Rich programme of the Festival that lasts from 16 to 22 July was presented today in Subotica. As it was said programme consists of festival 13 selections with more than 100 films.
Despite the lack of financial means we succeeded to save quality level of our film programmes and also to prepare rich side-programme with Amsterdam symphony orchestra concert, Little booklet of Conceptualism exhibition at Likovni Susret, discussions, panels… – announced Tatić. – Due to financial situation screening location for Parallels and Encounters is Eurocinema, for Young Spirit of Europe, Underground Spirit and Short Matters! – Abazija Cinema in Palić, and for Baltic Focus and New Hungarian Film – Art Cinema Aleksndar Lifka.
Festival will be opened at Summer Stage by Aleksandar Lifka Award laureates, cult Serbian filmmaker Slobodan Šijan and famous Austrian director Ulrich Seidl.
FIRE AT SEA, Golden Bear winner at Berlinale by Giamfranco Rosi, opens Official Selection immediately after opening ceremony.
This years’ Festival programme was presented by programmers Petar Mitrić and Szabolcs Tolnai. Except earlier mentioned opening documentary in the Official Selection there are 13 more films like Nicolas Winding Refn’s NEON DEMON from the Cannes competition programme. From Germany comes TONI ERDMANN– film that was seen as one of the main contestants for this year’s Palm d’Or. Serbian participant is TRAINDRIVER FAIRYTALE by Miloš Radović. Tre is also Romanian film by Cristian Mungiu,GRADUATION awarded at this year’s Cannes Festival.
Mitrić expressed satisfaction for the fact that the common theme of this year’s film selections is parent – child relationship.
Parallels and Encounters programme presents 10 films plus one out of competition. Programme consists of films from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Russia… There are also two Serbian pieces DEPTH TWO documentary by Ognjen Glavonić, and out of competition HUMIDITY by Nikola Ljuca.
Festival Jury, that assigns Golden Tower for the Best Film and Palić Tower for the Best Director, consists of Turkish director Yesim Ustaoglu, producer Riina Sildos from Estonija, Lithuanian actor Aistė Diržiūtė, German director Michaela Kezele and Stefan Arsenijević director from Serbia.
Critics Jury that is going to judge films from Parallels and Encounters programme consists of Marina Richter (Austria), Maria Ulfsak-Šeripova (Estonia) and Colette de Castro (France). For the first time 23 Festival assigns GORKI LIST AUDIENCE AWARD for the Best film within Official Selection chosen by the audience.
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.