'Return to Homs' and 'Happiness' Win Awards at Sundance!


The documentary film ‘Return to Homs’ won the Jury Grand Prix, and the film ‘Happiness’ won the Cinematography Prize in the World Cinema Documentary category. Take a look at these fresh Sundance winners at the 10th ZagrebDox!

On Saturday, 25 January, the Sundance Film Festival awards were made public, one of the greatest and most important American festivals which took place this year between 16 and 26 January in Park City (Utah). We are extremely pleased to see two documentaries from ZagrebDox’s selection on the list of award winners!

The Syrian-German film Return to Homs, diriected by Talal Derki, won the World Cinema Documentary Jury Grand Prix, and the French-Finnish film Happiness, directed by Thomas Balmès, the Cinematography Prize, received by cinematographers Thomas Balmès and Nina Bernfeld.

Filmed during three years in Homs, Syria, Return to Homs is a modern epic of youth in war and forced decisions. The film follows the destinies of two extraordinary young men, Basset and Osama, from their dreams of freedom and defence of pacifism, to the moments when they are forced to make different decisions. The film is selected for ZagrebDox’s international competition. The film trailer is available here.

The film Happiness will be shown in the Happy Dox section. Through the story of a lonely eight-year-old monk Peyangki, it spins a tale about the advent of electricity, internet and television to a small village of Laya in Bhutan. The film’s official website is available on this link.