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Sarajevo Under the Sun

15th Sarajevo Film Festival this year celebrates a small jubilee. So among many celebrates this year the festival will record visits of an important guests such as Mickey Rourke, Gillian Anderson, James Nesbitt, Kerry Fox, Tamar Novas etc...This aspiring regional festival once again creates regional place to celebrate and promote film, regional cinematography, in order to affirm young and new film expression and to establish a professional platform for the experience exchange and valid film reso...

Metastasis Metastasize 3 Golden Arenas

The most famous and very historically important monument in Pula, Croatia, the old Roman Amphitheater, today is the venue for summer performances, which can seat about 5,000 spectators and the underground passages, once used by the gladiators, nowadays hosts the Croatian National Film Festival. Popularly called Arena of Pula, which was once the site of gladiator bloodthirsty fights, 18th till 25th of July held on the fight of the Croatian filmmakers. This starting and ending point of every sight...

Lars von Trier’s Antichrist on Sarajevo Film Festival

Sarajevo Film Festival, which takes place from Aug 12 to 20, has announced the Panorama section programmed by regular Screen critic Howard Feinstein. The titles selected are: Another Man (Switzerland) Lionel Baier, Antichrist (Denmark) Lars Von Trier, Bronson (UK) Nicolas Winding Refn, Daniel & Ana (Mexico/Spain) Michel Franco, Fear Me Not (Denmark) Kristian Levring, The Fly (Russia) Vladimir Kott, Goodbye Solo (USA) Ramin Bahrani, Laila’s Birthday (Palestine) Rashid Masharawi, Love Expo...

Here and There in Japan

Serbian film Here and There, directed by Serbian director Darko Lungulov has its premier on Skip City International Festival in Japan, selected for the official World Cinema Competition. Japan’s Skip City International D-Cinema Festival has unveiled the line-up for a new section and awards created to support digital film. The 12-title World Cinema section includes Israeli drama Valentina’s Mother competes as an international premiere while New York-set Serbian ...

Winterbottom’s Shining Star of Macedonian Sun

Born in Skopje, Macedonia, Labina Mitevska studied in the faculty of Art and Archaeology at the University of Sts Cyril and Methodius, as well as at the European Film College in Denmark and the University of Arizona's Department of Art History. Ever since she has been chosen by European Film Promotion as one of Europe's sixteen "Shooting Stars" of 1998 at the 48th annual Berlin International Film Festival, she is marking her way up-and-coming actress for the future. Admitted to the Eur...

Open Air Cinema City

First open air film festival in Serbia, Cinema City has been closed Sunday in ovation of the mainly young audience, with ceremony awards and at the end and a big drunken haze party in evening. No doubt that organizer, Exit did pretty much to cheer and entertain Novi Sad. Taking the fact that this pretty large and beautiful Serbian City has no cinema, the festival organized first open air cinema in Serbia. The festival fulfilled total capacity with total sale of tickets, with all open air sits...

Serbia’s Cinema City

Imagine the picturesque little town with an interesting architecture mixture on Balkan and imagine the place full of pretty women. Now you imagine the festivity town and beautiful weather, and how actually looks the place where Exit Festival happens (the most famous music festival on Balkan). The place is called Novi Sad and it is settled in a little country called Serbia. Well, this festivity is called the Cinema City and is pretty new i...

Swiss director Lionel Baier's satirical tale

“Un autre home” (“Another Man”) is the only Swiss movie made in years I guess, to be showed in any festival program really. Before FEST in Belgrade, the film dragged attention on Lorcano Film Festival, in August last year, when it celebrated its world premiere. At first you think:  it’s a French movie, but if you look twice you might give a second thought.  The rights to the movie are French, but the film is actually Swiss. Another small cinematography. “Another Man” is...

Skolimowski On Tour

Skolimowski tours this year all major international film festivals in Eastern Europe and wider, visiting Belgrade International Film Festival FEST with his "Four Nights With Anna" about obsessive-love drama. A filmmaker who already turned 70 has been absent from the filmmaking profession for almost two decades. But good reviews, and distinction pleasure of being Cannes' Directors' Fortnight opener last year, has opened the doors for him worldwide. His last two decades, he...

Chereau’s Dominique Blanc on FEST09

37th FEST International Film Festival  hosted Dominique Blanc, one of the most acknowledged French actresses of today. As a winner of Cesar Award, this remarkable woman presented herself with two newest films “The Other One”( ”L’Autre”) and “One Day You Will Understand” (”Plus tard, tu comprendras”). For her latest film “The Other One” Blanc won the Volpi Cup Award at the Venice Film Festival. The award was taken for character of Anne-Marie, where Blan...

FEST09-A Higher State of Mind

Our need to express and create is powerful. It provokes experimentation and inspires artistic cultural expressions such as visual art and film. On a daily basis we are bombarded with messages and advertising, and we are able to think critically and analyze them. So, it is with film in every country in the region of ex Yugoslavia on Balkan today that has its own characteristics, recognizable by its style and aesthetics. And each one appeals on a certain type of audience. FEST 2009 – The Inter...

FEST09 Sons of Croatia

When it comes to Balkan Film, political thriller is just a genre that would actually puzzle and attract lots of attention, if nothing then out of curiosity. This year International Film Festival FEST in Belgrade definitely brought out more of great films of nowadays Croatian Cinematography. Croatian director Arsen Ostojić holds a BA in film directing from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb and MFA in filmmaking from New York University and by now, has a...

Cyndi Lauper-Belgrade - New York

The International Film Festival in Belgrade glamorously enclosed pretty interesting, with a Serbian narrative feature film directed by Darko Lungulov, “Here&There”  The film features a well known pop diva from 80s Cyndi Lauper and her husband, a big budget actor David Thornton. Beside an exquisite American crew, this film features a great name of a Serbian film Mirjana Karanovic and right now, expects a great World Premier on Tribeca Film Festi...

FEST09-The Guilt and Shame

  Ralph Fiennes 20th of February 2009, FEST-International Film Festival, Belgrade   A year 2009 has got a great honor for FEST-Belgrade International Film Festival to have such a distinguished guest Ralph Fiennes to open the festival. Ralph Fiennes has visited Belgrade firstly to look for a convenient location where he is going to direct his first film, Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus”, the same time next year. Among the rest the film directed by Stephen Daldry “The Reader...

FEST 2009-Ralph Fiennes in Belgrade

Magnificent Ralph Fiennes on premier of “The Reader” opened 37th FEST the International Belgrade Film Festival 20th of February - 1st March.    This year, FEST made it through successfully with about 100 000 tickets sold. And with its organization style, festival managed to achieve goals and aimed to influence cinema goers, with leading cinematography novelties, competitive program Europe out of Europe and a producer’s business- gathering program B2B. Maximum qu...

New Film Festival-Malice and Fear in Croatia

New Author Film Festival in Belgrade Serbia screened Croatian film “Kino Lika”. This time it is praised and brand new film by younger generation Croatian film director Dalibor Matanic. The film awarded in Montpellier really have captured attention of well known Belgrade’s film critics was already screened at 14 Sarajevo Film Festival and Pula Film Festival and ever since it won a loads of attention and by now it has been shown in Belgrade Cinema. This is a fifth feature by Dal...

Author Film Festival- The Skin Dutch

Keep Touch with The Skin Dutch    According of one of aspects of the The Festival of New Author Films in Belgrade Serbia, festival’s policy of renewing classical patterns of film narrative in the changed technological and civilization context we had the pleasure to see sort of renewed films. One of such is “Skin” based on true events and set in 1979, and is the tragic story of a boy who fights with a father traumatized by the Holocaust. The first feature length movie won 2...

A New Author Film Festival - Anspach' s Loopy Comedy

Beside Steve McQueen’s feature debut “Hunger” that share the main Aleksandar Sasa Petrovic Prize of A New Author Film Festival in Belgrade Serbia the Kazakh’s film “Tulpan” directed by Sergej Dvortsevoy the festival presented so much more of just winning laureate. Established 14 years ago, A New Author Film Festival in Belgrade had the intention to familiarize Belgrade with the world cinematography. Regarding that one of the honored guest of festival was Icelander Solv...

A New Author Film Festival - Lynch Wenders and Madonna

Lets not forget that this festival, established 14 years ago, the Festival of New Author Films in Belgrade Serbia honouring the different type of festival audience respecting two aspects: looking at the new possibilities of motion picture expressions and renewing classical patterns of film narrative in the changed technological and civilization context. Beside the homage showcase of  Zivojin Pavlovic one of the most important Serbian filmmakers and the French philosopher and most...

Ogresta – Behind the Glass- No Typical Croatian Film

On the territory of Balkan, in countries of ex Yugoslavia, it is beyond the doubt a miracle to see film that deals on every day subject of a contemporary life we all are living in. One Croatian film director does that really well. I’m talking about film director and professor of Drama Academy in Zagreb Zrinko Ogresta. He deals with no past civil war; no Balkan politics toward rest of the world, no war crimes, no people trafficking, but ordinary people and ordinary life, on such manner that any...

Zagreb Film Festival As It Once Was

In the mid- to late '70s, the punk rock explosion found a growing number of young musicians throwing off the constraints of big-budget production and 70s glamour as they struggled to bring rock & roll back to its rebellious roots. Other key synthpop influenced groups and artists from the early-mid 1980s include Eurythmics, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Tears for Fears, Pet Shop Boys, New Order, Ultravox, Human Leaque, The Cure etc… In overall lessons of punk began to loose it, another breed of mu...

Bosnian film on Zagreb Film Festival 2008

6th Zagreb Film Festival hosted Aida Begic, Bosnian female film director, with her post war story “Snijeg” (“Snow”). Her first film “Snow” is actually pretty narrative feature, and is a winner of The 2008 Cannes Critic’s Week Grand Prize. It’s a story about the recent blood stain of ex Yugoslavian Bosnian history-the massacre of Bosnian Moslem. The traumatic impact of which is still being felt by its widowed and orphaned survivors. Even if the film is v...

Zagreb Film Festival Golden Bear for Serbia

Stefan Arsenijevic’s “Love and Other Crimes” on Zagreb Film Festival 2008 represented Serbian film. On one way, generally speaking, it’s a typical Serbian film, showing general depressive atmosphere in Serbia nowadays, with alienated people, spared from direct impact of a civil war but self-destructive on the other way.  As it is a Serbian/German/Austrian/Slovenian co-production film still represents Serbia.  It is happening in Belgrade’s so call...

Zagreb Film Festival Golden Pram and Golden Lion to Slovenia

Every country in the region of ex Yugoslavia today has its own characteristics, recognizable by its style and aesthetics. And each one appeals on a certain type of audience. But the things that all ex Yugoslavian films have in common are serious lack of finances and a past civil war as theme.   Jan Cvitkovič is an established film director from Slovenia, who already won Golden Lion Award in Venice on Mostra 2001 for his feature film, "Kruh i mliko". Cvitkovič’s film &quo...

Zagreb Film Festival Golden Pram for Rumba

On 6th Zagreb Film Festival ( on the merit of this years Jury (Marit Kapla-Director of the Goteborg Film Festival, Sejla Kameric-film director and Nadine Luque-film producer) this year’s programme for feature and shorts offered hilarious Belgian Chaplin style feature “Rumba”. This film won The Golden Pram Award for Best Feature Film and it is directed by Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy. It’s a choreographic and physical movement film that resemble...

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