The selected films are:
A Good Wife, Mirjana Karanović, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia (Sundance Film Festival 2016, Goteborg Film Festival 2016, FEST 2016 - Best Female Role; Politika's Award, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016)
Chevalier, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Greece (Locarno Film Festival 2015, Sarajevo Film Festival 2015 - Special Jury Mention, Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actor - All Cast, London Film Festival 2015 - Grand Prix)
Family Film, Olmo Omerzu, Czech Republic, Germany, Slovenia, France, Slovak Republic (San Sebastian Film Festival 2015)
Full Contact, David Verbeek, Netherlands, Croatia (Toronto Film Festival 2015, Chicago International Film Festival 2015 - Best Cinematography; Best Actress, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2016, Rotterdam International Film Festival 2016)
Houston, We Have a Problem!, Žiga Virc, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany, Czech Republic, Qatar (Tribeca Film Festival 2016)
In Your Dreams, Petr Oukropec, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Bulgaria (Berlinale - Generation 2016)
Illegitimate, Adrian Sitaru, Romania, Poland, France (Berlinale 2016 - C.I.C.A.E. Art Cinema Award)
Interruption, Yorgos Zois, Greece, France, Croatia (Venice Film Festival – Orizzonti 2015, Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2015, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2016)
Lazar, Svetozar Ristovski, Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria, France (Warsaw Film Festival 2015., Montpellier Film Festival 2015.)
Lilly and the magic Pearl, Anri Koulev, Monaco, Bulgaria, France (International Gold Panda Awards for Animation 2015 - Best International Animated Feature, Montreal International Children's Film Festival 2016)
Sparrows, Rúnar Rúnarsson, Iceland, Denmark, Croatia (San Sebastián International Film Festival 2015 - Golden Shell for Best Film, Toronto International Film Festival 2015, Chicago International Film Festival 2015 - Silver Hugo, São Paulo International Film Festival 2015 - Best Film, Best Screenplay, Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2015 - Artistic Achievement Award, Les Arcs European Film Festival 2015 - Crystal Arrow for Best Film, Best Actor, Best DOP, the press Prize, Göteborg Film Festival 2016 - FIPRESCI Award, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016)
The Dreamd Ones, Ruth Beckermann, Austria (Berlinale 2016, Diagonale 2016 - Grand Prix)
A GOOD WIFE (Dobra žena)
DIRECTOR: Mirjana Karanović
PRODUCER: Snežana Penev
After thirty years of marriage, the heroine Milena (50) discovers a secret about her husband that forces her to make a decision whether to continue to live hiding the truth from herself, or leave everything that was previously acquired and start a new chapter, which is pretty scary at her age.
Mirjana Karanović (1957) is a Serbian actress known for many important roles. She made her first screen appearance in Srđan Karanović’s film Petria’s Wreath. Her world fame came with the role of the mother in Emir Kusturica’s When Father Was Away on Business. One of her most significant roles was that of Esma in Jasmila Žbanić’s Grbavica (Golden Bear for best film at Berlinale). This role garnered her a nomination for the European Film Academy Award in 2006. A Good Wife marks Mirjana’s directorial debut.
2016 94'5" Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia
DIRECTOR: Athina Rachel Tsangari
PRODUCERS: Maria Hatzakou, Athina Rachel Tsangari
In the middle of the Aegean Sea, on a luxury yacht, six men on a fishing trip decide to play a game. During this game, things will be compared. Things will be measured. Songs will be butchered, and blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals and rivals will become hungry. But at the end of the voyage, when the game is over, the man who wins will be the best man. And he will wear upon his littlest finger the victorious signet ring: the Chevalier.
Athina Rachel Tsangari (1966) studied theatre at New York University before obtaining her M.F.A. in film production at the University of Texas. The Slow Business of Going (2000) was her feature debut, followed by Attenberg (2010) and The Capsule (2012).
2015 99' Greece
Locarno Film Festival 2015, Sarajevo Film Festival 2015 (Special Jury Mention; Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actor – All Cast), London Film Festival 2015 (Grand Prix)
FAMILY FILM (Rodinný film)
DIRECTOR: Olmo Omerzu
PRODUCER: Jiří Konečný
A husband and wife set sail across the ocean, leaving their two children to explore the freedom of being home alone. The boat goes under, and so does the family. A dog, stuck on a desert island, is their only hope.
Olmo Omerzu (1984, Ljubljana) directed his first short film Almir at the age of thirteen. In 2004 he enrolled at the Prague Film Academy FAMU. In 2011 he graduated with his first full-length film A Night Too Young. In 2013, Omerzu won a RWE – Discovery of the Year Award for the best newcomer at the Czech Film Critics' Awards.
2015 95’ Czech Republic, Germany, Slovenia, France, Slovakia
San Sebastian Film Festival 2015
DIRECTOR: David Verbeek
PRODUCER: Eva Eisenloeffel, Leontine Petit, Joost de Vries
Full Contact is a contemporary tale of a man who accidentally bombed a school through a remotely operated drone plane. Ivan, operating the plane from a faraway air force base, has never been to the foreign countries of his attacks, nor has he ever touched the plane he uses to kill. Modern warfare keeps him safe and disconnected from his prey. However, after this incident Ivan’s disconnectedness starts to apply to everything in his life. He is unable to get the men he killed out of his head and from there on the narrative melts down to become a road movie of the subconscious.
David Verbeek (1980) is a Dutch filmmaker. He graduated from the Amsterdam Film Academy. He has directed the features Beat (2004), Shanghai Trance (2008), R U There (2010), Club Zeus (2011) and How to Describe a Cloud (2013).
2015 105' Netherlands, Croatia
Toronto Film Festival 2015, Chicago International Film Festival 2015 - Best Cinematography; Best Actress, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2016, Rotterdam International Film Festival 2016
HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM! (Houston, imamo problem!)
DIRECTOR: Žiga Virc
The cold war, the space race, and NASA’s moon landing are landmark events that defined an era. But they are also fodder for conspiracy theories. In Houston, We Have a Problem! filmmaker Žiga Virc adds new material to the discussion on both fronts. This intriguing docufiction explores the myth of the secret multi-billion-dollar deal behind America’s purchase of Yugoslavia’s clandestine space program in the early 1960s.
Film and television director Žiga Virc (1987) graduated from the Academy of Theatre, Radio and Television in Ljubljana. His short film Trieste is Ours was among the five finalists for the Student Academy Awards 2010. Virc has directed numerous award-winning commercials, documentary and fiction works. His work is characterized by a combination of a dramatic visual style and a detailed approach, making it appealing to a wide audience.
2016 88' Slovenia, Croatia, Germany, Czech Republic, Qatar
IN YOUR DREAMS! (Ani ve snu)
DIRECTOR: Petr Oukropec
2016 79’ Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Bulgaria
Berlinale – Generation 2016
DIRECTOR: Adrian Sitaru
PRODUCER: Anamaria Antoci
Two siblings and an illegitimate love. A father who’s a doctor and several accusations. A family in which no one ever drew a line between what’s moral and what’s legal. Not even when it comes to abortion.
Adrian Sitaru (1971) completed studies in Film and TV Directing in 2003 at the University of Bucharest. In 2008 he made his debut feature film, Pescuit Sportif. This is his fourth feature film.
2016 89' Romania, Poland, France
Berlinale 2016 – Forum (CICAE Art Cinema Award)
DIRECTOR: Yorgos Zois
PRODUCER: Maria Drandaki
A postmodern theatre adaptation of a classic Greek tragedy takes place in a central theatre of Athens. Like every night, the audience take their seats and the play begins. Suddenly, the lights on stage go out. A group of young people, dressed in black and carrying guns, come up on stage. They apologise for the interruption and invite people from the audience to participate on stage. The play resumes with a main difference; life imitates art and not the opposite.
Yorgos Zois (Athens, 1982) presented his debutant short film Casus Belli at the 2010 Venice Film Festival. His second short film Out of Frame was premiered at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, winning the European Film Award for best European short film. Interruption marks his feature directorial debut.
2015 110'21" Greece, France, Croatia
Venice Film Festival – Orizzonti 2015, Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2015, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2016
DIRECTOR: Svetozar Ristovski
PRODUCERS: Svetozar Ristovski, Igor A. Nola
Present day Macedonia. Lazar works as a “bait” who distracts the police, and overlooks the transfer of illegal immigrants across the border with the EU. Intelligent and discreet, he lives under the patronage of the local mobster, and is able to support his family with the money he makes from the trafficking. He falls in love with a young student, and he starts to contemplate changing his life. Reluctantly, he brings in his brother in law, Toni, to join the smuggling gang. Toni is responsible for the drowning of one of the immigrants, Lazar has to make the impossible decision.
Svetozar Ristovski (Velež, 1972) graduated Film and TV Directing at the St Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. Films: Joy of Life (2001), Mirage (2004), Dear Mr Gacy (2009). In 2014, he co-produced Croatian film These Are The Rules by Ognjen Sviličić.
2015 100' Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria, France
Warsaw Film Festival 2015., Montpellier Film Festival 2015
LILLY AND THE MAGIC PEARL
DIRECTOR: Anri Koulev
Little Lilly, standing inside the telephone box on the beach, is listening to a fairytale, which takes her to the sea bottom where she meets the ugly monster – the fish Gillion – and together, they set off looking for the magic pearl.
Anri Koulev (1949) worked in an animation film production studio Boyana as a director, art director and scriptwriter. Since 1992 he owns Koulev Film Production. Features: The Death of the Rabbit (1980), Zaches (2010), etc.
2015 75’ Monaco, Bulgaria, France
International Gold Panda Awards for Animation 2015 (Best International Animated Feature), Montreal International Children’s Film Festival 2016
DIRECTOR: Rúnar Rúnarsson
PRODUCERS: Mikkel Jersin, Rúnar Rúnarsson
Sparrows is a journey from innocence to adulthood. It takes place during a summer in a remote, Icelandic fishing village, which is in decline. During the nights at this time of the year, it is a place where the sun does not set. 16-year old boy Ari has been living with his mother in Reykjavik and is suddenly sent back to the remote Westfjords to live with his father Gunnar. There, he has to navigate a difficult relationship with his father, and he finds his childhood friends changed. In these hopeless and declining surroundings, Ari has to step up and find his way.
Rúnar Rúnarsson (Reykjavík, 1977) made his feature film debut at the Directors Fortnight in Cannes 2011 with Volcano. He was nominated for the Oscars in 2006 (The Last Farm), the Palme d’Or in Cannes 2008 and the European Film Awards in 2008 (2 Birds).
2015 99' Iceland, Dennmark, Croatia
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2015 - Golden Shell for Best Film, Toronto International Film Festival 2015, Chicago International Film Festival 2015 - Silver Hugo, São Paulo International Film Festival 2015 - Best Film, Best Screenplay, Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2015 - Artistic Achievement Award, Les Arcs European Film Festival 2015 - Crystal Arrow for Best Film, Best Actor, Best DOP, the press Prize, Göteborg Film Festival 2016 - FIPRESCI Award, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016
THE DREAMED ONES (Die Geträumten)
DIRECTOR: Ruth Beckermann
PRODUCER: Hanne Lassl
At center stage are the two poets, Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan, who came to know each other in post-war Vienna. Their dramatic postal exchange creates the textual basis of the film. Two young actors meet in a recording studio to read letters. The tumultuous emotions of proximity and distance, fascination and fear captivate them. However, they also enjoy each other’s company, arguing, smoking, discussing their tattoos and favourite music.
Ruth Beckermann (1952) studied Journalism and Art History in Vienna and Tel Aviv, and received her doctorate in 1977. In 1978 she (co-)founded the distribution company Filmladen in which she was active for seven years. In this period, she started to make films and write books. Since 1985 she works as a writer and filmmaker.
2016 89' Austria
Berlinale 2016, Diagonale 2016 (Grand Prix)