Croatian filmmakers presented themselves at the Cannes Film Festival
The short feature film The Real Truth about the Fight and feature film Lost Country attracted attention at the largest film festival in the world
Even this year, the Cannes Film Festival could not pass without Croatian filmmakers. Although they are not in the competition for the Golden Palm, the short feature film The Real Truth about the Fight by Andrea Slaviček and the feature film Lost Country by Serbian director Vladimir Perišić, which was realized in co-production with the Croatian company Kinorama, received notable promotion on the Côte d'Azur.
Both films were shown in the parallel program of Semaine de la Critique, and after the premiere, the teams happily celebrated the successful presentation.
"We are satisfied with the positive reactions of the audience and proud that the film was shown alongside other excellent short films. The selection is very diverse, and non-linear and atypical forms prevail, which is an indication that it is good to dare to try new ways of telling film stories,'' said director and screenwriter Andrea Slaviček. With her in Cannes were several members of the team, led by the main actress Vida Tunguz and producer Katarina Prpić from the production company Antitalent.
"The fact that our film was selected in that selection shows that Croatian short cinematography really has something to show to the world, and that it not only follows world trends, but also imposes them," said producer Prpić.
We will all remember the premiere
And while in the short film we were represented by young forces, in the feature film the experienced actors Marija Škaričić and Duško Valentić found their place. The two have notable roles in the film Lost Country directed by Vladimir Perišić, whose minority Croatian co-producer is Ankica Jurić Tilić from the production company Kinorama.
"Today's experience was wonderful - strong and persistent applause, tears, a lot of emotions and a really wonderful audience reception. I think we will all remember this premiere and I am glad that we were part of this film", said Ankica Jurić Tilić after the world premiere.
The story of the movie Lost Country is set in Serbia in 1996. Student demonstrations against Milosević's regime are underway, and fifteen-year-old Stefan is facing the most difficult of all revolutions - he must confront his own beloved mother, the spokeswoman for the same corrupt government that his friends are fighting against. The film attracted the attention of world film magazines, which published their first impressions.
"This impressive film works as a coming-of-age story, an examination of Balkan generational guilt, and a vibrant portrait of a career politician. It is Vladimir Perišić's personal work - his mother worked for Milošević, although not in a high-ranking role," Wendy Ide wrote for Screen Daily.
"Lost Country is a painful film, shot with an emotional reserve that suggests the torrents of sadness that flow just below the surface; It's just a pity that when these emotions appear, they seem too smooth and simple to sound perfectly true or fully justify an extremely difficult situation", wrote Elena Lazić from the film portal Cineuropa.