TRT Co-production Bosnia and Herzegovina movie “Quo Vadis, Aida?” directed by Jasmila Zbanic received 3 awards in different branches, by the European Film Academy Awards, known as Europe’s Oscars, as “Best Film”, “Best Director” and “Best Actress”.
The 34th European Film Awards ceremony organized by the European Film Academy was held online this year due to the new type of coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The TRT Co-Production “Quo Vadis, Aida?” directed by Jasmila Zbanic, which was awarded the ”Best Film” award”, was also the recipient of the “Best Director” and “Best Actress” awards at the ceremony. The award for ”Best Actor“ was received by Anthony Hopkins for his role ”The Father” in the film.
The Best of Europe, TRT Co-production “Quo Vadis, Aida?”
The award for the Best Film category in which the 5 best films of Europe competed this year was given to the TRT Co-Production “Quo Vadis, Aida?, directed by Jasmila Zbanic”. The film was competing with many films such as Titane; which was awarded Palme d’Or in Cannes Film Festival this year, Compartment No. 6; which was awarded the Grand Prix at Cannes, The Father; starring Anthony Hopkins, which won Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2021 Oscar Awards and The Hand of God; directed by the Italian director Paolo Sorrentino who won the Best Film Award twice at the European Film Academy. Director Jasmila Zbanic was connected to the European Film Awards ceremony online from Sarajevo and in her vote of thanks, she said: “This film is dedicated to the women and mothers of Srebrenica. They have found a way to build peace in a devastated country. Women have always had to find a way out of the mess created by men. I hope this award will inspire new female filmmakers and new women’s stories.”
The ”Best Director“ and ”Best Actress” awards goes to “Quo Vadis, Aida?”
Jasmila Zbanic, who directed the TRT co-production film “Quo Vadis, Aida?” won the award in the “Best Director” category, in which the 5 best directors of Europe competed this year. In the category of “Best Actress” where the top 5 female actors competed, the award was given to Jasna Duricic for her role in the film “Quo Vadis, Aida?”. In her speech at the awards ceremony, where she was connected online, Duricic said, “First of all, I would like to thank the crew of the film. I would like to thank my director Jasmila for giving me something very special by opening up a huge space where I could say what I think and feel about the former Yugoslavia. I am receiving this award on behalf of all the victims and mothers”.
“Quo Vadis Aida?” describes one of the bloodiest massacres in recent history
The film, which is a joint production of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey, Austria, Romania, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France and Norway, focuses on the Srebrenica massacre in 1995. The film is set in the days of the genocide, when tens of thousands of Bosnians, including women and children, were killed by Serb soldiers in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, at a United Nations base.
Quo Vadis, Aida?” had its Istanbul premiere in 12 Punto
The director of the film Jasmila Zbanic and the producer Damir Ibrahimovi came to Istanbul in June as guests of 12 Punto, which is held for the 3rd time this year. During the 12 Punto, the Istanbul premiere of the film was held, followed by an interview with Zbanic. The film “Quo Vadis, Aida?”, competed at the Toronto Film Festival right after having its world premiere in September 2020 in the Main Competition section of the Venice Film Festival, the most important festival in the world. After Venice and Toronto, it took part in many important film festivals and won awards. The film received the Best Film Award at the International Competition at the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival in October 2020 in Turkey.
The nominees for the ”LUX European Audience Award” have been announced: One of the three nominated films is “Quo Vadis, Aida”
During the 34th European Film Awards, the LUX Audience Award nominees were also announced. TRT Co-Production “Quo Vadis, Aida?” is one of the 3 films nominated for the LUX Audience Award, created in cooperation with the European Parliament, the European Film Academy, the European Commission and Europa Cinemas. Viewers will vote their favorite film among the 3 nominated films for the award, which aims to build bridges in Europe.