Croatian programme of 64th Pula FIlm Festival presented

The Croatian programme of the 64th Pula Film Festival, which will be held July 15 to July 22, will show 16 Croatian films and 11 co-productions, of which 13 Croatian films and 6 co-productions are in the competition to win Golden Arena awards.

The Pula Arena will show Croatian premieres of films Agape by Branko Schmidt, Dead Fish by Kristijan MilićA Brief Excursion by Igor Bezinović, Fuck Off I Love You by Anđelo Jurkas, Dom by Darijo Pleić and Raspuštenice by Stanislav Tomić, as well as Because of You by Anđelo Jurkas, Goran by Nevio Marasović and Quit Staring at My Plate by Hana Jušić. The following films will also be shown in the competition of this year’s 64th Pula Film Festival: ZG80 by Igor Šeregi, The Constitution by Rajko GrlićThe Mystery of Green Hill by Čejen Černić and Anka by Dejan Aćimović.

The following films will be shown out of competition: Transmania, omnibus by a group of authors and Jedno ubojstvo za van by Luka Duvančić. There will also be a special cinema showing of Egzorcizam, a horror by Dalibor Matanić.

The competition in the programme of minority co-productions includes Sieranevada by Cristi Puiu (co-production of Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, France and Croatia), Bulgarian-Croatian Roumena by Zornitsa Sophia, Polish-Bosnian-Croatian Catalina by Denijal Hasanović, Serbian-Croatian Train Driver’s Diary by Miloš Radović, Dutch-Belgian-Croatian The Day My Father Became a Bush by Nicole van Kilsdonk and House of Others by Rusudan Glurjidze (co-production of Georgia, Russia, Spain and Croatia).

Films that will be shown out of competition are Slovenian-Croatian Pođi sa mnom by Igor Šterka, Belgian-Croatian Uzvodno rijekom by Marion Hänsel, Italian-Croatian Babilonske sestre by Gigi Roccati, Bosnian-Croatian Hiljadarka by Nenad Đurić, and Bosnian-Slovenian-Croatian Our Everyday Life by Ines Tanović.

This year’s awards in the Croatian programmes will be decided by the jury headed by last year’s laureate, director Zrinko Ogresta, with members of the jury including set designer Mladen Ožbolt, costume designer Ivana Zozoli, actor Vedran Živolić and film critic Josip Grozdanić.

Gordana Restović, Festival director, expressed her satisfaction with the extremely strong edition of this year’s 64th national film festival, and emphasised that preparations are in their final stage and are running as planned. 'This year, without being falsely modest, we are presenting the largest number of films from the Croatian programme to date. The objective of the Festival has always been to promote film art, and with it culture as well, by providing film artists with the opportunity to find their place in front of a large audience - the audience who have been coming to the Festival for generations to watch films in the ancient Arena, the largest open-air cinema. The Festival aims to pool professionals from the film industry and to provide them with an opportunity to network and exchange experiences through professional programmes and cooperation with various institutions', Restović said.

'This is, programme-wise, one of the most abundant festival editions in the history of Croatian cinematography' said artistic director Zlatko Vidačković, while presentig this year’s Croatian programme, the most abundant yet. He also expressed his satisfaction with the extremely high number of films that have been submitted.

Daniel Rafaelić, director of Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC), thanked the artistic director of Pula Film Festival, who brought back Developing films programe. He expressed his great enthusiasm that this year's Pula Film Festival had placed focus on Croatian film and heritage, and the fact that Pula represents a centre of premiere films.

The organisers said there will soon be news concerning other film programmes of this year’s Pula Film Festival. The films in the Short Pula and International Programme will be announced shorty.

More information about the programme of the 64th Pula Film Festival can be found here.