25/08/2018 Mediterranean film festival
19 MFF Grand Prix 'The Other Side of Everything'
Grand Prix for the best feature documentary at the 19th Mediterranean Film Festival went to the film ‘'The Other Side of Everything' directed by Mila Turajlić. The director brings the chronicle of a family in Serbia that turns into a searing portrait of an activist in times of great turmoil, questioning the responsibility of each generation to fight for their future. As the filmmaker begins an intimate conversation with her mother, the political fault line running through their home reveals a house and a country haunted by history. 

“A multilayered story that subjectively and objectively talks about the past, the present and the future of a country through the strong main character, the author’s mother” explained the jury from feature documentary category composed of Ines Tanovi, Vanesa Fernandez Guerra and Nevio Marasović. 

The best short documentary is the film ‘Tauromachy’, directed by Jaime Alekos. Filmed in Spain over the course of three years, it shows the consequences for the animals that step into the arena, empathising with them through their facial expressions, body language and reactions. 

The jury for the short documentary competition composed of Simon Panay, Mirko Pivčević and Dragan Komadina said: For its strong and emotional message about cruelty of the human nature, the main award is attributed to the documentary short film "Tauromaquia" directed by Jaime Alekos. 

In feature documentary competition the jury also awarded two special mentions. The film ‘The Call’ directed by Enrico Maisto is “an excellent voyeuristic insight into human psychology and boundaries of morality in the moment when main protagonists were put in an unenviable position against their will”. Special mention also went to the film ‘Upon the Shadow’, directed by Nada Mezni Hafaiedh, because this is, as the jury quotes, “a strong, touching and filmic insight into the daily life and the problems that the LGBT subculture is facing in their Muslim country”. 

Two special mentions were also awarded in short competition. 

For his simple and powerful concept, his anthropological approach of the people reacting over a terrorist attack, sometimes curious, sometimes shameless, sometimes feelingless, the first special mention is attributed to "La Rambla That Night" by Isaac Folgarolas and Tànit Fernández. 

For its pictorial beauty, the special atmosphere created, the strong artistic intentions and the original choice not to avoid by the editing process the presence of the filmmaking crew on the set, the second special mention is attributed to "Because Of Salt" by Cardozo Basteiro. The third prize, i.e. the prize awarded by the audience goes to the documentary ‘First Stratum’, directed by Ventura Durall from Spain, which had the largest number of the votes from the audience. 

With this unique project of the festival created in cooperation with the general sponsor HT Eronet, the festival visitors did online voting through a mobile application and chose their favourite film. The most fortunate critic that was selected by random selection got a present from HT Eronet, a mobile phone Sony Xperia XZ2, in cooperation with Comtrade.

Twenty films were screened in the competition programme of the 19th Mediterranean Film Festival that was held in Široki Brijeg from August 22 to 25. In total, 42 films were screened in different programmes and the MFF workshop was held, which produced the short film ‘My Condolences’. 

General sponsor of the Mediterranean Film Festival is HT Eronet, and the festival was supported by the US Embassy in BiH and the Office of the European Union Special Representative in BiH. 

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