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Jury Awards of the 5th High Coast International Film Festival

The Jury of the 5th High Coast International Film Festival, consisting of Bo R. Holmberg and Aron Sekelj, has decided to give awards to the following films:

GRAND PRIX – BICENTENARIO by Pablo Álvarez Mesa

Jury motivation: The Grand Prix of the festival goes to the film “Bicentenario” by Pablo Álvarez Mesa, which, through a unique combination of different narrative and visual elements – historical, spatial, anthropological and even supernatural, creates a fascinatingly complex, entrancing and poignant filmic journey deep into the essence of a nation tormented by its violent past. By subverting ingrained national myths through a ritualistic invocation of Simon Bolivar’ spirit, the film sets out to break and overcome old curses, tragedies and political atrocities, leaving the space open for a possibly more hopeful future.

BEST SWEDISH FILM – THE FATHER, THE TAXI AND THE NIGHT  by Parisa Rezai Lindorm

Jury motivation: To pictures of streets at night the narrator tells us about her father, the taxi driver, and in limited space makes a touching, genuine portrait of him.

SPECIAL MENTION – HOW I BEAT GLUE AND BRONZE by Vladimir Vulević

Jury motivation: A Special Mention of the Jury is awarded to the film “How I Beat Glue and Bronze” by Vladimir Vulević, which succeeds in creating a both witty and bleak, visually scrupulous, stylistically and narratively well-balanced story of the main protagonist Mihajlo, whose life in a derelict town is told with deep compassion and a great sense for all those left behind.

We warmly thank our Jury and all film makers for sharing their unique and daring films with us and for being part of our program this year!

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