Israeli director Mahmoud Maoza’s film “Foxtrot” will officially open the 23rd Festival of Films on November 24th at the Youth Center. The festival will last until December 2, 2017. The family tragedy “Foxtrot”, which won the Grand Prix Venice Film Festival, tells the story of the parents of a soldier who was killed on duty. The film explores the ways in which sorrow affects individuals and entire communities, and how it spills through generations.
Director Maoz described the film as “a man’s dance with destiny”. As he says, it is a philosophical parable that attempts to deconstruct this vague concept of “fate”, through the story of a father and son.
“Foxtrot” is Israeli cinema candidate for the Oscar Prize in the category of foreign film.
Shamuel Maoz, director and screenwriter, was born in Tel Aviv, where he studied the camera. He worked as a film and television designer, and he directed several documentaries, television series and theater performances. “Lebanon” is his first feature film, for which he won “Golden Lion” in Venice in 2009.
The 23rd edition of the Auteur Film Festival will present the audience with a diverse program composed of the winners of the world film festivals, new creations by the directors whom the audience of the festival love and are well acquainted with, as well as interesting films that show new streams in author- film. As every year so far, the Festival of author-film will host a large number of renowned filmmakers who, in addition to participating in the programs, will hold several workshops with students, as organizers announce.
The main location of the festival will be the Youth Center of Belgrade, and the festival will be held in the Hall of the Cultural Center of Belgrade, the Yugoslav Cinema, the Fontana cinema, the cinema Vlada Divljan, the Cultural Center Studentski grad, the Parobrod – Dragan Nikolić Cinema and the Art Cinema Kolarčeva Zaduzbina as well.
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.