French-Israeli film wins Serbian festival

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Lost Paradise, a 10-minute long feature, directed by Mihal Brezis and Oded Binnum, is a modern day interpretation of the classic Adam and Eve theme.

Belgrade – The French-Israeli short film Lost Paradise won the top prize at a film festival hosted by Serbian director Emir Kusturica in Drvengrad, western Serbia, organisers said Wednesday.

The 10-minute long feature, directed by Mihal Brezis and Oded Binnum, is a modern day interpretation of the classic Adam and Eve theme.

It was awarded the Golden Egg prize by an international jury chaired by French-Iranian comic book author and director Marjane Satrapi, who judged 28 short films entries.

The second prize, the Silver Egg, went to Baba, by Czech director Zuzana Kirchnerova-Spidlova. Her film won accolades at last year’s Cannes film festival for its touching treatment of the farewell between a young woman and her dying grandmother.

The Bronze Egg was awarded to Lithuanian film Lernavan, directed by the Armenian director Marat Sargsyan who also won the film critics' award.

This year marked the third time Kusturica organised his Kuestendorf International Film and Music Festival in the mountain village of Drvengrad, built in 2004 as a set for Kusturica's film Life Is A Miracle.

Among the guests this year were Hollywood star Johnny Depp and Russian director Pavel Lungin.

The festival is aimed at providing film students with an alternative perspective on the Hollywood-dominated industry.

Bosnian-born Kusturica has won two Golden Palm awards at the Cannes film festival for Underground (1995) and When Father Was Away on Business (1985).

Kusturica recently announced he would make a film about Mexico's 19th-century bandit-turned-revolutionary Pancho Villa, to be played by Depp.

AFP / Expatica

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