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Neighbours and Friends at the 62nd Pula

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)
, 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
SCREENPLAY: Mirjana Karanović, Stevan Filipović, Darko Lungulov
DOP: Erol Zubčević
EDITOR: Lazar Predojev
SOUND, MUSIC: Dejan Pejović
MAKE-UP: Tina Šubic
LEAD ACTRESS: Mirjana Karanović
LEAD ACTOR: Boris Isaković
SUPPORTING ACTRESSES: Jasna Đuričić, Ksenija Marinković, Hristina Popović, Anđelika Simić, Olivera Viktorović, Isidora Simijonović, Zinaida Dedakin
SUPPORTING ACTORS: Bojan Navojec, Vlado Kerošević, Ermin Bravo, Jovan Belobrković

PRODUCER: Snežana Penev
PRODUCTION: This & That Productions (RS)
CO-PRODUCERS: Siniša Juričić, Jasmila Žbanić, Damir Ibrahimović
CO-PRODUCTION: Nukleus film (HR), Deblokada (BA), Cineplanet (RS)
DISTRIBUTION: Nukleus film
WORLD SALES: Films Boutique

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
feature film, drama

First feature

Sundance Film Festival 2016, Goteborg Film Festival 2016, FEST 2016 (Best Female Role; Politika's Award), Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016


CHEVALIER (Chevalier)

DIRECTOR: Athina Rachel Tsangari
SCREENPLAY: Efthimis Filippou, Athina Rachel Tsangari
DOP: Christos Karamanis
EDITOR: Matt Johnson, Yorgos Mavropsaridis
SOUND: Leandros Ntounis
MUSIC: Marilena Orfanou
CAST: Yorgos Kendros, Panos Koronis, Vangelis Mourikis, Makis Papadimitriou, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Sakis Rouvas

PRODUCERS: Maria Hatzakou, Athina Rachel Tsangari
PRODUCTION: Faliro House
CO-PODUCTION: Haos Film, Nova, The Match Factory
WORLD SALES: The Match Factory

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
SCREENPLAY: Olmo Omerzu, Nebojša Pop-Tasić
DOP: Lukáš Milota
EDITOR: Janka Vlčková
SOUND: Florian Marquardt
CAST: Karel Roden, Vanda Hybnerová, Daniel Kadlec, Jenovéfa Boková, Eliška Křenková, Martin Pechlát

PRODUCER: Jiří Konečný
PRODUCTION: endorfilm
CO-PRODUCERS: Eike Goreczka, Christoph Kukula, Boštjan Ikovič, Nadia Turincev, Julie Gayet, Ivan Ostrochovský
CO-PRODUCTION: 42film (DE) Česká televize (CZ), Arsmedia (SI), Rouge International (FR), Punkchart films (SK)

In cooperation with Film Festival Finále Plzeň/Pilsen

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
SCREENPLAY: David Verbeek
DOP: Frank van den Eeden
EDITOR: Sander Vos
SOUND: Hrvoje Petek, Peter Warnier
MUSIC: David Boulter
MAKE-UP: Ana Bulajić-Črček
LEAD ACTRESS: Lizzie Brochere
LEAD ACTORS: Gregoire Colin, Slimane Dazi
SUPPORTING ACTORS: Gregoire Colin, Slimane Dazi, Adlan Abdelmongy, Adlan Elsayed, Yahya Bushara, Abdalla Abdelrahem, Robert Jozinović, Codie Ciuk, Marko Mance

PRODUCER: Eva Eisenloeffel, Leontine Petit, Joost de Vries
PRODUCTION: Lemming Film (NL)
CO-PRODUCERS: Siniša Juričić, Peter Warnier
CO-PRODUCTION: Jaako dobra produkcija, Nukleus film (HR), Wild at Art (NL)
DISTRIBUTION: Nukleus film

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 
feature film, drama

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!)

SCREENPLAY: Žiga Virc, Boštjan Virc
DOP: Andrej Virc
EDITOR: Vladimir Gojun
SOUND: Matjaž Moraus Zdešar, Julij Zornik
MAKE-UP: Ivana Pralija

PRODUCER: Boštjan Virc
PRODUCTION: Studio Virc (SI), Nukleus film (HR), Sutor Kolonko (DE)
CO-PRODUCERS: Siniša Juričić, Ingmar Trost, Hanka Kastelicova, Jutta Krug, Jaka Hemler
CO-PRODUCTION: HBO Europe, RTV Slovenija (SI), WDR (DE),
DISTRIBUTION: Nukleus film
WORLD SALES: Studio 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 
feature docu-fiction

First feature

Tribeca Film Festival 2016


IN YOUR DREAMS! (Ani ve snu)

DIRECTOR: Petr Oukropec
DOP: Tomáš Sysel
EDITOR: Jakub Hejna
SOUND: Richard Müller
MUSIC: Filip Míšek
CAST: Barbora Štikarová, Toman Rychtera, Klára Melišková, Ivan Martinka, Jan Vondráček, Jáchym Novotný, Veronika Pouchová, Adam Mišík, Martina Kavanová

PRODUCERS: Petr Oukropec, Pavel Strnad
CO-PRODUCERS: Silvia Panáková, Erik Panák, Borislav Chouchkov, Viktor Chouchkov, Helena Uldrichová
CO-PRODUCTION: Arina (SK), Chouchkov Brothers (BG), Česká televize (CZ)

Only a few girls practice the art of parkour – running and somersaulting over rooftops, free-climbing up rusted scaffolding and leaping from one wall to the next. Laura takes it all in her stride. Though as she wildly races through the streets of Prague, her thoughts are running wild too. She has a crush on Luky, she has problems with her best friend and her mother is desperately looking for someone new. Sometimes, when she can’t take it anymore, fantasy worlds evolve.

Petr Oukropec (1972, Prague) with Pavel Strnad, established a production company Negativ. They produced more than 30 feature films. Since 2003 he has been lecturing at Department of Production at Prague’s FAMU. He works with kids and non-actors in his private theatre Zmrzlik. In 2012 he directed his first film Blue Tiger.

2016 79’ Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Bulgaria 

Berlinale – Generation 2016



DIRECTOR: Adrian Sitaru
SCREENPLAY: Adrian Sitaru, Alina Grigore
DOP: Adrian Silișteanu, Alexandru Timoșca
EDITOR: Mircea Olteanu, Théo Lichtenberger
COSTUME DESIGNER: Marian Vasilescu
SOUND: Ioan Filip, Dan-Ștefan Rucăreanu
MUSIC:  The Amsterdams
CAST: Alina Grigore, Robi Urs, Bogdan Albulescu, Adrian Titieni, Cristina Olteanu, Miruna, Liviu Vizitiu

PRODUCER: Anamaria Antoci
PRODUCTION: Domestic Film
CO-PRODUCER: Stanisław Dziedzic, Klaudia Śmieja, Yohann Cornu
CO-PRODUCTION: Film Produkcja, Damned Films
WORLD SALES: Versatile

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
SCREENPLAY: Yorgos Zois, Vasilis Kyriakopoulos
DOP: Yannis Kanakis
EDITOR: Yannis Chalkiadakis
COSTUME DESIGNER: Zorana Meić, Eva Goulakou
SOUND: Hrvoje Petek, Alexandros Sidiropoulos, Aris Louziotis, Hervé Buirette
MUSIC: Sylvain Chauveau MASKA MAKE-UP Anne-Valérie Chiabaut
LEAD ACTOR: Alexandros Vardaxoglou
SUPPORTING ACTRESSES: Sofia Kokkali, Romanna Lobats, Angeliki Margeti, Natassa Brouzioti, Maria Kallimani, Areti Seidaridou, Elena Topalidou, Maria Filini, Daphne Ioakimidou-Patakia, Alexia Kaltsiki, Effi Rabsilber
SUPPORTING ACTORS: Pavlos Iordanopoulos, Hristos Karteris, Aineias Tsamatis, Constantinos Voudouris, Spyros Sidiras, Christos Sougaris, Alexandros Sotiriou, Vasilis Andreou, Christos Stergioglou, Labros Filippou, Nikos Flessas

PRODUCER: Maria Drandaki
PRODUCTION: Pan Entertainment (GR)
CO-PRODUCERS: Elie Meiroviz, Siniša Juričić
CO-PRODUCTION: EZ Films (FR), Jaako dobra produkcija, Nukleus film (HR)
DISTRIBUTION: Nukleus film

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
feature film, drama 

First feature

Venice Film Festival – Orizzonti 2015, Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2015, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2016



DIRECTOR: Svetozar Ristovski
SCREENPLAY: Svetozar Ristovski, Grace Lea Troje
DOP: Dejan Dimeski
EDITOR: Atanas Georgiev, Benoit Delbove
COSTUME DESIGNER: Nevena Čaklović, Katarina Kolimbatović
SOUND: Srđan Kurpijel, Igor Popovski
MUSIC: Tuomas Kantelinen
MAKE-UP: Mojca Gorogranc
LEAD ACTRESS: Nataša Petrović
LEAD ACTORA: Vedran Živolić
SUPPORTING ACTRESSES: Krasimira Kuzmanova, Violeta Sapkovska
SUPPORTING ACTORS: Goran Navojec, Dejan Lilić, Toni Mihajlovski

PRODUCERS: Svetozar Ristovski, Igor A. Nola
PRODUCTION: Small Moves Films (MK)
CO-PRODUCERS: Galina Toneva, Kiril Kirilov, Guillaume De Seille
CO-PRODUCTION: Gala Film (BG), Arizona Productions (FR), MP Film Production (HR)
WORLD SALES: Arizona Films

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 
feature film, drama

Warsaw Film Festival 2015., Montpellier Film Festival 2015



DIRECTOR: Anri Koulev
SCREENPLAY: Valeri Petrov
DOP: Svetla Ganeva
EDITOR: Svetla Ganeva
ANIMATION: Nikolay Kyuchukov, Miroslava Yankova, Verginiya Ivanova
SPECIAL EFFECTS: Yasen Ruskov, Konstantin Dimitrov, Martin Marchev
SOUND: Ivailo Yanev, Rumiana Stoyanova
MUSIC: Lubomir Denev

PRODUCERS: Cédric Biscay, Kosta Yanev, Adrian Georguiev
PRODUCTION: Shibuya Productions (MC), Frame Productions (BG), Caribara Animation (FR)
WORLD SALES: Shibuya Productions

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
animated film

International Gold Panda Awards for Animation 2015 (Best International Animated Feature), Montreal International Children’s Film Festival 2016


SPARROWS (Þrestir)

DIRECTOR: Rúnar Rúnarsson
SCREENPLAY: Rúnar Rúnarsson
DOP: Sophia Olsson
EDITOR: Jacob Secher Schulsinger
SOUND: Gunnar Oskarsson
MUSIC: Kjartan Sveinsson
MAKE-UP: Áslaug D. Sigurðardóttir
LEAD ACTRESS: Ingvar E. Sigurðsson
LEAD ACTOR Atli Óskar Fjalarsson
SUPPORTING ACTRESSES: Kristbjörg Kjeld, Rakel Björk Björnsdóttir

PRODUCERS: Mikkel Jersin, Rúnar Rúnarsson
PRODUCTION: Nimbus Film (DN), Nimbus Iceland (IS), Halibut Iceland (IS)
CO-PRODUCERS: Igor A. Nola, Lilja Ósk Snorradóttir
CO-PRODUCTION: MP Film Productions (HR), Pegasus Pictures (IS)
WORLD SALES: Versatile

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 
feature film, drama

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
SCREENPLAY: Ina Hartwig, Ruth Beckermann
DOP: Johannes Hammel
EDITOR: Dieter Pichler
SOUND: Georg Misch
CAST: Anja Plaschg, Laurence Rupp

PRODUCER: Hanne Lassl
PRODUCTION: Ruth Beckermann Filmproduktion
DISTRIBUTION: Austrian Films

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)



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