Slovenian short takes Grand Prix at Clermont-Ferrand festival
Clermont-Ferrand, 7 February - Sisters, a short film by the Slovenian director Katarina Rešek - Kukle, has won the top prize at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, the biggest international film festival dedicated to shorts.
Sisters (Sestre) was picked for the Grand Prix in the festival's international competition among 78 films in the running for the awards. The 43rd iteration of the festival was held online from 29 January to 6 February.
Sisters are three best friends in their early 20s who reject the concept of femininity imposed on them by their families. The three tomboys train marshal arts, and often get into fights with boys until one day a delicate girl saves them from humiliation.
In repose to the award, Rešek thanked the team, noting that most of the actors had never appeared in a film before.
"Sisters are a study for the feature film Fantasy, which we're currently working on, and this is certainly a strong motivation to continue with the story, which is liked to the local environment and seeks to break established patterns and offer a fresh perspective," the director was quoted as saying by the Slovenian Film Centre (SFC).
The sisters are played by actress Mia Skrbinac and Sarah Al Saleh and Mina Milovanović, for whom this is the first time on film.
The film was produced by A Atalanta in co-production with Nuframe, Zvokarna and Supermarket, with the financial support of the SFC and Viba film.