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67th Cannes Film Festival: The Chicken in the Critics’ Week, Vanja Jambrović and Houston, We Have a Problem at Marché du Film

The 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival takes place 14-25 May. The short film The Chicken is screened in the 53rd Critics’ Week competition, and producer Vanja Jambrović and the Slovenian-Croatian co-production Houston, We Have a Problem take part in the festival industry section’s development programmes. The Croatian Audiovisual Centre continues its promotional activities at the Regional Pavilion, and Croatian films are again present at Marché du Film, Short Film Corner and Cinando.

'The Chicken' at 53rd Critics' Week

The 53rd Critics’ Week short film competition includes The Chicken, a German-Croatian co-production directed by Una Gunjak, whose action takes place in Sarajevo under seige. The film was fully made in Zagreb, and its Croatian producer is Siniša Juričić from Nukleus film, who also produced Sofia’s Last Ambulance – the Croatian co-production that premiered at the Critics’ Week two years ago, winning the France 4 Visionary Award.

Le Marché du film: Vanja Jambrović and 'Houston, We Have a Problem'

Croatian filmmakers and projects will also take part in Le Marché du film development programmes. Vanja Jambrović, the producer of successful documentaries Gangster of Love and Real Man’s Film, will participate in Producers on the Move, an initiative launched by European Film Promotion with the aim of professional development and networking of talented and successful European producers.

The Slovenian-Croatian documentary and live action hybrid Houston, We Have a Problem, directed by Žiga Virc and produced by Siniša Juričić (Nukleus film), is one of the four projects to participate in the pitching of the NEXT section. This section is co-organised by Marché in association with the first European cross-media market Cross Video Days, with the aim of stimulating innovations in film art. NEXT takes place 14-25 May at the Next Pavilion (Village International Pantiero). Houston, We Have a Problem covers the urban myth according to which Tito saved the US reputation in the space race.

Croatian Audiovisual Centre in Cannes

For the seventh time around, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC) will represent Croatian cinema at the film market with various publications, meetings and special market screenings. The market screenings will include Cowboys by Tomislav Mršić, Handymen by Dalibor Matanić, Zagreb Cappuccino by Vanja Sviličić, and the Finnish-Croatian film A Patriotic Man by Arto Halonen, in order to achieve as good a placement as possible on the international film scene.

The HAVC representatives will also host meetings on the subject of exporting Croatian film services and future minority and majority co-productions. In terms of the preparations for foreign investments in a new Croatian film studio, negotiations with prospective partners will take place. Given the current political and industrial events (the first year of Creative Europe programme, Netflix’s penetration on the European market), Cannes will host sessions and meetings of all the key European and global film organisations and professional co-ordinations. Croatia and the HAVC representatives have a prominent role in most of these platforms.

Short Film Corner and Cinando

Croatian films will also be available at the Short Film Corner – a platform for encounters, networking, exchange of ideas and promotion among film professionals from the short film scene, and some of the more recent titles will be available at Cinando, a permanent film base intended for professionals from the industry.

The 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival takes place 14-25 May. More information about the selection is available on the official festival website.

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