‘Safe Place’ director Juraj Lerotic also won Best Actor in Sarajevo, with Vicky Cripps winning Best Actress for her performance in ‘Corsage’.
Croatian writer-director-star Juraj Lerotic
Safe Place, Croatian writer-director-star Juraj Lerotic’s feature debut was a big winner at the 2022 Sarajevo Film Festival, winning the Heart of Sarajevo Award for Best Feature Film as well as the Best Acting honor for Lerotic. At the 28th Sarajevo Festival A critical favorite, Safe Place is a devastating, and autobiographical, family drama that stars Lerotic as a man trying to save his younger, depressed brother from committing suicide.
Lerotic told The Hollywood Reporter
It’s hard to do a film about the loss of someone close to you, but I processed it as much as possible before shooting.” Horrors are also possible. Until that incident, I had no idea that things could get so, so radically out of control… I wrote it in reverse. If something beautiful happened to me, I’d have the same reflex .
Best First Feature Award
Safe Place premiered at the 75th Locarno Film Festival, where it won three awards, including Best Emerging Director, Best Actor Award for Goran Markovic playing the younger brother, and Best First Feature Award. Best Direction at the 2022 Sarajevo Festival The honor went to Ukrainian filmmaker Maryna Er Gorbach for her brutal war drama Klondike. The Ukrainian-Turkish co-production tells the story of a Ukrainian family living in the Donbass region on the Russian-Ukraine border during the start of the war. Aer Gorbach won the Best Director award for Klondike in the World Cinema Dramatic section at Sundance earlier this year.
28th Sarajevo Film Festival
Vicky Cripps won Sarajevo’s Best Actress award for her performance as Queen Elizabeth of Austria in Corsage, the same role that won the Luxembourg Star Best Actress at the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes this year. 28th Sarajevo Film Festival, this year The region’s premier film festival and one of the top film events in South-Eastern Europe ended on Friday night.