Zagreb Film Festival opens with Juraj´s Lerotic "A Safe Place"
Winner of Sarajevo Film Festival opens ZFF
On Sunday, October 23, the 20th edition of the Zagreb Film Festival began in the SC Cinema. This year, ZFF presents 115 films from all over the world in 11 programs in 8 days, which hosts a number of distinguished regional and world-known people from film industry.
The emphasis of the main program is on debut and other films by authors from all over the world, and the special feature of the 20th Edition is a record number of debuts by domestic authors. The festival opened on Sunday at 8 P.M. at the SC Cinema with the premiere of the Croatian film „A Safe Place“ by Juraj Lerotić in the presence of the film's director and crew. From Tuesday to Thursday afternoon (1:00 P.M.) and evening (9:00 P.M.) you can watch that movie at Tuškanac. Viewers can expect the premieres of local films: Josip Žuvan's Garbur, Tragovi by Dubravka Turić and Uncle by the director duo Kapac-Mardešić, which will be personally presented to the audience by the authors.
ZFF brings a number of relevant world names to Zagreb, from Cristian Travaglioli, the European Oscar-winning editor of Paolo Sorrentino's visual masterpieces, and Zlatko Burić, the Croatian-Danish actor (Diler, Slatke prljave stvari, Ne gledaj mi u pijat, Triangle of Sadness), who will hold masterclass lectures at the ZFF, to Colm Bairéad, the Irish director, who will present his debut film The Quiet Girl, a classic story in the Irish language that has already melted the hearts of many viewers.
International guests will be joined by a number of regional and Croatian authors, actors and professionals such as director Teona Strugar Mitevska (The Happiest Man in the World), director Pjer Žalica (Labour Day), whose film Gori Vatra opened the first edition of the Zagreb Film Festival 20 years ago, Miki Manojlović (Uncle), Ksenija Marinković, Maria Škaričić (Tragovi), Ivana Roščić (Uncle, Garbur), Goran Marković and Snježana Sinovčić (A Safe Place) and many others.
Zagreb Film Festival is a place where everyone can find a film for themselves, from the stories of Empress Sisi (Corset) and the literary meditation on friendship (Eight Mountains) to Queer-themed films like Pakistani Oscar Nominee Joyland and the drama Wet Sand. European film lovers will be delighted by ZFF's Adriatic Region Festival Network program, which brings four films with distinctive and fresh stories to the Museum of Contemporary Art and online, from Radu Muntean's brilliant bittersweet Romanian satire Întregalde, which questions the limits of human kindness, to the charming Portuguese film about growing up, witchcraft and sadness of Alma Viva.
The competitive part of the Zagreb Film Festival program ends on Saturday with the announcement of the winner and the screening of the Cannes winning film, Ruben Östlund's Triangle of Sadness, the film screenings continue on Sunday, October 30. The festival is held at five locations in the city: Tuškanac, SC and Kinoteka, the MSU and Dokukin KIC, as well as online at kinoeuropa.hr and croatian.film.
The Zagreb Film Festival is financially supported by the City Office for Culture, Intercity and International Cooperation and Civil Society, the Croatian Audiovisual Center, Creative Europe - MEDIA subprogram and the Zagreb Tourist Board. The main sponsor of the festival is INA.
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