature and documentary films and Special Festival Award.
SHORT FILM JURY MEMBERS: Milorad Miki Damjanovic (Actor), Milica Maletin (Director), Stefan Mihajlovski (Writer)
Two Little Boys
Best short film: Fabiu
Director: Stefan Langthaler
80-year-old retiree Arthur lives in a modest home in Vienna. For quite some time he has lovingly been caring for his seriously ill wife Martha, with only female nurses assisting him. When the new male Hungarian care worker Fabiu enters the picture, his routine is broken. But soon the two men become closer and inside Arthur feelings of desire and suppressed longing start to rise.
DOCUMENTARY FILM JURY MEMBERS: Jorge Pelicano (Director), Goran Mitrović (Editor)
Sex, sin & 69
Best documentary: Maria Luiza
Director: Marcelo Diaz
Maria Luiza is the first transgender in Brazilian Armed Forces. After 22 years of work, she was retired due to disability. The movie investigates the motivations for her being prohibited to wear the feminine uniform and her trajectory into affirmation as a transgender, military and Catholic woman.
BEST FEATURE FILM 2020
Music for Bleeding Hearts
Summer of 85
Schwarz Weiss Bunt
No Hard Feelings
Are We Lost Forever
BEST FEATURE FILM: Summer of 85
Director: François Ozon
Cast: Félix Lefebvre, Benjamin Voisin, Philippine Velge
What do you dream of when you’re 16 years old and in a seaside resort in Normandy in the 1980s? A best friend? A lifelong teen pact? Scooting off on adventures on a boat or a motorbike? Living life at breakneck speed? No. You dream of death. Because you can’t get a bigger kick than dying. And that’s why you save it till the very end. The summer holidays are just beginning, and this story recounts how Alexis grew into himself.
ANIMATED FILM JURY: Dragan Jovićević (Screenwriter), Mirela Srebrić (Director and animator), Kristian Ranđelović (Activist)
In The Deep
Lost in LA
Sasa and Petre
BEST ANIMATED FILM: Carrousel
Director: Jasmine Elsen
Rose grows up with her snails in the park. Their park.
One day she is attacked by intruders.
Or is it the other way around? A film about dehumanization.
In the Closet
SPECIAL AWARD: Prom Night
Director: Gvozden Ilić
Three best friends ditch their high school prom dance. The night that follows unravels their hidden and suppressed desires which cast a glimpse of the emotional bewilderment of a whole generation.
ERA AWARDS JURY: Antonij Karadzoski, Stefan Šparavalo, Arber Kodra, Lendi Mustafa, Laura Mandić
Nominated for the best film:
I’m Not Gay
In the Closet
ERA AWARD FOR THE BEST FILM: Snake
Director: Andrey Volkashin
North Macedonia, 2020
A bitter-sweet story about an unusual friendship between a nine-year-old daredevil Mario and an eccentric gay man Borche, challenged by the prejudices and hatred of the parents in a remote Macedonian small town.
Nominated for the best documentary:
I wish I had it at home
Let there be colour
Scenes I Imagine
ERA AWARD FOR THE BEST DOCUMENTARY: Let there be colours
Director: Ado Hasanovic
Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2020
On September, 8 2019 Sarajevo hosts its first Pride March. Are people ready for this event?
AUDIENCE AWARD: I’m not gay
Director: Martin Chichovski
North Macedonia, 2020
A comedic short film about two guys refusing to confess their sexual attraction towards each other.