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Minority Co-Productions at the 41st Cairo International Film Festival 

Three Croatian minority co-productions will be screened at the prestigious Cairo International Film Festival to take place from 20 to 29 November. 

All the three titles will be screened in the International Panorama section. These are the films God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya by Teona Strugar Mitevska (the Croatian producer is Zdenka Gold, Spiritus movens), Stitches by Miroslav Terzić (the Croatian producer is Zdenka Gold, Spiritus movens) and The Barefoot Emperor by Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens (the Croatian producers are Boris T. Matić and Lana Matić, Propeler film).

The film God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya by the Macedonian director Teona Strugar Mitevska is also one of the three films nominated for the Arab Critics' Award. The nomination was announced by European Film Promotion and Arab Cinema Center and the winner will be announced at the Cairo International Film Festival.

In addition to a number of special mentions at international film festivals, God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya has also been selected as one of the three finalists for the European Parliament's LUX Film Prize 2019 awarded annually by the European Parliament. The film will be screened in more than 50 cities in 28 countries as a part of the Lux Film Days that the European Parliament organises in co-operation with MEDIA offices of the Creative Europe Programme. The LUX Prize will be awarded to one of them on 27 November.

Stitches by Miroslav Terzić was also premiered at the prestigious Berlinale as a part of the Panorama programme and won the Europa Cinemas Label as the best European film and ranked second according to the audience ratings. The film by Miroslav Terzić, along with the above mentioned title by Teona Strugar Mitevska, was included in 46 best European feature by the European Film Academy awarding the 'European Oscar'. 

The Barefoot Emperor by Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens had its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film festival and in September it opened the 35th edition of the Warsaw International Film Festival. The film, all of which had been shot in Croatia, came as a result of Belgia-Croatia-The Netherlands-Bulgaria co-production. 

The Cairo International Film Festival is one of only 15 festivals accorded as category 'A' status by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations. It was launched in 1976 as the first film festival to be held in the Arab world. The Festival will be opened this year by the film The Irishman by Martin Scorsese. More information about the Festival programme and all other details are available at its official website

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