Direction: Ivana Stefanovi - Production: Vesna Peri - Music: Ivana Stefanovi - Sound: Zoran Uzelac - Actors: Ana Sofrenovi, Slobodan Bešti, Predrag D. Stamenkovi, Aleksandra Raji iki, Lidija Antonovi, Saša Dobrohotov, Nataša Vujnovi - Producing organisation: Radio Belgrade 2, Drama Department, Sound Workshop - Year of production: 2017
Hasanaginica is a lyrical folk ballad from the Central Balkans that reached Europe in the 18th century thanks to the efforts of Venetian Writer and Ethnographer Alberto Fortis and his translation. The song was known and highly appreciated by Goethe, Pushkin, Mickiewicz... Based on this poem, contemporary Serbian Writer Ljubomir Simovic wrote a poetic drama and adopted several dozens of verses from his Hasanaginica which, to my recollection, represent the essence of drama: condemnation, helplessness, tragic guilt, cruelty, shame, loneliness, futility, death... Special, symbolic, yet hard to distinguish, sound is weaved into the piece – the sound of a wooden wheel from the Syrian town of Hama. The sound I recorded while I was living in that country, long before conflicts started.
We would like to award the prize to the Serbian entry, “A Large Stone”. We would also like to say thank you for the excellent English translation which was supplied. The programme was ambitious, taking on a serious and contemporary subject. The text was beautifully written for the radio medium, and skilfully performed. The music was an intrinsic part of the whole. At one point in the programme the text says “all I want is for you to listen”. We listened, and felt the resonance of the programme in ourselves. In the final discussion, what united the jury was our desire to reward the creative and innovative endeavour of the artist in radio.
Adrian Korol (RTA-RAE, Argentina), Adriana Kramaric (HRT, Croatia), Josef Trestik (CZCR, Czech Republic), Bruno Berenguer (Radio France, France), Olga Buckley (RTÉ, Ireland), Joanna Grotkowska (PR, Poland), Michael Schuler (SRG SSR, Switzerland), Martin Smith (BBC, United Kingdom).
Adrian Korol (RTA-RAE, Argentina)