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Croatian films and filmmakers at 71st Cannes Film Festival

The 71st Cannes Film Festival, May 8th to 19th, 2018, will include Ognjen Glavonić’s The Load in the ‘Directors’ Fortnight’ (La Quinzaine des réalisateurs), while Anja Kofmel’s film Chris the Swiss and the short film Third Kind by Yorgos Zois will screen in 'The International Critics' Week' (La Semaine de la Critique) section. All three films are minority Croatian co-productions. Oliver Sertić will participate in the Producers on the Move platform, while the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC) will again, this year, promote Croatian cinematography at the Film Market.

The Load

Vlada (Leon Lučev) works as a truck driver during the NATO bombings of Serbia in 1999. His mission is to transport a mysterious load from Kosovo to Belgrade and on the way drives through war ravaged locations. When he completes his task, Vlada has to return home and face the consequences of his actions.

The film’s writer and director is Ognjen Glavonić. The Load stars Leon Lučev, Pavle Čemerikić, Tamara Krcunović and Ivan Lučev. The Croatian co-producer is Ankica Jurić Tilić (Kinorama).

The ‘Directors’ Fortnight’ (La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) will take place, for the 50th time, in parallel with the Cannes Film Festival from May 9th to 19th. The programme presents new names in directing, highlighting authors with a strong and unique poetic. Throughout the history of the programme, the attention of audiences and critics has been attracted by some of today’s most renowned film directors including: Werner Herzog, Martin Scorsese and Ken Loach. More information is available at this link.

Chris the Swiss

Chris the Swiss is about a young Swiss reporter killed during the war in the former Yugoslavia. While the director exposes the circumstances surrounding his death, animated scenes are woven through documentary footage.

Anja Kofmel wrote and directed the film, and the Croatian co-producer is Siniša Juričić (Nukleus Film).

Third Kind

The Earth has long been abandoned, and people have found sanctuary in space. Three archaeologists return to the planet in order to explore the origin of a mysterious signal made up of five tones.

Yorgos Zois, the film’s director, co-wrote the script with Konstantina Kotzamani, and the Croatian co-producer is Siniša Juričić (Nukleus Film). Third Kind stars Alexandros Vardaxoglou, Effi Rabsilber, Nikos Hanakoulas and Miankhail Waris Awalgul.

'The International Critics' Week' (La Semaine de la Critique) is the oldest out-of-competition section of the Cannes Film Festival and will take place this year, for the 57th time, from May 7th to 19th. The section screens first and second films from directors from around the globe and in that way stays true to its tradition of discovering new talent. Names like Bernardo Bertolucci, Alejandro Gonsález Iñárittu and Gaspar Noé have all had their films screened in this programme. More information is available at this link.

 Producers on the Move: Oliver Sertić  

European Film Promotion has selected Croatian producer Oliver Sertić to participate in the Producers on the Move platform, taking place in parallel with the Cannes Film Festival from May 10th to 14th. Producers on the Move is a networking platform aiming to promote European co-productions. Participants will attend lectures, workshops, pitching sessions and ‘one-on-one’ meetings with film experts. They will have the opportunity to receive promotional space in international industry publications. The platform, along with Sertić, will include 19 other participants. For more information and a full list of participants please visit the EFP’s official website

 Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović at Cinéfondation  

Furthermore, Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović, director of the award-winning short film Into the Blue, will publicly pitch her new feature film Murina on May 12th at Cinéfondation. She developed the film over a few months within the same residency held in Paris. The Cinéfondation Résidence was founded in 2000, and has, to date, hosted more than 200 film professionals from more than 60 countries around the globe. Candidate selection is based on the quality of previous short or first feature length films, the project currently under development and their motivation.

 The Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC) in Cannes  

The HAVC will, for the 11th year in a row, present Croatian cinematography at the Film Market (Marché du film). Market-screenings will include: Antonio Nuić’s feature film Mali, Lada Kamenski, a feature film by Sara Hribar and Marko Šantić, Bobo Jelčić’s feature film All Alone, and Days of Madness, a feature documentary film by Damian Nenadić.

Furthermore, HAVC representatives will, through publications, meetings and digital platforms, present film professionals at the market (buyers and festival selectors) completed Croatian films of all themes and genres. The HAVC will also be available, for both logistical and lobbying purposes, to all Croatian authors and producers in Cannes who will be discussing current and future projects.

For Croatian film production promotional purposes, New Croatian Features & Shorts II/2018, highlighting new Croatian films, has been published. The publication is available here.

Short Film Corner

For short film promotional purposes, the HAVC has reserved a place for Croatian films at the Short Film Corner – a platform for short film professionals that includes meetings, exchange of ideas, networking, and promotion. Films included are: After Party by Viktor Zahtila, Almost Nothing: So Continues the Night by Davor Sanvincenti, Blink by Jakov Labrović, The Cleaning Lady by Matija Vukšić, Cyclists by Veljko Popović, How Steel was Tempered by Igor Grubić, The Lovetts by Igor Bezinović, Marica by Judita Gamulin, Safe Flight by Aldo Tardozzi, ‘The Stranger’ In my Head by Petra Balekić and White Trash by Sunčica Ana Veldić.

Cover photo: Official poster of the 71st Cannes Film Festival (© Design: Flore Maquin - Photo: Pierrot le fou © Georges Pierre)

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