The 45th Edition of International Film Festival (FEST) will held in Belgrade from the 26th of February until the 5th of March in 2017. A great number of last year’s films nominated for one of the most prestigious in the world of film awards – Oscar are traditionally a part of the FEST’s programme. The American Academy Awards ceremony will be held on the 26th of February, two days after the beginning of this year’s festival. The special guest of the opening ceremony will be a famous Italian actress Monica Bellucci which stars in the latest movie “On the milky road” by Emir Kusturica.
As a prelude to the 45th FEST the Belgrade audience had the opportunity to see the enchanting musical La La Land at Cineplexx Usce on January 25th (Dir. Demian Chasel), which was nominated for incredible 14 American Academy Awards, in all major categories: Best Picture, Directing, Original Screenplay, Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Leading Role, Cinematography, Film Editing, Costume Design, Production Design, Original Score, Sound Mixing and Sound Editing. In addition to this, La La Land received two nominations in the same category – for Best Original Song. Among the nomenees for Best Original Score are also films Jackie (Dir. Pablo Larraín) and Moonlight (Dir. Barry Jenkins ).
The programme FEST45 include four out of nine films nominated for Best Picture: Hidden Figures (Dir. Theodore Melfi), Hell or High Water (Dir. David Mackenzie) Manchester by the Sea (Dir. Kenneth Lonergan) and Moonlight.
Manchester by the Sea and Hell or High Water compete among other films for Best Original Screenplay, while Hidden Figures and Moonlight received a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Films such as Her (Dir. Paul Verhoeven) and Jackie will be screened as a part of the FEST45 GALA programme. What makes these films exceptional are their lead actresses Isabelle Huppert and Natalie Portman who were both nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role respectively. The film Jackie, dedicated to the mysterious First Lady of the United States, was also nominated for Best Costume Design. Casey Affleck is in competition for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Manchester by the Sea.
The magnificent Michael Shannon received his second Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the film Nocturnal Animals. Competing in the same category is the unforgettable Jeff Bridges for the film Hell or High Water, Lucas Hedges for Manchester by the Sea and Mahershala Ali for Moonlight. In competition for Best Supporting Actress is Naomie Harris for Moonlight, Octavia Spencer for Hidden Figures and Michelle Williams for Manchester by the Sea.
The closing film of this year’s FEST is the latest film by the famous director Martin Scorsese, Silence, which was nominated for Best Cinematography. Moonlight is competing in the same category.
Also among the nominated films are The Salesman and Land of Mine, which both received a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as My Life as a Zucchini and La Tortue rouge, which were nominated for Best Animated Feature Films and will be screened as a part of the PLAZMA FEST programme.
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.