Croatian Film Wins Three Awards at Locarno Festival

By 14 August 2022
Croatian Film Wins Three Awards at Locarno Festival
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ZAGREB, 13 August, 2022 - Croatian director Juraj Lerotić's debut "Safe Place" has won three awards at this year's Locarno Film Festival, for best director, best actor, and best first feature film, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC) said on Saturday.

The film is about a sudden suicide attempt which opens a gap in the everyday life of a family of three whose lives change fundamentally, as if they have been pulled into a war invisible to everyone else, HAVC said.

The plot is limited to a short period of time and boils down to the most important thing, to save a loved one, HAVC said, adding that the film was based on the personal experience of the director, who also plays the leading role.

"Safe Place" was produced by the Pipser company and made in cooperation with Slovenian production company December. It was financially supported by HAVC, the Croatian HRT public broadcaster, and the Slovenian Film Centre,

The film has also won the Eurimages Development Award as part of the Sarajevo Film Festival's CineLink Co-production Market.