FEATURE FILM SELECTION 2022
ZOUNDS - Gentian Gjikopulli
Project Type:Experimental, Feature
Runtime:1 hour 18 minutes
Completion Date:May 15, 2020
Country of Origin:Albania
Country of Filming:Albania
Gentian Gjikopulli - Director
Gentian Gjikopulli - Writer
Adrian Ruci - Producer
Spiro Nino - Producer
Cast: Kastriot Shehi, Helga Mustafaraj, Sonila Hyseni, Rexhina Ibro,Isli Dauti, Françeska Çoniku
On the stage of a Concert Hall a Female PIANO PLAYER is performing on a grand piano; only the acoustic, muted sounds of piano hammers are heard and not the normal keyboard sound. On a Call Centre Aula, over 200 seated call operators are framed, communicating with headsets and microphone put on, a messy amalgam of phrases, sentences or chats are heard simultaneously, increasing this robotic, confusing and depressing way of communication, leading on a climax after which comes…a short break from that work that shows us the FEMALE OPERATOR kissing and hugging passionately with her BOYFRIEND; no word to say, not a single sound is heard until…an alarming, brutal buzzer makes her back to the harmful noisy work of the Call Center...
MEDEA - Dimitri Athanitis
Runtime:1 hour 22 minutes
Completion Date:January 5, 2022
Country of Origin:Greece
Country of Filming:Greece
Dimitri Athanitis - Director
Dimitri Athanitis - Writer
Dimitri Athanitis - Producer
Cast: Alexandra Kazazou
Medea and Jason are living as refuges at Corinthos when Jason abandons Medea to marry king Kreon's daughter.
After that, Medea is ordered to leave the city at once with her two children, on penalty of death.
EARLY WEDDING - Csaba Vekes
Runtime:1 hour 15 minutes
Completion Date:May 1, 2021
Country of Origin:Hungary
Country of Filming:Hungary
Csaba Vekes - Director
Tamás Olt - Director
László Gönye - Writer
Zsolt Kathy - Writer
Csaba Vékes - Writer
Tamás Olt - Writer
Péter Roskó - Producer
Cast: Csaba Fándly, Beatrix Trill, Klára Német, Róbert Koltai
The film is about a father’s heroic struggle and inner journey, over the course of which he realizes he cannot save his daughter from everything. When death finally appears at her side in the figure of a gallant groom, he comes to understand that resisting a greater power is futile. Our hero makes peace with his fate and with his loss.
TROUBLED SKY - Anton Nrecaj
Runtime:1 hour 36 minutes
Completion Date:March 4, 2020
Country of Origin:Kosovo
Country of Filming:Kosovo
Anton Nrecaj - Director
Anton Nrecaj - Writer
Adriatik Kelmendi - Producer
Cast: Jeton Gorani, Arta Muçaj
A well-known psychiatrist (Robert) came to a conclusion that this life is unworthy and that nothing really matters. He tries to convince his family to let him go, but he faces a vast confrontation from them, which brings them to a conflict and devastation.
Even though everything seems to be perfect around Robert: career, great house in the outskirts, house in the mountains, beautiful wife, two healthy kids - his lack of understanding to this world makes everything look valueless .
Troubled Sky is a drama about existentialism relied on shoulders of a man, who always had doubts about futility of this life.
STELA - Stojan Vujičić
Languages: Macedonian / German ( English subtitles)
Duration: 91 minutes
Genres: Drama / Family
Countries of Production: Republic of Macedonia / Serbia / Germany
Director - Stojan Vujičić
Producer - Ognen Antov
Screenwriter - Eva Kamčevska
"Stella" is a story about a dog - a sharpshooter, a child and a grandfather. Sounds idyllic, but it is not… After child Nikola tries to commit suicide due to "bullying" at school, it seems that no one will be able to reach him. Stops any verbal communication. Sharplaninka Stella is the only one who does not ask for anything from him, does not ask questions, does not ask for answers. Its existence is enough and she is happy with its proximity. The child will begin to identify with her, so his voice can only be heard when he barks. The grandfather, who escaped from the people to live alone on the sheepfold, will reluctantly accept Nikola to become a family during this adventure, fleeing from his real family. Unbeknownst to them, they will get closer to what they are fleeing from, but now they will be able to move on with their lives or leave the other side of eternity peacefully.
JUST RETIRED - Radu Dumitru Zaporojan
Genres:Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Completion Date:July 16, 2021
Country of Origin:Moldova, Republic of
Radu Dumitru Zaporojan - Director
Radu Dumitru Zaporojan - Writer
Virgiliu Margineanu - Producer
Cast: Petru Hadarca, Catalina Nichitin, Igor Babiac
Andrei, recently retired, decides to go abroad to work.
He is about to discover that his new workplace won’t be an easy one.
AFTER THE WINTER - Ivan Bakrač
Length: 101 min
Ivan Bakrač - Writer and Director
Dušan Grubin - DOP
Nataša Pantić - Editor
Alen Sinakuz and Nenad Sinkauz - Music
Ivan Đurović, Snežana Nikčević - Producers
Nikolina Vučetić Zečević, Maja Ilić, Damir Terešak, Guillaume de Seille - Coproducers
Cast: Momčilo Otašević, Ana Vučković, Petar Burić, Maja Šuša, Ivona Kustudić
Five small town Montenegrin childhood friends still cherish their friendship, despite being scattered all across former Yugoslavia. Over the course of one year, after a series of life-defining events, they are forced to transform their careless, escapist youth into maturity. When the winter is over, each of them will have to build their own new world.
THE ELEGY OF LAUREL - Dušan Kasalica
Runtime: 90 min.
Production: Meander Film, Non-Aligned Films
Dušan Kasalica -Director and Writer
Jelena Angelovski - Producer
Igor Djordjevic - DoP
Jelena Maksimovic - Editor
Jakov Munizaba - Sound
Cast: Frano Lasic, Savina Gersak, Draginja Voganjac, Nikolina Bogdanovic, Lidija Kordic
Filip, a sophisticated university professor, goes with his wife to a spa on the coast. After a few of days spent in the comfy and monotonous ambiance of the hotel, their seemingly ideal marriage is over. Filip is left by his wife. Everything seems to indicate that his life is collapsing, but Filip, refined and armed with confidence, faces each new circumstance with unusual ease.
Deep in the forest, a new fantasy world will break him down, but also give him a chance for a new beginning.
NO REST FOR THE OLD LADY - Andrei Gruzsniczki
Runtime:1 hour 39 minutes
Completion Date:January 1, 2021
Country of Origin:Romania
Country of Filming:Romania
Andrei Gruzsniczki - Director
Andrei Gruzsniczki - Writer
Andreea Dumitrescu - Producer
Oana Giurgiu - Producer
Anamaria Antoci - Producer
Cast: Mircea Andreescu, Valer Dellakeza
This is the story of Emil, the man who doesn't believe in ghosts, of his best friend, Titi, and of Smaranda, the late wife of Emil. She is now six feet under and ready for judgment day. After her 40-day memorial service, days pass by, and Emil realizes that Titi looks like his life is over. He wants to brighten him up, but nothing helps. That's because soon after the memorial service, Smaranda moves into Titi's house and starts haunting him. Well, now, why this? That's quite a story, but Titi has a hard time telling it.
TONI & FRIENDS - Ion Indolean
Runtime:1 hour 33 minutes
Completion Date:October 13, 2020
Country of Origin:Romania
Country of Filming:Romania
Ion Indolean - Director
Ion Indolean - Writer
Adrian Carlugea - Writer
Horatiu Curutiu - Producer
Cast: Ilinca Harnut, Emil Mandanac, Catalina Moga, Alexandru Ion, Gabriel Sandu
A film crew with not much of experience tries to find and shoot a documentary about Toni Oniga, star or neighborhood legend.
BULLETS OVER MARSEILLE - Gordan Matić
Runtime:1 hour 24 minutes
Completion Date:August 5, 2021
Country of Origin:Serbia
Country of Filming:Serbia
Gordan Matić - Director
Gordan Matić - Writer
Vladimir Andrić - Writer
Gordan Matić - Producer
Dusan Ivanović - Producer
Cast: Vladimir Aleksić, Svetozar Cvetković, Strahinja Blazić, Djordje Djoković, Nikola Surbanović
The film is based on a transcript from the trial assassins on the french Minister Louis Barthue and King Alexandar of Yugoslavia in Marseille 9. October 1934. The thesis of the film is that WWII start that day in Marseille and the first victim was the two European greatest peacemaker of that time.
SOUTH WIND, SPEED UP - Miloš Avramović
Premiere: November 2, 2021
Duration: 127 minutes
Original languages: Serbian, Bulgarian, English
Genre: thriller, action, drama
Milos Avramović - Director
Milos Avramović, Petar Mihajlović - Writers
Milos Avramović - Producer
Aleksandar Randjelović - Music
Lazar Radić - Cinematography
Lazar Predojev - Film Editing
Dusan Radoičić Production Design
Jelena Djordjević - Costume Design
Cast: Miloš Biković, Miodrag Radonjić, Predrag Miki Manojlović, Aleksandar Berček, Jovana Stojiljković, Luka Grbić, Marian Valev, Zachary Baharov, Mak Marinov, Anastasia Everall, Assen Blatechki, Nenad Heraković, Mladen Sovilj
South Wind - SPEED UP is a continuation of the saga of Petar Marash who uses all the advantages of his newly acquired status of “the untouchable leader of the Serbian underground” protected by the state itself. Wanting to expand his business and become legal, Marash invests illegally acquired money in legal businesses. While looking for a favorable opportunity, he goes to eastern Serbia with his faithful Baća on an assignment. There, he finds news that will force him to change plans immediately. Lives on the line, games played by the rules of international drug cartels, and a large number of spectacular action scenes - these are just some details that await us in Speed Up.
SPECIAL SCREENING MARKING THE EUROPA PRIMA 2022 AWARD FOR DRAGAN BJELOGRLIĆ
TOMA - Dragan Bjelogrlić
(OUT OF COMPETITION)
Directed by: Dragan Bjelogrlić
Movie duration: 140 min.
Country / Year: Serbia 2020/2021.
Actors: Milan Marić, Tamara Dragičević, Petar Benčina, Andrija Kuzmanović, Sanja Marković, Paulina Manov, Milan Kolak, in the role of mother - Mirjana Karanović
Screenplay: Nikola Pejaković, Zoran Lisinac, Dragan Bjelogrlić, Maja Todorović
Director of photography: Goran Volarević
Editing: Milena Predić
Music: Zeljko Joksimovic
Producer: Dragan Bjelogrlić and Željko Joksimović
The film "Toma" is an impressionist portrait of Toma Zdravković, showing his very beginnings, as well as the peak of fame, his love that inspired him composing some of the greatest hits, as well as the relationship with many friends he had in the artistic milieu of Yugoslavia.
AGA - Mevlüt Taşcı
Runtime:1 hour 40 minutes
Completion Date:November 1, 2021
Country of Origin:Turkey
Country of Filming:Turkey
Mevlüt Taşcı - Director
Dilek Colak - Writer
Savas Saylan - Writer
Mevlüt Taşcı - Producer
Cast: Taner Cindoruk , Selim Tufan, Halil Ozbekar
Salim, Veysel and Senol are three brothers living in a country house. Their father had died a few years ago. Their mother is confined to bed due to a severe disease. Salim and Veysel are working together as shepherds. Senol is a high school student, but he had to drop out from school due to his elder brother Salim’s decision. He’s obliged to look after his mother, and do all the housework.
ALI'S NATURE - Levent Cetin
Runtime:1 hour 27 minutes
Completion Date:July 17, 2020
Country of Origin:Turkey
Country of Filming:Turkey
Levent Cetin - Director
Ozgur Seyben - Writer
Levent Cetin - Writer
Canol Balkaya - Producer
Levent Cetin - Producer
Cast: Ozan Ayhan, Algi Eke, Ahmet Melih Yilmaz, Mehmet Usta
In a village where tradition and modernity; material and spiritual goes hand in hand, Ali is the last representative of the tradition in which the fish is regarded highly sacred, and when they die, they are buried with prayers in a special cemetery allocated for them. Ali and his wife Meryem has only one problem, not being able to have a child. The young couple tries out both traditional and modern methods to be able to conceive. Kazım, another villager who has been treasure hunting during the nights disturbs Ali every now and then due to Kazım’s interest in Meryem that dates back to their younger age. Musa, a fresh university graduate, accompanies Kazım in his dream of finding the treasure. While the tension between Meryem and Ali grows bigger, Kazım and Musa ruin the fish cemetery in their search for treasure.