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Arsen's fourth feature film, this time in English, a UK-Croatian coproduction based on the book “The Man in the Box” by American writer Thomas Moran, started filming on location near Innsbruck in Tirol (Austria) in mid-December. This is a touching coming-of-age story about a teenager living in a remote village high in mountains in Tirol during WW2, imbued by Nazi ideology, whose family hide a refugee physician in their barn. At the moment, the cast consists of well-known British and German actors: the lead role of the teenager is played by John Bell (“Hobbit”). His father, Martin, is played by Thomas Kretschmann (“King Kong”, “The Pianist”, “Valkyre”, “Avengers”). His mother, Liese, is played by Martina Gedeck (“Life of Others”, “Baader Meinhof Complex”). His love interest, Sigi, is played by Celine Buckens (“War Horse”). Filming will continue in the Spring of 2015, after the snow melts, on locations in Austria, as well as in Italy, near Bressanone. The UK production company is Evergreen Productions Ltd., the coproduction company from Croatia is GripFilm d.o.o. and the sales agent is Parkland Pictures from London.
• Photo by: Georg Khuen Belasi - click here to enlarge

Halima's Path was awarded the Grand Prix for the best film at the 10th Kazan International Festival of Muslim Cinema, held from the 5th untill the 11th of September in Kazan, the capital of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan. A well-known Turkmeni film director Khodzha Kuli Narliyev gave the award to Ostojic during the impressive closing ceremony in front of 1.500 guests, emphasising in his speech a need to make more emotional films like "Halima's Path". This award came almost at the same time as the Audience Award at the Chichester International Film Festival, thus raising the total of awards and recognitions given to the film to 31, making it by far the most awarded Croatian feature film over the last several decades.
• More info: www.kazan-mfmk.com
Halima's Path was awarded the Audience Award as the best East European film at the 23rd Chichester International Film Festival, held in the town of Chichester, near London, United Kingdom from the 14th until the 31st of August 2014. Halima's Path participated in the "East Meets West" program together with additional 16 well-known feature films from a dozen East European countries.
• More info: www.chichestercinema.org
    Special Mention in Geneva
Halima's Path was awarded Special Mention at the 9th International Festival of Oriental Films, held in Geneva, Switzerland from 4-13 of April. In its explication, the jury stated that Halima's Path was "a complex film in which women again carry the heaviest burden". There were total of about a hundred films shown at the festival, including narrative and documentary features and short films. This award presents already the 29th recognition given to Halima's Path since it started its festival life back in the end of July 2012.
• More info: www.fifog.com
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