"HOME SWEET HOME" AND "THE RAIN" AWARDED IN SERBIA
Agata Puszcz's film and Piotr Milczarek's animation received another successive awards. Both films were appreciated at the Serbian film festival Kustendorf.
'Home Sweet Home' continues its winning streak. Only recently, Agata Puszcz received the award for the best short film at the German B3 Biennial of the Moving Image festival. This week the jury of the Kustendorf Film Festival, which includes Miki Manojlović, Alice Rohrwacher and Bruno Tarrière, decided that Cezary Stolecki deserved the Vilko Filač Award for the best cinematography.The jury praised Agata Puszcz's strong direction, which Stolecki managed to express through the ethics of setting lighting.
Another award, the Silver Egg, granted for the second best film in the main competition, was won by the award-winning "The Rain" by Piotr Milczarek. The jury justified its decision by emphasizing the universality of the film language of the director, who comments on social conflicts, as well as appreciating his humor and audiovisual mastery.
"Home Sweet Home" tells the story of ten-year-old Olaf, who lives in a world where hiring family members and friends is common practice. For the right money, anyone can create the illusion of ideal happiness for themselves. When the Rent A Life company holds auditions at Olaf’s school, he doesn’t hesitate for a moment. He has every intention of taking part and being cast as a friend at a birthday party for a little girl from a rich family. It quickly turns out that the cost of taking part in the illusion is a high one.
'The Rain’ is a simple animated film on collective consciousness. It talks about how no accountability for our actions pushes us to thoughtlessly follow the crowd, which may lead to a tragedy. The film also depicts a struggle of an individual with collective hypnosis and its consequences for both the individual and the crowd.