Film GOD EXISTS, HER NAME IS PETRUNIJA by Teona Strugar Mitevska and written by Bosnian and Herzegovinian screenwriter Elma Tataragić has won two awrds: Ecumenical Jury Award and Guild Film Prize!
These two film authors already collaborated in 2017 on also very successful film WHEN THE DAY HAD NO NAME. GOD EXISTS, HER NAME IS PETRUNIJA was made in co-production of Macedonia, Belgium, France, Croatia and Slovenia. Film tells almost comical story that shows the absurdities of the contemporary world, focusing on a day in the life of Petrunija, a single, unemployed, 31-year-old woman, who decides to do the unthinkable and intervene in the world of men.
Since 1992, the international film organisations of the Protestant and Catholic Churches - INTERFILM and SIGNIS - have been represented by the Ecumenical Jury. It consists of six members and awards its main prize to a film entered in the Competition. The prizes go to directors who have succeeded in portraying actions or human experiences that are in keeping with the Gospels, or in sensitising viewers to spiritual, human or social values. Members of the 2019 Jury were: Dr. Anna Grebe, Pamela Aleman, Micah Bucey, Dominique Dipio, Margrit Frölich and Kristine Greenaway.
The jury of the “Guild Film Prize” is composed of three members who run cinemas and are members of the AG Kino - Gilde e.V. (association of German Art House Cinemas). The jury awards its prize to a film screened in the Competition. This year’s members were Adrian Kutter, Anna Rosa Ligeia Kruse and Jens Schneiderheinze.
69th Berlinale was opened on 7th February and it will close with Award Ceremony tonight.