“The Twilight of the Gods” by the Slovenian National Theatre from Maribor triumphed at the First International Theatre Festival “Theatre at the Crossroads”, held under the auspices of the National Theatre in Niš.
This drama, following the rise and fall of the wealthy German Essenbeck family during Nazi Germany, was written by Ivor Martinić, relying on Luchino Visconti’s famous film and Dalibor Matanić set it on the stage. The Slovenian performance won the Critics Table Award and the Jury of Journalists Award, and Matanić was awarded for directing, Marko Japelj for set design, Nataša Matjašec Rošker won the best female actress award for the interpretation of the baroness Sophie von Essenbeckand Petja Labović , who played her son, Martin von Essenbeck was awarded as best young actor.
Let us remind you that eight plays were in the official competition, and the jury singled out Kokan Mladenović’s authorial project “If Only Sombor Were Hollywood” produced by the National Theatre in Sombor and awarded it for the original stage movement (Andreja Kulešević), music (Irena Popović Dragović), costume design (Tatjana Radišić), while Marko Marković won the recognition for the best actor for the role of Ernest Bošnjak. Jelena Laban received the award for best young actress for the role in “Capital” by Andraš Urban, and the entire acting ensemble of the Royal Theatre Zetski Dom from Cetinje won a special jury award, comprised of Mia Begović, Katarina Kocevska, Bogdan Kosta, Branislav Mićunović and Enver Petrovci.
Last night, the Festival ended with the award ceremony and the performance of “Sarajevo 1914 – This Grave is Too Small for Me” based on the by text Biljana Srbljanović, directed by Greek stage director Tanos Nikas and performed by Ars Moriendi Theatre Group from Thessaloniki.