Big Golden Arena for Best Film

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Big Golden Arena for Best Film
Country Yugoslavia (1957–1990)
Croatia (1992–present)
Presented by Pula Film Festival Jury
First awarded 1957 (unofficially)
1961 (officially)
Currently held by Just Between Us
Official website pulafilmfestival.hr
Main article: Pula Film Festival

The Golden Arena awards were established in 1955 as the Yugoslav national film awards presented annually at the Pula Film Festival in Pula, Croatia, with the Big Golden Arena for Best Film its main prize. From 1955 to 1990 the awards were the Yugoslav cinema equivalent of the Academy Awards. In 1991 the festival was cancelled due to the breakup of Yugoslavia,[A] but then resumed in 1992 as the Croatian film awards festival (thereby excluding films and filmmakers from present-day Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia). It has been held in this format every year since, although no prizes were awarded at the 1994 edition.[B]

The festival's competition program usually includes screenings of all locally produced feature films made in the preceding 12 months (which is made possible due to the local film industry's relatively low output), so everyone involved in making them automatically qualifies for the Golden Arena awards. Therefore there are no Academy Award-style lists of nominees announced prior to the actual awarding ceremony. The awards are given by a jury of five or six members which is named before each festival edition by the festival's managing board, and it usually consists of prominent filmmakers and film critics.

Although the festival was established in 1954, the award for best film was first awarded in 1957 - prior to the 1957 edition, the festival had separate critics' choice and audience awards for best film screened at the festival. Until 1990, the award was always given to the film's production company or companies, except in 1981 when the award was merged with the Golden Arena for Best Director and both the director and production companies of the winning film (The Fall of Italy by Lordan Zafranović) were credited with the award. Overall, Jadran Film of Zagreb and Avala Film of Belgrade were the most successful studios in the Yugoslav period (1957–1990) winning 11 and 8 awards respectively.

In the 1990s the award was intermittently merged with the Best Director award, until 1999 when the old format was briefly re-introduced. Between 2003 and 2007 film directors were credited with the Best Film award, while still being eligible for the separate Best Director award (although on four out of five occasions in this period the same director won both awards for the same film). Since 2008 the award is given to the film's producer.

List of winners[edit]

1955–1980[edit]

The following table lists all films which were winners of the top three prizes in the period from 1957 to 1980. On four occasions two films shared the same prize - in 1961 and 1965 two films shared the Big Golden Arena, in 1966 two films shared the runner-up award and in 1967 two films shared the third-place award. In addition to this, the 1965 second place prize was not awarded. Shared awards are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Award changes
  • In 1954 there was no festival jury and separate Critics' Choice and Audience awards were given. The Critics' Choice Award for Best Film went to František Čap's film Vesna, and the Audience Award for Best Film went to Fedor Hanžeković's film Stojan Mutikaša. In the following years both the critics' and audiences' awards were kept in parallel with the festival jury-given Golden Arenas, so the 1954 awards are usually not considered precursors of the present-day Big Golden Arena.
  • In 1955 a festival jury was introduced for the first time and it was also the first time that the award was officially called Big Golden Arena. Although it was given to the best film's director, it is de facto the first Big Golden Arena for Best Film, and it was won by František Čap for the film Trenutki odločitve.
  • In 1956 the Best Film award was not given in any form.
  • From 1957 to 1960 the festival jury ranked three best films of the festival, without giving them an official award.
  • From 1961 to 1968 the Big Golden Arena was awarded to best film, along with the second place prize called Big Silver Arena and a third place prize called Silver Arena.
  • From 1969 to 1980 the third place prize was renamed Big Bronze Arena.
Year Award English title(s) Original title(s) Director(s)
1955
1st
Moments of Decision Trenutki odločitve František Čap
1956
Big Golden Arena was not awarded.
1957
1st
Priests Ćira and Spira Pop Ćira i pop Spira Soja Jovanović
2nd
Master of His Own Body Svoga tela gospodar Fedor Hanžeković
3rd
Saturday Night Subotom uveče Vladimir Pogačić
1958
1st
H-8 H-8 Nikola Tanhofer
2nd
The Road a Year Long Cesta duga godinu dana Giuseppe De Santis
3rd
The Sky Through the Trees Kroz granje nebo Stole Janković
1959
1st
Train Without a Timetable Vlak bez voznog reda Veljko Bulajić
2nd
Three Quarters of a Sun Tri četrtine sonca Jože Babič
3rd
Five Minutes of Paradise Pet minuta raja Igor Pretnar
1960
1st
The Ninth Circle Deveti krug France Štiglic
2nd
Atomic War Bride Rat Veljko Bulajić
3rd
Three Girls Named Anna Tri Ane Branko Bauer
1961
1st
Ballad About a Trumpet and a Cloud * Balada o trobenti i oblaku France Štiglic
1st
The First Fires * Uzavreli grad Veljko Bulajić
2nd
The Party Veselica Jože Babič
3rd
Pesma Radoš Novaković
1962
1st
Kozara Kozara Veljko Bulajić
2nd
Saša Radenko Ostojić
3rd
Prekobrojna Branko Bauer
1963
1st
Face to Face Licem u lice Branko Bauer
2nd
Radopolje Stole Janković
3rd
Wild Growth Samorastniki Igor Pretnar
1964
1st
Official Position Službeni položaj Fadil Hadžić
2nd
Marš na Drinu Žika Mitrović
3rd
Don't Cry, Peter Ne joči, Peter France Štiglic
1965
1st
Prometheus of the Island * Prometej s otoka Viševice Vatroslav Mimica
1st
Three * Tri Aleksandar Petrović
2nd
Second place prize was not awarded.
3rd
Doći i ostati Branko Bauer
1966
1st
Monday or Tuesday Ponedjeljak ili utorak Vatroslav Mimica
2nd
The Climber * Štićenik Vladan Slijepčević
2nd
Rondo * Rondo Zvonimir Berković
3rd
The Dream San Puriša Đorđević
1967
1st
I Even Met Happy Gypsies Skupljači perja Aleksandar Petrović
2nd
The Morning Jutro Puriša Đorđević
3rd
The Birch Tree * Breza Ante Babaja
3rd
On Paper Planes * Na avionima od papira Matjaž Klopčič
1968
1st
When I Am Pale and Dead Kad budem mrtav i beo Živojin Pavlović
2nd
Noon Podne Puriša Đorđević
3rd
I Have Two Mothers and Two Fathers Imam dvije mame i dva tate Krešimir Golik
1969
1st
Downstream from the Sun Nizvodno od sunca Fedor Škubonja
2nd
An Event Događaj Vatroslav Mimica
3rd
It Rains in My Village Biće skoro propast sveta Aleksandar Petrović
1970
1st
Handcuffs Lisice Krsto Papić
2nd
The Cyclists Biciklisti Puriša Đorđević
3rd
This Crazy World of Ours Bube u glavi Miloš Radivojević
1971
1st
Red Wheat Rdeče klasje / Crveno klasje Živojin Pavlović
2nd
The Pine Tree in the Mountain U gori raste zelen bor Antun Vrdoljak
3rd
The Bet Opklada Zdravko Randić
1972
1st
The Master and Margaret Maestro i Margarita Aleksandar Petrović
2nd
Lone Wolf Vuk samotnjak Obrad Gluščević
3rd
How to Die Kako umrijeti Miomir Stamenković
1973
1st
The Battle of Sutjeska Sutjeska Stipe Delić
2nd
The Bombardiers Bombaši Predrag Golubović
3rd
To Live on Love Živjeti od ljubavi Krešimir Golik
1974
1st
The Republic of Užice Užička republika Žika Mitrović
2nd
The Dervish and Death Derviš i smrt Zdravko Velimirović
3rd
Crveni udar Predrag Golubović
1975
1st
The House Kuća Bogdan Žižić
2nd
Wintering in Jakobsfeld Zimovanje u Jakobsfeldu Branko Bauer
3rd
Story of Good People Povest o dobrih ljudeh France Štiglic
1976
1st
Idealist Idealist Igor Pretnar
2nd
The Longest Journey Najdolgiot pat Branko Gapo
3rd
Anno Domini 1573 Seljačka buna 1573 Vatroslav Mimica
1977
1st
Don't Lean Out the Window Ne naginji se van Bogdan Žižić
2nd
Operation Stadium Akcija stadion Dušan Vukotić
3rd
Beloved Love Ljubavni život Budimira Trajkovića Dejan Karaklajić
1978
1st
Occupation in 26 Pictures Okupacija u 26 slika Lordan Zafranović
2nd
Bravo Maestro Bravo maestro Rajko Grlić
3rd
The Dog Who Loved Trains Pas koji je voleo vozove Goran Paskaljević
1979
1st
Trophy Trofej Karolj Viček
2nd
Burning Usijanje Boro Drašković
3rd
The Days on Earth Are Flowing Zemaljski dani teku Goran Paskaljević
1980
1st
Petria's Wreath Petrijin venac Srđan Karanović
2nd
The Secret of Nikola Tesla Tajna Nikole Tesle Krsto Papić
3rd
Who's That Singing Over There Ko to tamo peva Slobodan Šijan

1981–1990[edit]

In 1981 the second and third place prizes were dropped.[1] The following table lists all winners from 1981 to 1990. The Big Golden Arena was not awarded in 1982.[2]

Year English title(s) Original title(s) Director(s)
1981 The Fall of Italy Pad Italije Lordan Zafranović
1982
Big Golden Arena was not awarded.
1983 Body Scent Zadah tela Živojin Pavlović
1984 Balkan Spy Balkanski špijun Dušan Kovačević
Božidar Nikolić
1985 When Father Was Away on Business Otac na službenom putu Emir Kusturica
1986 Happy New Year '49 Srećna nova '49. Stole Popov
1987 Reflections Već viđeno Goran Marković
1988 My Uncle's Legacy Život sa stricem Krsto Papić
1989 The Meeting Point Sabirni centar Goran Marković
1990 Silent Gunpowder Gluvi barut Bato Čengić

1991–present[edit]

Following the breakup of Yugoslavia which began in the early 1990s and the ensuing Croatian War of Independence, the festival was cancelled in 1991.[3] In 1992 it was re-launched as the Pula Film Festival (as opposed to the Festival of Yugoslav Film as it was known earlier).[4] Award categories and names were unchanged, but the selection was narrowed to Croatian films only, excluding films from the other five republics of Yugoslavia. This meant that the number of films eligible for awards fell sharply, which even led to the cancellation of the 1994 award ceremony, as only one Croatian feature film had been produced in the preceding 12 months.[5]

Year English title Original title Director(s)
1991
Festival cancelled.[A]
1992 Story from Croatia Priča iz Hrvatske Krsto Papić
1993 Countess Dora Kontesa Dora Zvonimir Berković
1994
National competition program cancelled.[B]
1995 Washed Out Isprani Zrinko Ogresta
1996 How the War Started on My Island Kako je počeo rat na mom otoku Vinko Brešan
1997 Mondo Bobo Mondo Bobo Goran Rušinović
1998 When the Dead Start Singing Kad mrtvi zapjevaju Krsto Papić
1999 Madonna Bogorodica Neven Hitrec
2000 Marshal Tito's Spirit Maršal Vinko Brešan
2001 Slow Surrender Polagana predaja Bruno Gamulin
2002 Fine Dead Girls Fine mrtve djevojke Dalibor Matanić
2003 Here Tu Zrinko Ogresta
2004 Long Dark Night Duga mračna noć Antun Vrdoljak
2005 What Iva Recorded Što je Iva snimila 21. listopada 2003. Tomislav Radić
2006 All for Free Sve džaba Antonio Nuić
2007 The Living and the Dead Živi i mrtvi Kristijan Milić
2008 No One's Son Ničiji sin Arsen Anton Ostojić
2009 Metastases Metastaze Branko Schmidt
2010 Just Between Us Neka ostane među nama Rajko Grlić
2011 Kotlovina Kotlovina Tomislav Radić
2012 A Letter to My Father Pismo ćaći Damir Čučić
2013 A Stranger Obrana i zaštita Bobo Jelčić
2014 Number 55 Broj 55 Kristijan Milić

Footnotes[edit]

A. ^ Although the festival was opened on 26 July 1991 and a press screening of Zrinko Ogresta's film Fragments: Chronicle of a Vanishing was held, the festival board presided by Antun Vrdoljak decided to cancel the festival in protest against the violence of the Ten-Day War which was going on in Slovenia and the initial stages of the Croatian War of Independence. Nine films were supposed to be screened in the competition program.[3]
B. ^ : The awards ceremony was cancelled in 1994 as only one Croatian feature film was made in the preceding 12 months (The Price of Life directed by Bogdan Žižić). The festival was held in spite of this, but the usual national competition program was replaced with a retrospective of animated films produced by the Zagreb School of Animated Film and a selection of documentaries, while the main program featured premieres of six American wide release movies.[5]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "28. Pulski filmski festival" (in Croatian). Pula Film Festival. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "29. Pulski filmski festival" (in Croatian). Pula Film Festival. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "38. Pulski filmski festival" (in Croatian). Pula Film Festival. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Pula Film Festival: Overview". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "41. Pulski filmski festival" (in Croatian). Pula Film Festival. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 

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