Film Festival Cottbus
5.000 EUR donated by Sparkasse Spree-Neiße
Jury statement: Three touching performances revealing their characters' unique personalities and rendering alive the complexity of adolescent epe of innocence, love, envy and desire – which have no option but to exit within a setting of constant surveillance. For taking us on an emotion journey while revealing some of the real life struggles of life in a youth special care institution, the jury would like to award best acting performance to first time actors Marijana Novakov, Tijana Markovic and Valentino Zenuni in the film OASIS by director Ivan Ikić.
Jury statement: We, the FIPRESCI jury of the 30th Cottbus Film Festival, award this year's prize to OASIS by Ivan Ikić. It's an attentive and compassionate sophomore feature with a sensitive look at people with mental impairments and their “normal” need for closeness and understanding. The film's aesthetics are subtle but proficient, painting a heartfelt portrait of inclusivity and the struggle accompanying it.