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“Budapest Backwards” wins the first prize of Balkans Beyond Borders Film Festival

Monday, September 24, 2012
Belgian short fiction movie “Budapest Backwards” won the first prize of jury in the final night of Balkans Beyond Borders Film festival, organized this year from Balkans Beyond Borders in Tirana, in cooperation with Tirana Art Lab, Centre for Contemporary Art.
In the awards ceremony the organizers announced as well the public prize won by the Albanian short fiction “Beyond the river” directed by Sabir Kanaqi. Taking in consideration the good quality of this years movies presented in the festival the Jury gave Special Mentions to three other movies:
“A day of clear weather” a fiction documentary directed by Odeta Cunaj and Alketa Ramaj from Albania, “RF” a fiction movie directed by Stavros Liokalos from Greece and “Scrap Materials” a documentary directed by Stefan Ivancic from Serbia.
Budapest Backward it is a movie about two lovers that look back to where their relationship took off, and where it started going wrong. An improvised modern tale set in Budapest, which makes you think about the factors that play a role in a multicultural relationship between a Croatian boy and Hungarian girl. The Jury composed from Joni Shanaj (film director, Albania), Yorgos Zoes (film director, Greece) and Idro Seferi (journalist and writer, Kosovo) decided for Budapest Backwards and gave this statement for the winning movie:
“This movie stands out from the rest and was closer to the topic of this years festival about multilingualism and comunication. The story is masterly told and the acting is outstanding. Both actors are absolutely genuine and the directing is superb. The story is told in a simple humanistic and strong way and relates most of Balkans people feelings about separation. Most of us coming from the Balkans really do understand this film dealing with love and separation, or non separation. It is very difficult in cinema to genuinely tell a love story. Not many filmmakers succeed in achieving this.”, jury stated.
Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival is an event that travels each year to a different city in the Balkans and is dedicated to encouraging young film makers to express themselves on issues relevant to their region and lives, building bridges between the peoples of the Balkans.
After Belgrade and Athens, this years Balkans Beyond Borders film festival was held in Tirana for its 3rd edition.
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