Last night, in the New Creative Quarter in Novi Sad, which consists of Chinatown and Limanski park, the 9th Cinema City International Film Festival, which took place from June 25 to July 2, closed. The number of visitors exceeded 35,000 people. During the eight festival days, over 60 films divided in five selections have been presented at five different open-air and indoor locations. The films which excited the greatest attention of the audience are: One Week and a Day, Burn Burn Burn, Aloys, California, Zhaleika, B-movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin, Janis: Little Girl Blue, domestic films Train Driver’s Diary, Humidity, Depth Two, Incarnation, Open Wound and A Good Wife, and excellent short films that competed in the Up to 10,000 Bucks section.
The festival days were also marked by the brilliant interviews with film authors and Cinema City selectors. The Ninth Cinema City will be remembered for its excellent and highly-visited supplementary cultural program Cinema City Parallels, within which the festival visitors had an opportunity to see the exhibition “Differences”, staged by the students and professors of the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, and the exhibition “Total Recover”, which was presented as part of the multimedia festival RE/8 DESIGN PARK. The major highlights of the music program at this year’s festival were the fantastic opening concert by a Croatian group Jinx, and the unforgettable performance by Rambo Amadeus on the closing night of the festival, as well as the excellent daily DJ performances and parties in the Firchie Think Tank Studio.
The festival days went by surrounded by a fabulous atmosphere, created as a result of our fantastic selection of films and music. The marvelous festival venues in Chinatown and Limanski park also immensely contributed to the positive mood, but it was the large festival audience above everything else – the true lovers of the high-quality cinematic and music expression, who gave the greatest and most important contribution to the good spirit of the festival.
The last festival night was marked by the packed-to-the-brim national premiere of Train Driver’s Diary, which closed the 9th Cinema City Festival. Just a few days after the world premiere at the Moscow Film Festival where this film won the prestigious Audience Award, Train Driver’s Diary was presented to the local audience on the closing night of the 9th Cinema City International Film Festival, on Saturday, July 2 in the New Creative Quarter in Novi Sad.
The premiere was preceded by the Closing and Award Ceremonies. “First of all, I want to thank all of you who gathered in such large numbers and delivered such a wonderful response, for giving us inspiration to keep this festival running with enthusiasm and love. I would also like to thank the film authors and our guests for their undivided support and trust,” Festival Director Milan Stojanović said at the Ceremony.
A special recognition, Award for Outstanding Contribution to the National Cinema, went to Lazar Ristovski. “It is with great pleasure that I have the honor, on behalf of the Cinema City Festival, of welcoming tonight an actor who made us laugh and made us cry so many times, an artist whom we particularly praise for his appearances in foreign movies, and director who represented our nation at the biggest film festivals in the world”, said Milan Stojanović, as he was inviting Lazar Ristovski on stage to accept the award.
The Youth Jury, a group of young and talented high school students from Novi Sad including Branislav Aleksić, Aleksandra Reves, Sofija Damnjanović, Milana Vujin, Danijela Matović, David Drvar, Jovana Tešić, Marija Stojanović, Stefan Sabo, Jovana Kalamković, Petar Đuric, Katarina Cimbaljević, Vuk Maletin, Katarina Rubežić and Dora Balog, awarded the prize for the best film to Native Immigration by a Scottish director Eric Romero.
The Audience Award winner, decided by voting after the film screenings, is the film Burn Burn Burn, by the talented British director Chanya Button.
The unforgettable festival days are behind us!
We’ll be rounding up in Chinatown in 2017!