Bratislava International Film Festival: Focus on contemporary Croatian film, Quit Staring at My Plate and The Beast in competition

The 18th Bratislava International Film Festival, taking place from November 11th to 17th, 2016, has prepared a special focus on contemporary Croatian film. Quit Staring at My Plate and The Beast will screen in competition, while Rade Šerbedžija will be presented with the Award for Artistic Excellence in World Cinema.

With a series of successful Croatian films, Focus: Croatia offers a selection of the most successful recent feature and short, as well as animated and documentary films. The program includes the feature films On the Other Side by Zrinko Ogresta and The Constitution by Rajko Grlić, while the short film selection includes award-winning films such Jure Pavlović’s Picnic, winner of Best Short Film at the European Film Awards, the winner of Best Short Film in the Horizons program in Venice, Dubravka Turić’s Belladonna, and the recent finalist for a student Oscar Award – Flowers by Judita Gamulin. Generation of 68 by Nenad Puhovski will have its Slovak premiere in the Focus program, and Puhovski will also be on the documentary film competition jury.

Rade Šerbedžija will be presented with the Award for Artistic Excellence in World Cinema, and in honor of this prize, the festival will open with his directorial debut The Liberation of Skopje, which he directed with his son, Danilo. Films screening in the Focus: Croatia program were selected by film critic Nenad Dukić, and the program is organized in cooperation with the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (more information can be found here).

The feature film competition of the Bratislava International Film Festival screens first and second feature fiction and documentary films. Two Croatian films will be screened in competition: Quit Staring at My Plate by Hana Jušić will be competing in the feature film category, while The Beast by Miroslav Sikavica will screen in the short film program.

Darko Fritz’s experimental short Zagreb Confidential – Imaginary Futures will screen in the Theme: City programme, and the Serbian-Croatian co-production Train Driver’s Diary by Miloš Radović will screen in the Europa, a programme featuring a selection of films focused on togetherness both in the thematic and production sense.

The 18th Bratislava International Film Festival will take place November 11th to 17th, 2016, and more information can be found on the festival’s official website

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