SARAJEVO, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- The movie "Take me Somewhere Nice", coproduced by Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and the Netherlands and directed by Ena Sendijarevic, has won the best feature film at the 25th Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF) on Thursday evening.
The film tells a story of a girl Alma who leaves her mother's home in the Netherlands and travels to her native BiH to visit the father she has never met. However, she faces many obstacles, but remains fearlessly determined to find her father. During the search for him and road trip through BiH, Alma learned to accept and understand herself, and embrace all challenges that come her way.
During her speech, Sendijarevic said she was overwhelmed while accepting the Heart of Sarajevo award.
"I am attending the festival for the fifth time, I am dedicating the prize to SFF, it is the great part of my life," Sendijarevic said.
The Heart of Sarajevo for the best director went to Turkish Emin Alper, who directed "A Tale of Three Sisters".
"It is a great honor to receive this award. I am very grateful to the Sarajevo Film Festival, if they invite me again I will keep coming," Alper said.
The jubilee edition of the festival brought a total of 270 movies screened in 18 programs from 56 countries. A total of 68 films made their world and 12 made its international premieres. There were 53 films in competition for the Heart of Sarajevo Awards and more than 1000,000 visitors since Aug. 16.
Towards the end of the four-year siege of Sarajevo, in 1995, Obala Art Centar initiated the SFF with the aim of helping to reconstruct civil society and retain the cosmopolitan spirit of the city. For the last 25 years, SFF has been recognized as the leading film festival in the region, recognized by both professionals and the wider audiences.