Romanian-Serbian production wins best feature award at Zagreb Film Festival

2019-11-19 12:27:24

Ivana cea Groaznică (Ivana the Terrible), a Romanian-Serbian co-production directed by Ivana Mladenovic, has won the the Golden Pram for Best Feature Film at this year’s Zagreb Film Festival.

The jury for the best feature film competition included director Dana Budisavljevic, director Elmir Jukic and director Ágnes Kocsis.

“The award goes to the film portrait of a generation which, by the looks of it, is stuck in eternal puberty. Too smart to continue the lives of their parents, but too weak to build a new world. The movie finds the way of captivating the audience with the charm, spontaneity and self irony of the main actress and director. It is also a film that plays and moves the boundaries of documentary and fiction“, the jury explained.

The film is Mladenović’s second feature. Earlier this year, it won the special Jury Prize Ciné+ in the Cineasti del Presente section of the Locarno International Film Festival.

It is described as “a comedy about a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown in which the director Ivana Mladenović plays the role of herself. This bittersweet fictional autobiography traces the intimate neuroses of an individual, family and the wider community. The film was inspired by real-life events and features appearances by the director’s friends and family.”

The cast also includes Luka Gramić; Gordana Mladenović and Miodrag Mladenović, the parents of Ivana Mladenović, her brother Kosta Mladenović, grandmother Zivka Sorejević; Andrei Dinescu; and late artist Anca Pop.

Adrian Schiop is a co-author to the script, together with Mladenović.

The film will open in local cinemas on March 13, 2020.



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