Check out the Films by Hana Jušić and Kristina Kumrić, Valladolid Award Winners, at the 14th ZFF!

Two films in the 14th ZFF competition, Quit Staring at My Plate by Hana Jušić and Half a Man by Kristina Kumrić, have won awards at the 61st edition of the Valladolid International Film Festival (Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid – Seminci) in Spain.

Quit Staring at My Plate by Hana Jušić won the Best Feature Film Award in the Meeting Point competition section. The Valladolid award came right after the FEDEORA Award in Venice and the Special Mention in Warsaw, and the jury explanation said: “Quit Staring at My Plate is a brave and courageous film that never takes the easy narrative road, but rather leans on a firm hand and stable pace to reveal the unpleasant truth about its characters.”

The Croatian audience will have a chance to see the local premiere of Quit Staring at My Plate in 15 November at the 14th ZFF, after which the film will be released across the country.

The Best Short Film Award in Valladolid went to the fiction film Half a Man by Kristina Kumrić, a result of a collaboration between the Croatian Audiovisual Centre and the Ministry of Veterans and their joint open call A Picture from the Homeland War.

Half a Man is based on a short story Return by Maja Hrgović and her personal experiences: in autumn 1991, in Dalmatian hinterland, two girls are expecting the return of their father, who spent the last few months imprisoned in a war camp. Half a Man had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Croatian premiere is scheduled for 16 November, at the 14th ZFF, in the Checkers section.