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    Foreign Language Oscar Preview: FAVORITES
At the height of the awards season, the most influential website in Hollywood DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD has put together a list of 15 films running for the Foreign Language Oscar. According to them these 15 films had the biggest buzz going and were considered favorites for the 86th Annual Academy Awards, among a record-number of 76 entries from 76 countries. "Halima's Path" has been listed as one of these 15 films, following an extremely successful official screening for the Academy members, where - as one of the members said - everyone shed at least one tear. The article was written by Nancy Tartaglione, published on the 16th of December 2013. More info: deadline.com
 
    AWARDS IN ST. LOUIS
Both Arsen and his new feature film "Halima’s Path" were awarded during the 22nd St. Louis International Film Festival, held from November 14th to 24th. Arsen received the Contemporary Cinema Award, which honors mid-career filmmakers doing challenging and innovative work. Previous winners of this award include Terry Zwigoff and Jason Reitman. The recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Awards were Oliver Stone and Jon Jost.
The Interfaith Jury gave Halima’s Path an Honorable Mention among the films selected for their artistic merit, contributing to the understanding of the human condition and recognition of ethical, social and spiritual values. There were 75 feature films and 63 documentaries screened in several festival programs.
One of the side events of the festival was a program of films from former Yugoslav countries called "20 Years Later - Films from the Former Yugoslavia: Ghosts of the Past, Visions of the Future" organized in cooperation with the University of Missouri in St. Louis. The opening movie of the program was Arsen’s debut feature from 2004, "A Wonderful Night in Split."
More information: www.cinemastlouis.org
(Photo: Arsen with SLIFF's artistic director Chris Clark)
 
   

AWARD FOR HALIMA'S PATH IN FLORIDA
Halima's Path was awarded Best Foreign Language Film at the 11th Daytona Beach Film Festival, held from the 7th until the 11th of November in the city of Daytona Beach in Florida. There were 20 films competing in the official program.
More info: www.dbff.org
Official Awards' Tweet: http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/
 
 
    THREE AWARDS IN NEW YORK
"Halima's Path" received three awards at the first edition of Chelsea Film Festival in New York City, held from the 24th until the 27th of October. The screenwriter Fedja Isovic was awarded the Best Screenplay, Alma Prica was awarded the Best Actress and Olga Pakalovic was awarded the Best Supporting Actress. The film was also nominated for the Grand Prix. The Consul General of Croatia in New York attended the screening which was held in SVA Theater on the 23rd Street in Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Together with these 3 awards, the total number of awards and accolades has gone up to 26, from 22 competitive festivals. This means that "Halima's Path" has already surpassed Arsen's first film "A Wonderful Night in Split" which won 24 national and international awards.
More info: www.chelseafilm.org
 
    AWARD FOR ALMA PRICA
Alma Prica, the lead actress from "Halima's Path" who plays the title character of Halima, was awarded the Best Actress Award at the 6th "East-West" International Film Festival, held in the Russian city of Orenburg from the 14th until the 19th of October. This is already the third acting award for Alma, following awards at festivals in Belgium and in Portugal.
More info: www.east-west-festival.ru
 
    IMPORTANT PRIZE FOR HALIMA'S PATH AT 21st RAINDANCE FF
"Halima's Path" was awarded the Best International Feature Award, one of the two most important awards of the 21st Raindance Film Festival, held from the 25th of September until the 6th of October in London, at Vue Piccadilly Cinemas at Piccadilly Circus. There were more than 6.000 feature film submissions for Raindance this year and a hundred feature films that were selected for the official program. Among those films "Halima's Path" was first selected as one of 8 foreign films nominated for this award and then eventually it was chosen as the winning film. The jury consisted of 18 distinguished filmmakers, artists and media personalities, incl. Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, CEO of Recorded Pictures Peter Watson, writer Robert Rankin, actor Jason Flemyng, journalist Scott Macaulay, singer Beth Gibson, film critic Robbie Collins and others. This award is already the 22nd national or international recognition which "Halima's Path" has earned.
More info: www.raindance.org
 
    MEDIA PRIZE FOR HALIMA'S PATH
At the 5th Prishtina International Film Festival, held from September 20th to 29th in the capital city of Kosovo, "Halima's Path" was awarded the Media Prize in the Blood and Honey Cinema competition program (Balkan films). MEDIA prize is given by accredited journalists to the best film of the program in their opinion. There were 8 feature films from 7 countries in the selection of Blood and Honey Cinema program. During the ceremony the official jury underlined in theri statement exceptional acting by Alma Prica and Olga Pakalovic.
More info: www.prifest.org
 
    HALIMA'S PATH FOR OSCAR
On September 11th the 17-member committee of the Film Artists Association of Croatia has selected "Halima's Path" to be the Croatian official entry for the 86th Annual Academy Awards, in the Foreign Language Film category. The selection was decided in the first round, by the majority of votes. This is the third time that Arsen's film will represent Croatia for the Oscars; his previous two films - "A Wonderful Night in Split" and "No One's Son" were both Croatia's official entries for an Academy Award.
 
    GRAND PRIX IN ALBANIA
Halima's Path was chosen as the best film and awarded the Grand Prix during the 3rd Balkan Film and Food Festival held in the Albanian city of Pogradec from 2-9 of September. The festival showcased films from 10 countries of the Balkan region. Albanian Minister of Culture Ms. Mirela Kumbaro attended the closing ceremony. As a curiosity, during the past three years and all three editions of the festival Ostojic participated with his three films and all three times his films won top prizes; once the Jury prize (A Wonderful Night in Split in 2011) and twice the Grand prix (No One's Son in 2012 and now Halima's Path).
More info: www.balkan3f.com
 
    CRITICS PRIZE FOR HALIMA'S PATH
Halima's Path was awarded the Critics Prize at the 21st Varna International Film Festival "Love is Folly" in Bulgaria which was held from the 30th of August until the 5th of September in the coastal city of Varna. There were 12 feature films from 11 countries in the official selection. The president of the Bulgarian Film Critics Association Mr. Bozhidar Manov handed the award to the director Ostojic during the closing ceremony. Interestingly, this was the very first time that a Croatian film participated in the competiton program of this festival.
More info: www.fccvarna.bg
 
    ADDITIONAL AWARD FOR HALIMA'S PATH
"Halima's Path" has received yet another award, this time at the 19th MedFilm Festival in Rome, Italy, held June 21-30 under the high patronage of Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. The official competition consisted of 9 feature films from Mediterranean countries.
The film received the Multicultural Jury's Best Feature Film Award for fostering mutual understanding among different cultures.
In its explanation, the 7-member jury consisting from professionals from three continents stated, «for having been able to masterfully create an intense empathy between the spectator and the characters of the film, by dealing with very complex themes such as war and its devastating consequences, here represented with a strong emotional tension, as well as the social and family conflicts. The jury has also appreciated the deep sensitiveness by which the film highlights the extraordinary power, tenaciousness and skills of women’s world.».
More info: www.medfilmfestival.org
 
    BEST ACTRESS AWARD FOR HALIMA'S PATH
Alma Prica who played Halima and Olga Pakalović who played Safija in "Halima's Path" shared Best Actress Award at the 29th Festroia International Film Festival held from the 7th until the 16th of June in the city of Setubal, situated on the Atlantic coast of Portugal, just south of Lisbon. There were 14 feature films from about 10 countries competing for the awards.
More info: www.festroia.pt
 
    HALIMA'S PATH WINS 2 AWARDS IN NEW YORK
Halima's Path won the Jury Award for the Best Feature Film as well as the Audience Award at the 10th Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in New York, held from May 9-11.
The festival shows films from Bosnia-Herzegovina, having 5 feature films and a dozen shorts in competition this year.
More info: www.bhffnyc.org
 
    HALIMA'S PATH WINS AUDIENCE AWARD IN LA
Halima's Path has won the Audience Award with a record breaking score of 4.9 (out of 5) at the 8th South East European Film Festival in Los Angeles which took place from May 2-6.
There were altogether 40 films shown from the total of 20 countries, mostly from the European South East region.
More info: www.seefilmla.org
 
    BEST CROATIAN FILM SINCE 1998
For its 15th anniversary, the major Croatian daily newspaper Jutarnji List has conducted a survery among 7 film critics. The survey was meant to select the best Croatian film since 1998, the year the newspaper was founded.
"A Wonderful Night in Split" was selected with a notable edge as the best Croatian film since 1998.
More info: www.jutarnji.hr
 
    HALIMA'S PATH US FESTIVAL TOUR
In April and May of 2013, "Halima's Path" will tour several film festivals in the United States, starting with the 37th Cleveland International Film Festival
(April 3-14).
More info: www.clevelandfilm.org
After Cleveland, the film will participate in the competition program of the 8th South East European Film Festival in Los Angeles (May 2-6).
More info: www.seefilmla.org
Immediately following the LA festival, the film will be screened at the 10th Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in New York (May 9-11).
More info: www.bhffnyc.org
The tour ends with the 39th Seattle International Film Festival (May 16-June 9), where the film will be screened outside of the competiton program.
More info: www.siff.net
 
    ANOTHER TRIMUPH FOR HALIMA'S PATH
"Halima's Path" has won Grand Prix for the best film while Olga Pakalovic, who plays the role of Safija, has won Best Actress Award at the 19th International Festival of Mediterranean Films, held in Tetouan, Morocco, from the 23rd until the 30th of March, under the high patronage of the Moroccan king Mohammed VI. The president of the Jury was a well-known Italian film producer Ms. Grazia Volpi. The competiton was strong, as there were 12 films in the official program, some of which had previously won awards at the Cannes film festival.
More info: www.festivaltetouan.org
 
   
HALIMA'S PATH TRIUMPHS IN MONS
"Halima's Path" has triumped at the 29th Mons International Film Festival D'Amour, held in Mons, Belgium from the 15th until the 22nd of February. The film got the Grand Prix for Best Film, the lead actress Alma Prica got Best Actress Award and Cinefemme Foundation from Brusseles jury awarded it Best Film Award. The president of the main jury was the French director Pascal Thomas, while the president of the Cinefemme jury was the French actress Marie Bunel. Both juries gave the awards unanimously. The Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo attended the ceremony and gave an inspirational introductory speech.
  Here is an excerpt from the press release of the Cinefemme Foundation:
This marvelous women’s film and its poetic staging, chosen among a selection of 12 movies in the official competition, relates an universal story of the triumph of love against war’s absurdity.
More info: www.fifa-mons.be
 
 
    NEXT FESTIVALS FOR HALIMA'S PATH
In February and March of 2013, "Halima's Path" is scheduled for official screenings at three festival. First, it is accepted for the competition for the 29th Mons International Film Festival d'Amour, held in the Belgian city of Mons from the 15th to 22nd of February. More info: www.fifa-mons.be
It will open the non-competitive program of the Febio Fest, held from 14th - 22nd of March in Prague, Czech Republic. More info: www.febiofest.cz
The film will also participate in the compettion program of the International Festival of Mediterranean Films in Tetouan, Morocco, from 23rd - 30th of March.
More info: www.festivaltetouan.org
 
    HALIMA'S PATH AT THE EUROPEAN FILM MARKET
"Halima's Path" will have its market premiere at the European Film Market in Berlin, during Berlinale, on Saturday, 9th of February, at 6pm in Marriot 3 screening room. The screening is for potential buyers, sales agents and festival representatives.
More info: www.efm-berlinale.de
 
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