The Grand Prix of the 8th Bosifest went to the French documentary film, entitled "Arise and Walk" by Matthieu Firmin, the award for the best director went to "Daniel" by Anastazja Dabrowska (Poland) and for the best-case scenario to "Listen to the Silence" by Mariam Chachia (Georgia). Special recognitions were given to films "In another world" by Anna Bedynska (Poland), "Two worlds" by Maciej Adamek (Poland) and "My hero brother" by Yonatan Nir and Enosh Cassel (Israel).
At the closing of the Festival, on October 12 at the Sava Center's "Amphitheatre", the awards were given by the president of the jury, Anica Dobra and the member of the jury, Radoslav Zelenović.
The winner of Grand Prix, Matthieu Firmin, who is showing his battle with paraplegia through this film, said that he was very happy to receive this award, primarily because of the opportunity to show this film outside of France. He thanked Bosifest for shedding a positive light on the problems that people with disabilities are facing.
"Deep down inside, all of us have the strenght to fight. It is important to know that. I was a pesimist, and if I was able to find that strength, then everyone can do it. Nevertheless, I wouldn't be here without the help of my friends and public health care. Therefore, we all should defend our public health care system", said Firmin.
Director Anastazja Dabrowska, along with giving thanks to the organizers of Bosifest, emphasized the value of this Festival because of its focus on the people with disabilities. The award for the best-case scenario was received by the assistant to the author, Mariam Chachia.
The receiver of the special recognition, Anna Bedynska pointed out that this recognition means a lot to her, as this was her first time to be competing in a festival, and she thanked both the Bosifest and the heroine Kasia, who let her into her world. The other two special recognitions were to be given later on.
Anica Dobra stressed that her desire was for all participants to receive awards."Thank you for the inspiration, for the strength. It is incredible that a festival, like this one, exists in our city. That is one of good reasons why we must remain here", said Anica while addressing a large number of young people in the audience.
Radoslav Zelenović stated that this was his second time to be on the jury of Bosifest and that he has become a serious fan of these kind of films, especially since he had the oppourtunity to meet both the authors and actors of the films. "These films don't need a translation. No matter which part of the world it comes from, it is absolutely clear what the problems of that person are and how they are dealing with them. I think that we shouldn't be giving out awards at Bosifest, because all the authors and the actors of these films are winners", pointed out Zelenović.
Director of the Bosifest, Darko Ivić was very pleased to see a large number of highschool and university students who were following the Festival, saying that the films they had seen will make a huge impact on their way of thinking, both now and when they become politicians, journalists, doctors, artists...
"It is important to be humane in our relationships, to empathize not only with people with disabilities, but with every single person. That is the aim of our Festival", said Darko.
Ivić thanked all the professors, school and university parliaments for their organized visit, as well as the members of the jury for their support, the hotels who hosted foreign authors and a large group of volunteers.
For their contribution in the realization of the 8th Bosifest, volunteers received diplomas from the Hendi Center Koloseum. The Letters of commendation were given to hotels Constantine, Evropa, In hotel and Hotel Park.
Enclosed - explanation given by jury members, Anica Dobra, Radoslav Zelenović and Predrag Antonijević, which was read at the Award ceremony by Anica Dobra:
"Arise and Walk" - This is in many ways a unique documentary. Matthieu Firmin, Spicee's editor-in-chief, speaks of his struggle with paraplegia. One day, after a stroke, he woke up as a paraplegic, as a handicapped man. The camera noted all the pain of overcoming the situation he found himself in and his struggle to deal with that situation. His battle, motivation and the support of people around him, are remarkable. Throughout the year, he will be keeping a video diary from the very first day until the moment he is able to walk again.
"Deniel" - Daniel and his friends are spending their holiday in a camp. They are at that age when topics about girls are unavoidable. They are asking some serious questions, "What do you get out of being close with someone?“ and "What is the right way to experess love?" They talk about problems that every person encounters at some poin in their life.
"Listen to the Silence" - Having dreams is a natural and easy thing for each one of us, but following that dream when no one else believes in it, is a destiny only for the commited ones. This feature-length film speaks of a boy, Luka, who is deaf, but has a dream of apprearing on a stage one day and dancing. He believes that in such a way he will be able to take his place in the world around him. This story, told in an incredible film language, is about one boy's dream and his desire to be heard.
"In Another World" - An exciting documentary about a happily married woman, a mother of two children who finds out she is pregnant and carries a child with Down syndrome. The author, as the tradition of best documentaries goes, follows all dilemmas and her personal struggle concerning whether to give birth to the child or to abort the baby. She is aware that neither solution is acceptable. Over six months, the author records with the camera all her mental states and emotions.
"Two worlds" - In this inspiring family portrait, Laura, a twelve-year-old girl, is our guide through her life, but also through the lives of her deaf parents. The film records a series of unusual situations, as well as some ordinary things that are a part of their everyday lives.
"My hero brother" - This unusual documentary speaks of great capacities of people with disabilities. It talks about an unusual, and what seemed to be an incredible undertaking, by a group of young people with Down syndrome on a demanding journey through the Indian Himalayas. In this unusual venture, they receive help from their brothers and sisters.
During the 8th Bosifest, from October 10-12, the audience was able to see 18 films chosen by the selector Gorana Radovanović, 10 in the competitive and 8 in the non-competitive part of the program. All films had their premieres in Serbia at this time, and on the first day of the Festival, there was a World Preview of the Israeli documentary "My hero brother".
This year, Festival's accompanying program was a conference "Start a change", held on the second and third day of the Festival, before the film screenings (12a.m. - 3.30p.m.). Participants of this conference were experts, who held interactive lectures on following topics:
BOSIFEST 2019. This year's tenth festival will take place at the Yugoslav Film Archive Belgrade from 21st - 23rd of October. We are going to present 9 films in the competitive and 7 in the non-competitive part of the program, chosen by the selector Igor Toholj. As this year marks our jubillee, 10 years of BOSIFEST, we will be reflecting on past years, through the accompanying program during the Festival.
Director: Elad Cohen, Iris Ben Moshe
When El-Ad was a child, his mother told him: “Raising you is like raising three kids.” Ever since that moment, he felt guilty for being deaf, and tried extra hard to be like everyone else.
Director: György Dobray
They live together independently, they fight, they reconcile, they desire, they dream of having a baby, but most importantly they love, above all. Like couples do, properly. The difference is only that society labels them as “mentally disabled”. Cili and Marci have Down’s syndrome. This is what the film would be about, their everyday life, their infinite love for life and for each other. A world that may be completely unfamiliar to us, a world of wholeness and happiness.
Director: Wojciech Klimala
The story of deaf Iwona is a modern Cinderella fairy tale. A life of a seemingly ordinary woman turns upside down when the Miss Deaf International crown lands on her head.
Director: George Gogua
Born in the small town of Chkhorotsku in Western Georgia, Gia (Jeme) Kikvadze has been visually impaired since birth. Nonetheless, despite his condition, he has always been active and in the 1990s even set up his own radio station which still functions today.
Director: Alessandro Stevanon
The world is a continuous formation of desires and possibilities. There are many obstacles between them, but Luca has found a way - in his own way - to overcome them.
Director: Stratis Chatzielenoudas
Leonidas, a 33-year old punk rock paraplegic and his friends plan to climb on the highest peak of Mount Olympus. For whom is it going to be more difficult?
Director: Nicky Maas
Noëll – Little Fire – Schulte, an 11-year-old boy with autism, isn’t the most easy going type and has a hard time connecting with people. When Noëll gets Gerrit, a though buddy with a motorcycle, appointed to him they head of on an adventure. On the motorbike Noëll is freed from the outside world that tells him how to be. A road trip full of dreamy and observing moments follows. Will they learn to trust each other and let their guard down?
Director: Fanny Bräuning
Just a "love story". "Only" film about connectivity, intricacies, reliability, trust.
Director: Laura De Miguel
The Lunzo Association is a non-profit organization of sociocultural intervention, whose purpose is to favor the interrelation of people with disabilities and without it.
Director: Pierre Verdez
Simon, a young tenor promised to an international career ends up paralyzed after an accident. With uncommon strength of character, Simon decides to pursue his singing career, even though he is now rooted to a wheelchair...
As volunteers at BOSIFEST in 2018. they would have told their friends that they must visit BOSIFEST this year. Through movies and workshops, we have gained new insights that have changed our minds towards people with disabilities, as well as more responsibility for our own lives.
Ada Protic, GENERAL MANAGER
As a representative of Belgrade Inn Garni Hotel, on behalf of the owner and all the employees, I can say that it is very important for companies of all kinds to consider providing support for cultural events and cultural organizations, especially when it comes to raising awareness and supporting people who need this kind of help the most, like people with disabilities.
Dragana Rajak, Banquet Sales Executive
Hotel Tulip Inn Putnik Belgrade is located in the center of New Belgrade, in a business center, just 100 meters from the bank of the Danube.
This Golden Tulip Hospitality Group hotel is a 10-minute drive from the old city center of Belgrade.
Ilija Smiljanić, –Sales Manager
Although young, Mark hotel is trying to support as many socially responsible manifestations, as well as those with a humanitarian character. Our vision is to become known for that, because the values of such programs are something that all of us should strive for in our private life, and aim to grow closer to. It is a fact that our public is dormant when it comes to the non-commercial festivals, but that's why we are here - to jointly do something about this situation, and show our general public the problems that people with disabilities are facing every day.
Invisible wave - an experimental tactile comic book
"Invisible Wave" is a doctoral art project authored by Dragana Kuprešanin, awarded in 2018 with the Prize for Accessible Artwork, at the "Inclusive Gallery" competition. This project is the first doctoral art project of the University of Arts which deals with the subject of inclusive comic books through the experiment of bringing together artistic and applied forms of media.
For the first time, the "Invisible Wave" makes the media of comic books available to the audience with disabilities (blind and visually impaired), who has never had access to such a media until now.
Dragana Kuprešanin (1982)
Graduated artist - specialist in painting (Faculty of Fine Arts, Belgrade, 2011) and graduated graphic designer (Faculty of Applied Arts, 2008), author of alternative comic book.
In their lifetime, people with disabilities often encounter obstacles within their own beings, which can be the most difficult problem for overcoming. Much bigger than all the physical and emotional obstacles created in their everyday environment.
The films I have chosen for the program of this year's jubilee of Bosifest, contain the strength of heroes, fighting for every day of life and shifting the boundaries of power. In this struggle, they often refine or simply make better people who are referred to daily by the nature of their illness.
This exchange of emotions leads to unexpected accomplishments for which we did not even know that we are capable of at the one hand, and the happiness in small, everyday pleasures that make life better, on the other.
In addition, the selection reflects the current world trends in the documentary film, both thematically, and aesthetically, thoughtfully and affirmatively, with the author's great love for his heroes.
Igor M. Toholj was born in 1968. in Belgrade. He is editor of the film program DKSG. He is the author of twenty experimental and documentary films, which were screened and rewarded at festivals in the country and abroad.
He began his film career as a member of several of the most important cinema clubs of the former SFRJ-Cinema Club of the Youth Center of the City of Belgrade and the Academy Film Center since 1984.
Scenarist and director, born in 1975. in Belgrade.
Graduated in dramaturgy at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts. He wrote a screenplay for 16 award winning short feature films and animated films. Written and screenwriter for documentary films Dread and horror, Closing word and Valter; and television documentary series Football, football and some more ...
She was born in 1972. in Trebinje (father Branko and mother Milena) where she completed her primary and secondary medical school. After finishing secondary school she went to Belgrade, where in 1994. she graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in the class of professor Vladimir Jevtović. During her studies, she had small roles movies The Best and Three Tickets to Hollywood. After that she acted in several films, TV shows and theater performances.
Biljana Tutorov graduated in Archeology and History of Art at the Catholic University of Luwen (Belgium). In Paris, she studied an anthropological film at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes and acted on Ecole Internationale de Théatre Jacque Lecoq.