Norwegian-written GORAN wins at Kosovo’s Pristina Film Festival

The Croatian thriller Goran has won the Best Film Award at the Prishtina Film Festival in Kosovo.

The film is written by Norwegian writer Gjermund Gisvold, who has previously written some short films. This is his first feature.

The film is about Goran, who just wants to drive his taxi and take care of his blind wife Lina. But people close to him have their own agendas and dreams which threaten his carefree existence. In the idyllic surroundings of snow-covered Gorski Kotar, the fiery personalities of the Highlanders surface and collide.

The Croatian-Danish film Quit Staring at my Plate won the Best Director Award for its director, Hana Jusic. The film’s star Mia Petricevic was awarded the Best Actress Prize. In the film, Marijana’s life revolves around her family, whether she likes it or not. They live on top of one another in a tiny apartment, driving one another crazy. Then her controlling father has a stroke and is left completely bedridden, and Marijana takes his place as head of the clan. Soon, she is working two jobs to keep everything afloat, while her mother and disabled brother do their best to scupper the ship. Driven to the edge, Marijana finds comfort in seedy sex with random strangers; and this taste of freedom leaves her wanting more. But now that she has finally found freedom, what’s she meant to do with it?

Quit Staring at my Plate had previously won the Best Euro-Mediterranean Film at the Venice Film Festival in 2016.


The Pristina Film Festival ran from the 13th of July until the 20th of July.


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.