FEATURE FILM SELECTION
WINTER FIREFLIES (2022)
In the center of this story is an old man on last days of his life.
His memories goes back years ago, when he acted with three friends in his “Bar Café”, placed in an isolated valley in North Albania.
The tension and the conflict between them raises when a young woman starts working in the bar. The older of the group, ‘Blade’ looks Afina as a money source. On the other side the relation Afina-Jackal is developing.
Afina and Jackal, left outside of the society try to support each other. The conflict between Afine-Jackal and the criminal group reaches its culmination when Afina is raped from three friends of Jackal.
At this point Jackal decides to end this nightmare between the group.They love eatch other, but when an argument erupts between them, Afina disappears.
Runtime:2 hours 29 minutes
Artur Gorishti - Director
Artur Gorishti - Writer
Artur Gorishti - Producer
Cast: Artur Gorishti,Luli Bitri, Agron Shala
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
FATHERS LAST WISH (2022)
The story begins in 1989 in a small village in central Bosnia, when 25-year-old Asad returns from law studies with the desire to marry his childhood sweetheart.
Not knowing that his son already has marriage plans, father Agan arranges his son's marriage to the father of another girl whom Asad does not even know.
After his father's sudden death, the whole village begins to remind Asad of his legacy to his father.
That's when boring daily life in the village becomes a dynamic and comical revelation of all the characters and their individual stories.
Runtime:1 hour 31 minutes
Mirza Begović- Director
Mirza Begović - Writer
Mirza Begović - Producer
Cast: Zlatan Školjić, Iva Filipović, Faketa Salihbegović-Avdagić, Nusmir Muharemović, Emina Muftić, Adem Smailhodžić, Irfan Kasumović, Mugdim Avdagić
Seven different stories about love in modern Greece, by people who seek it, find it, lose it....
Runtime:1 hour 34 minutes
Vassilis Mazomenos - Director
Vassilis Mazomenos - Writer
Vassilis Mazomenos - Producer
Panos Papadopoulos - Producer
Cast: Maria Zorba, Thodoris katsafados, Nefeli Kouri, Yannis Kokiasmenos, Vangelis Psomas,Angeliki Karistinou
SPECIAL OUT OF COMPETITION SCREENING
Directed by Radomir Saranovic. With Dragomir Bojanic-Gidra, Vladimir Popovic, Zurab Kapianidze, Valentin Nikulin.
1973, Yougoslavia (Montenegro)
Beginning in 1943. year. The tragic story of the prisoners... partisans and others who were found in a prison in Montenegro at the time when the Chetniks and the occupiers at all costs they want to crush the uprising in Yugoslavia.
CINEMA LOVE (2021)
The film follows Mira, a lawyer in trouble, who plants a bomb under the car of her brother Stevo on the day when Macedonia declares the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to save the family from disintegration. The plot gradually reveals a game full of misunderstandings, love and passion.
Stevo survives the assassination and a year later inaugurates a cinema theater called "Cinema Love", an idea and life dream of Mira's husband.
Runtime:1 hour 38 minutes
Jani Bojadzi - Director
Jani Bojadzi - Writer
Dejan Miloshevski - Producer
Cast: Jelena Žugić, Dejan Lilić, Robert Ristov, Mirjana Ristov, Blagoja Čorevski
Film VERA is a spy thriller with elements of melodrama.
The film is inspired by the true story of Vera Pešić (1919–1944), a WW2 spy dubbed by some people the Serbian Mata Hari.
The leading character of VERA is a young woman caught in the grip not only of a wartime espionage network but also of a patriarchal society in the Balkans swarming with powerful, arrogant men she bravely and brazenly deals with. The film gives a female point of view and addresses the position of women in a predominantly male world - both the traditional Balkan and the professional espionage. That is why VERA, first of all, is a women's film, a story about a woman in a man's world, and that is why it is relevant for the present moment: it is a possible and appropriate story even today, more than 70 years later.
Runtime:2 hours 7 minutes
Director – Nedeljko Kovačić
Producer – Danka Milošević
Script writers – Nedeljko Kovačić & Kristina Đuković
Director of Photography – Dušan Ivanović, SAS
Editing - Snežana Ivanović, Kristina Todorović & Tamara Kostić
Production Designer – Nevena Mijušković
Costume Designer – Nevena Milovanović
Make up Artist – Dubravka Bušatlija
Composer – Robert Pešut Magnifico
Sound Designer – Vladan Koki Korać
Cast:Jovana Stojiljković, Petar Zekavica, Aleksandar Srećković Kubura, Nikola Kojo, Viktor Savić
TRAIL OF THE BEAST (2022)
It is year 1979 in Eastern European country known as Yugoslavia, under the Communist regime’s rulership. YUGOSLAV is an ambitious journalist for a weekly magazine, striving to explore challenging stories despite the government’s strict control on the media.
Blagoje is a policeman from the National Security Service, facing retirement, broken by ill health and tormented by dreams of LAPOT - a local ritual in which sons kill their neglected fathers.
Yugoslav and Blagoye cross each others path as they both travel to Blagoye’s hometown in rural countryside to investigate an intriguingly brutal political murder that shook up local community.
Runtime:1 hour 45 min.
Director - Nenad Pavlović
Writers - Djordje Milosavljević, Nenad Pavlović, Dimitrije Vojnov
Based on the novels by Živojin Pavlović
Cast: Radivoje Bukvić, Predrag 'Miki' Manojlović, Nada Sargin
DESIRE IN YOU (2021)
Two young girl friends are spending summer days together while one of them is going through personal changes.
In the course of their everyday conversations, deeper layers of yearning and hidden corners of the human soul are slowly revealed to us.
Runtime:1 hour 18 minutes
Vid Merčun - Director
Vid Merčun - Writer
Vid Merčun - Producer
Cast: Zala Rojc, Hannah Koselj Marušić
RSVP (PLEASE RESPOND) (2022)
Semih and Ceren are about to get married. An hour before the ceremony starts, we find Semih and Mert (the best man) in the hotel room, where Semih does his last preps.
Mert is Semih's best friend. They first met during Work & Travel, where their friendship was strengthened. However, on his important day, Mert acts uneasy, questioning Semih if he has made the right choice. Right at that moment, Ceren rushes into the room, frantic with all the fuzz that comes with the wedding.
Ceren's visit prompts Mert to be more provocative and gradually he begins to interrogate the couple on fidelity. This questioning creates a tense atmosphere among the three, soon revealing the secret relationship between Semih and Mert.
Ceren, stunned hearing this, contemplates canceling the wedding- something Mert has been secretly wishing. However, this is not an easy decision, leaving the three discussing over the next hour with discussions become more heated as we learn that Ceren has also been unfaithful to Semih and that now she is pregnant though she claims the father is Semih.
Despite all the secrets and lies, Semih and Ceren decide to maintain the happy couple image and exit the room holding hands to be wedded, leaving Mert alone behind.
Runtime:1 hour 10 minutes
Erdi Isik - Writer
Ismet Kurtulus - Director
Kaan Arici - Director
Ftesa Hazrolli - Producer
Fery Baycu Guler - Producer
Cast:Cem Yigit Uzumoglu,Melisa Senolsun, Ushan CakirKey
CAGE:BETWEEN TWO BATTLES (2022)
Cage is the story of the transformation of a nationalist and macho man, defeated by the system, trying to heal the traumas of the war in his soul with other wounds, in the graveyard of the orphans, against the backdrop of a misty, cold and poor Istanbul.
Burak, who grew up in orphanages, is a former MMA cage fighter who lost his squad in the region where he voluntarily went during his compulsory military service and became a veteran by being injured on his face. Returning is not easy for him as he experiences post-traumatic stress disorder. He is thrown into loneliness and cannot establish a healthy relationship with himself or the outside world. Society does not show him the respect he thinks he deserves. Burak, who cannot hold on to life, withdraws himself by avoiding everything about war, violence and struggle, leaving his cage-fighting career completely and moving away from that environment. He is experiencing economic difficulties and tries to continue his life by trying to sell the cats he breeds in cages.
Burak lives in a hovel in a poor neighborhood with his friend Veysi from the orphanage. Veysi is a grumpy dwarf who plays small roles in series and movies but has great ideals.
Despite all the secrets and lies, Semih and Ceren decide to maintain the happy couple image and exit the room holding hands to be wedded, leaving Mert alone behind...
Runtime:1 hour 23 minutes
Cenk İzgören - Director
Cenk İzgören - Writer
Funda Belginer İzgören - Producer
Cenk İzgören - Producer
Cast: Cenk İzgören, Açelya Elmas, Murat Aslan, Merve Ateş, Tayfun Sav.