Serbian film 'Tilva Ros' wins Sarajevo festival

Serbian drama "Tilva Ros" won the best film award at the 16th Sarajevo Film Festival, the Balkan region's biggest such competition, organisers said on Saturday.

The film directed by Nikola Lezaic - a story of two teenagers' growing pains in a dying mining town in eastern Serbia - won the Heart of Sarajevo prize at the end of the nine-day festival.

Young Serbian actor Marko Todorovic won the best actor award for his performance in the movie.

Mirela Oprisor won the best actress award for her role in the Romanian movie "Marti, Dupa Craciun" ("Tuesday, After Christmas").

Some 200 films were screened at the festival that was launched as an act of resistance during Bosnia's 1992-1995 war.

This year, Oscar-winning US star Morgan Freeman was the festival's guest of honor.

The festival ended late Saturday with the screening of Clint Eastwood's "Invictus," a film based on the momentous 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Freeman was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of the former South African president Nelson Mandela in Eastwood's movie.

In Sarajevo, Freeman met young filmmakers from the Balkans region.

The US actor won an Oscar for his role in 2004's Eastwood boxing drama "Million Dollar Baby."

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