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Swiss Film Takes Top Honors at Sarajevo Fest

sarajevo.JPG Nabbing its second top honor in its festival run, Reuters reports that "Das Fraulein," a film by Swiss-born Andrea Staka, took the Heart of Sarajevo Award at the festival that wrapped Saturday.

"Das Fraulein," or "The Young Lady," is about two immigrant women in Zurich from the former Yugoslavia who's ordinary lives are shaken up by the arrival of another immigrant, this one a woman from Bosnia, who forces them to question their own attitudes.

Lead juror Jasmila Zbanic, who herself won a top honor--the Golden Bear in Berlin--called the film "a sensitive journey though an unusual relationship between women discovering their inner worlds." The movie won the Golden Leopard earlier this month in Locarno.

The nine-day festival drew over one hundred thousand filmlovers this year. It's goal is to promote young filmmakers from eastern Europe; Staka is of Bosnian and Croatian descent.

No word on distribution for the film; if it keeps winning, though, there might be a change in that status.


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