Milos Ignjatovic, director of Cinema City, greeted the audience and the guests, expressing his particular pleasure due to a very important infrastructural improvement in Novi Sad – the town festival finally has professional cinema locations which, when compared to last year, make a significant change for the better.
In a fully packed hall, organizers introduced this year’s juries for Exit Point, National Class and Up to 10.000 bucks selections and presented two important awards. The legendary Serbian actor, Bata Zivojinovic received an award honoring his cinematic contribution through the years. His charm and charisma, mixed with funny remarks, brought a smile to every face in the audience. He may have been the most quiet guest on stage, but he received the loudest ovations and applause, which proved he remained audience’s favorite actor.
Our notable director, Srdjan Karanovic, presented the Ibis award for continued contribution to European film to the Polish director and novelist Dorota Kędzierzawska. With true emotions in her voice, this famous director first addressed the audience with a few chosen sentences in Serbian, which was greeted by a tumultuous applause. Then she continued in melodious tones of Polish language and right after that, the audience had a chance to enjoy her latest multiple-winner film “Tomorrow Will Be Better”, which officially opened Cinema City 2011.