A Bosnian wartime drama that tells the bitter tale of a UN translator helplessly watching one of postwar Europe’s worst atrocities won top prize and other top honors at the European Film Awards.
In addition to the award for best film on December 11, Quo Vadis, Aida? won Sarajevo-born Jasmila Zbanic the Best Director Award and Jasna Djuricic the Best Actress honors at a virtual ceremony in Berlin.
The film portrays the frustration of a United Nations translator in the town of Srebrenica before the Bosnian Serb forces massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in July 1995.
Zbanic dedicated the film to the mothers and other women of Srebrenica, as well as the thousands of friends and family they have lost.
âWomen must always clean up the chaos that men leave behind,â Zbanic said.
Zbanic won a Golden Bear in Berlin in 2006 for his feature film Grbavica, about the life of a single mother in post-war Sarajevo.
Djuricic praised Quo Vadis, Aida’s message of “reconciliation”? as the public is less and less aware of “the biggest wound in the Balkans”, especially among young people.
The European Film Awards are among the most prestigious awards in the film industry, the result of the votes of over 4,000 academy members.
The other four nominees for best feature film were The Father, a Franco-British co-production about a man suffering from dementia, the Franco-Belgian horror-fantasy film Titane, the melancholy multinational production Compartiment No 6 and the Italian drama La Main . Of God.