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70th Berlin International Film Festival

Croatian minority co-productions Mare, by director Andrea Štaka, and Father, directed by Srdan Golubović had premieres in the Panorama section. Furthermore, the European Film Market launched a unique event called EFM Landmark, a new platform focusing on film commissions, shooting locations and co-production possibilities. The Croatian Audiovisual Centre presented co-production and shooting possibilities in Croatia by example of Mare, which received HAVC support through its Minority Co-Production scheme and via the national incentives programme, Filming in Croatia. 

Panorama: Mare and Father

Two fiction features, also Croatian minority co-productions, Mare, directed by Andrea Štaka and Father, directed by Srdan Golubović, have been selected to screen in competition of the Berlin International Film Festival. Its 70th edition have taken place from 20th Feb to 1st Mar, 2020, while both films screened in the Panorama section, traditionally dedicated to films boasting strong directing vision.

Mare, directed by Croatian-Swiss Andree Štaka, filmed entirely in the area of Konavle, is a story about a woman who, together with her family, husband and three children, lives next to the Dubrovnik airport. When a stranger suddenly enters her life, Mare makes decisions that will usher new life experiences and realizations about herself.  

Starring in the titular role is Marija Škaričić, with Goran Navojec, Ivana Roščić, Nikša Butijer, Mirjana Karanović, Zdenko Jelčić appearing in other roles and Polish actor Mateuzs Kosciukiewicz completing the cast. The film crew is comprised of director of photography Erol Zubčević, scenographer Jana Plećaš, costume designer Sara Giancane and makeup artist Sabine Fluckinger. 

The film is a Swiss-Croatian co-production, created by production companies Okofilm Productions, of producer Thomas Imbach and Andrea Štaka, and Dinaridi Film of co-producer Tena Gojić. The project received the support of Eurimages, Swiss national film funds, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, the City of Dubrovnik, the Tourist Board of both Dubrovnik and Konavle, the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation and the ZDF/ARTE television broadcasting company.  

Director Andrea Štaka was born and educated in Switzerland, while Mare is her third feature fiction film, following Das Fräulein and Cure – The Life of Another

The story about a poverty-stricken father, who sets out on foot from his village in the South of Serbia to Belgrade, after his children are taken away from him, is also a story about a looser and marginal character who, along the way, transforms into the hero of our times. The titular role is played by Croatian actor Goran Bogdan, while Srdan Golubović co-wrote the screenplay with Croatian director and screenwriter Ognjen Sviličić. Father is a co-production of as many as six countries, Serbia, France, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, with Croatian producers Lana Matić and Boris T. Matić of Propeler Film. Among other, the film received financial support from the Croatian Audiovisual Centre and Eurimages.

This is the third time Srdan Golubović is featured in the prestigious Berlinale programme, previously appearing with The Trap (2007) and Circles (2013, Ecumenical Jury Prize).

Berlin International Film Festival attracts almost half a million visitors each year. Its Panorama programme is dedicated to new films by established directors, as well as debuts by exciting newcomers, always focusing on films possessing daring vision. The films screened in this programme compete for the Panorama Audience Award – awarded by Berlinale’s biggest jury – the 20 000 Panorama audience, as well as for other prestigious recognitions awarded by independent juries. Panorama selector and programmer Michael Stütz said this year's programme highlights the urgency for political action and civil disobedience: “Filmmakers and protagonists are standing up against authorities.”

Over 400 films have been screened across 10 days. The festival's new artistic director is Carlo Chatrian, while British film and theatre actor Jeremy Irons has been chosen to preside the official competition jury.  

European Film Market

The European Film Market this year also launched a unique event called EFM Landmark, a new platform focusing on film commissions, shooting locations and co-production possibilities. The Croatian Audiovisual Centre has presented co-production and shooting possibilities in Croatia, on Monday, 24th Feb by example of Mare, which received HAVC support through its Minority Co-Production scheme and via the national incentives programme, Filming in Croatia.

The project presentation has included a discussion on the topic of the influence of landscape in framing and highlighting the characters in the film, moderated by Jess Conoplia, President of the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI). Mare director Andrea Štaka, producer Tena Gojić and Head of HAVC Christopher Peter Marcich have discussed the film, the HAVC co-productions scheme and filming in Croatia.  

As part of the EFM market, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre had an expo space for promoting Croatian audiovisual production at Gropius Bau. A new, tailor-made publication focusing on the promotion of recent Croatian titles of all film categories and genres, titled New Croatian Features & Shorts, was also available at the Croatian booth. 

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