0710 GMT December 14, 2019
The flick has received several accolades including Best Screenplay Award at the 28th Stockholm Film Festival in Sweden, film director Jalilvand and its star Navid Mohammadzadeh won the Orizzonti Award for Best Director and Best Actor at the Venice International Film Festival in Italy.
The flick is about a forensic pathologist Nariman, who has an accident with a motorcyclist, and injures his eight-year-old son. He offers to pay compensation to the man and to take the child to a clinic nearby. The next morning, he finds out that the same little boy has been brought in for an autopsy. Nariman faces a dilemma now: Is he responsible for the child's death due to the accident or he died of food poisoning according to other doctors' diagnosis?
Belgrade Victor for Best film in the Main Competition Program was awarded to the director Milad Alami for his film 'The Charmer' ('Charmøren') that the Main Competition Jury described as the "film which has harmonized all aspects of film aesthetics, thanks to the convincing story and complex main character".
Alami received the award in person and said that he was thankful for the recognition which meant a great deal to him as it served as the impetus for further work, given that it was his first film.
Ingeborg Topsøe and Milad Alami also won Best Screenplay Award for the same film because according to the Jury "it is characterized by convincing situations, unexpected twists and precise expression of the principal protagonist’s psyche".
After they were presented with the award, Topsøe mentioned that the film was also her first, which made the prize all the more significant.
The first edition of the festival, under the slogan 'A Brave New World', opened on January 9, 1971 in Dom Sindikata. Envisioned as the annual review of the best films of the season, the Belgrade International Film Festival — FEST — evolved to become one of the most important festivals on the continent and a pillar event of Belgrade's cultural life and an indispensable element in the coming of age of many generations of film fans.
The 46th Belgrade International Film Festival was held from February 23 to March 4.