Croatian films at 28th Festival of Eastern European Film in Cottbus

This year’s Cottbus Film Festival will screen one majority and two minority Croatian co-productions. The Load, by Ognjen Glavonić, will compete in the feature film programme, while F20, by Arsen Anton Ostojić, and Breathing into Marble, by Giedrė Beinoriūtė, will screen in the ‘Spectrum’ programme. The Cottbus Festival is taking place from November 6th to 11th. 

Ognjen Glavonić’s film The Load is a Serbian-French-Croatian-Iranian-Qatari co-production (Croatian co-producer: Ankica Jurić Tilić, Kinorama) and was filmed with support from the Croatian Audiovisual Centre among others. The Load is competing in the feature film section of this year’s Festival of Eastern European Film in Cottbus, Germany.

The Croatian film F20, directed by Arsen A. Ostojić, will screen in the ‘Spectrum’ programme, a section dedicated to films of mixed genres that ‘show how opposites attract’. The film is produced by Arsen Anton Ostojić and Hrvoje Vajić and the production house Filmosaurus Rex. The film stars Romina Tonković and Filip Mayer, while the rest of the cast includes Lana Ujević, Mladen Vulić, Alen Liverić, Alma Prica, Ksenija Marinković, Goran Grgić, Petra Vukelić, Lujo Kunčević, Alen Šalinović and Boris Miholjević. The script is written by Hrvoje Sadarić, the cinematographer is Slobodan Trninić, music is by Mate Matišić, and the editor is Dubravko Slunjski. The film was made with support from the Croatian Audiovisual Centre.

Also screening in the ‘Spectrum’ programme is the minority Croatian co-production Breathing into Marble by director Giedrė Beinoriūtė. The film is a Lithuanian-Latvian-Croatian co-production (Croatian co-producers: Matija Radeljak, Aning Film and Augustin Koprić, Avis Rara Studio Association).

The Cottbus Festival of Eastern European Film is running from November 6th to 11th. More on the festival is available on their official website. The Cottbus Festival is considered one of the most prestigious Eastern European film festivals in the world. The Cottbus Festival hands out a total of 18 awards worth more than 75 000 EUR in total.

Cover photos: scenes from The Load; F20; Breathing into Marble

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