From 08.11. To 17.11.2019.
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Dag Johan Haugerud
Sean Robert Dunn
Teona Strugar Mitevska
On the verge of adulthood, Alma is always on the cusp: she was born in Bosnia but grew up in Holland, and though she is no longer a child, she is neither fully an adult. When she learns her father, whom she barely knows, is in hospital, Alma travels to Bosnia to see him. She is snubbed by her cousin Emir, too busy with his shady dealings to be of much help, but there is also his handsome friend Denis. The rebellious trio sets out on an unpredictable journey through the colourful Bosnian countrys...
At the heart of this adventure family motion picture is ten-year-old Eia whose parents are always too busy to find time for her. As Christmas approaches and they need to leave for a business trip, Eia is sent to the south of Estonia to spend winter holidays at a remote farm of an elderly forest keeper. To our city girl, the new surroundings seem like a godforsaken place. But, at the big estate enshrouded by the mysterious forest, Eia will discover the wonders of nature and animals in the wild, a...
Years before conquering Hollywood with his megahit Thor: Ragnarok, New Zealand director Taika Waititi made ZFF audiences fall in love with his quirky comedies (Boy, What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople,…). Jojo Rabbit, the winner of the prestigious People’s Choice Award at Toronto IFF, treats us yet again to a batch of Waititi’s signature mix of humour and pathos in a story about Jojo, a lonely boy growing up in WWII Germany. When Jojo discovers his mom (Scarle...
In his latest work, the award-winning director of Rams (ZFF 2015), Grímur Hákonarson, again delves beneath the surface of Icelandic rural communities. This time, the film centres on a rebellious, middle-aged heroine, which has earned it comparisons to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. After her husband’s death, Inga learns their dairy farm is in huge debt to the all-powerful co-op, whose illegal dealings allow it to hold the local farmers under its thumb. Too complac...
On a remote mountaintop, eight children with guns keep close watch on an American hostage, Doctora (Julianne Nicholson – I, Tonya, August: Osage County) and cow Shakira. The young commandos belong to a shadowy force known as The Organisation. During the day, they engage in military exercises and at night indulge in youthful hedonism. But when their cow is killed during battle, their frolicking is over. Artfully blending war drama and thriller, Monos is an unsettling hallucinatory vision of...
A comedy about a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown in which the director Ivana Mladenović plays the role of herself. This bittersweet fictional autobiography traces the intimate neuroses of an individual, family and the wider community. The film was inspired by real-life events and features appearances by the director’s friends and family. The film centres on Ivana, a Serbian actress living in Romania who, in the midst of a psychological crisis decides to spend the summer in her ho...
Čuveni čileanski redatelj Pablo Larraín (Jackie, Neruda, Toni Manero) na zagrebačka se platna vraća turbulentnom meditacijom o ljudskom tijelu, plesu i majčinstvu. U središtu radnje neukrotiva je i intrigantna plesačica Ema čiji se brak s koreografom Gastónom (Gael García Bernal) raspada kada nakon potresnog incidenta odluče vratiti posvojenog sina Pola. Rastrgana krivnjom, Ema utjehu traži na ulicama Valparaísa gdje nastupa sa svojom plesnom skupinom, pronalaz...
The film follows the lives of two young women in Leningrad, following WWII. Tall and skinny Iya, who suffers from occasional spells, works as a nurse at a veterans hospital. Sometimes she takes along Pashka, the young son of her temperamental and unpredictable friend Masha, the stark opposite to seemingly passive Iya. The film is based on WWII accounts of Russian women, published in Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich’s controversial book The Unwomanly Face of War. After the success of his...
A quirky dark comedy about eccentric people, small pleasures and big tools. Patrick lives on his father’s naturist campsite where he is the resident handyman. His daily routine is perfectly neat, as is his workshop. But nothing lasts forever. The loss of his favourite hammer brings confusion into his neatly ordered world, triggering a series of events that will prove there is a lot more to the camp’s residents than meets the eye. The film won the award for best direction at Karlovy V...
In the year 2027, on paper, Brazil is still a secular country, but in reality, it is spiralling towards a religious dystopia, in which people stop at the local drive-through for a serving of religious staples from the preacher instead of hamburgers. An individual’s purpose is to enter a god-fearing marriage, while public scanners announce which women are pregnant and which are not. For bureaucrat Joana, the new order is paradise. A devout believer, she uses her position to sabotage her cli...
At an Oslo suburb school playground, an argument occurs between thirteen-year-old Lykke, the daughter of a prominent Labour Party member, and her friend Jamie, the son of a high profile right-wing politician. Under unclear circumstances, Jamie is hurt, rushed to hospital, and soon dies. The difficult situation is further complicated by contradicting versions of what actually happened. Was it just innocent child play gone wrong or something much more serious? The adults will have to face their ow...
Following the success of his feature debut Eva Nová (Toronto 2015 – FIPRESCI Award), Slovakian director based in Zagreb, Marko Škop, brings a family drama about Eastern Europe’s moral responsibility and xenophobia. Milan, a benevolent construction worker living in Germany, returns to Slovakia to spend Christmas with his family. During his stay, he discovers his son Adam has become a member of a paramilitary group and was involved in harassing a school colleague. To get...
The new feat of cult Swedish director Roy Andersson is a humorous, yet melancholic kaleidoscope of stories on the beauty, cruelty and banality of existence. Reminiscent of Scheherezade’s tales, the narrator takes us on a journey through dreamlike landscape populated by lost souls in search of sincere human contact. About Endlessness is Andersson’s first film since completing his award-winning “Living Trilogy” (Songs from the Second Floor, You, the Living) with A Pigeon Sa...
Deni is a teenager who wants to live the life of his rap music idols, but he is still a mama’s boy. Wanting to prove himself to a classroom colleague and the school bully, Kelam, Deni commits a minor crime. When the police arrive to his home, Deni is ready to confess, but his mother has other plans.
Three women, three generations and… politics. While visiting her grandmother, Johanna accidentally runs into her mother Ulla, who broke off contact with over an argument they both want to conceal from grandma. In grandma’s garden they start talking again, but a discussion soon turns into an argument that keeps escalating. The film screened at dokumentART festival.
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The school is out and there is tension in the air. Porto’s streets and cafés are filling with tourists. The old, derelict parts of town are now the centres of gentrification. Riding on his bicycle, Vicente observes this unstoppable transformation. It is no longer the city he knows – the world is changing and he is changing with it. The film premiered at Venice, winning a European Film Award nomination.
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Alma, mlada diplomirana glumica, prolazi kroz niz glumačkih probi i projekata dok traži stan, a njena najbolja prijateljica odlazi živjeti u Belgiju.
Tomislav Šoban režirao je nekoliko kratkometražnih filmova, od kojih je nekoliko prikazano na ZFF-u u sklopu Kockica. Osim igranih režira i eksperimentalne filmove, a za animirani film Najmanji (2013.) osvojio je Nagradu Vedran Šamanović u Puli.
When seriously ill teenager Milla (Eliza Scanlen – Sharp Objects) falls in love with Moses, a small-time dealer with a mullet haircut and tattooed face, it’s her parents’ (Ben Mendelsohn – Animal Kingdom, Essie Davis – Babadook) worst nightmare. But the budding romance lends Milla a new lust for life so her parents throw caution out the window and let things take their course. A potential catastrophe turns into glorious chaos in which the Finlay family and their ecc...
Teenagers Kiira and Lenni have just fallen in love and they’re already expecting a baby. Being from single-parent families, their future seems uncertain. But they are sticking to their decision to stay together and start a family. As adult commitments are proving too much for Lenni, he starts spending more time with an older, far-right man Janne and neglecting Kiira. Under Janne’s influence, Lenni stirs the waters of their multi-ethnic neighbourhood, so as Kiira’s pregnancy adv...
A quirky romantic comedy about Victor (Daniel Auteuil – Caché), a grumpy sixty-year-old convinced that the best days of his life are far behind. When his wife can’t take it anymore and kicks him out, Victor accepts the offer of enthusiastic entrepreneur Antoine who promises him an entirely new form of entertainment. With the help of elaborate film sets and crew, Antoine’s agency offers clients a chance to enter a historic period of their choice. Victor chooses the year 1...
A middle class family is spending the day out shopping, preparing for the arrival of a new baby. The consumerist bliss turns into a nightmare when the father of the family is intercepted by a group of masked vigilantes to punish him for his transgressions. The film premiered at Venice. The director’s previous film, British by the Grace of God, screened at ZFF 2017.
Mother and son spend a day together. A series of events will change their relationship forever. The film premiered in the Student Film competition of 2019 Sarajevo Film Festival.
n search for absolute freedom, Harold first has to get rid of some personal commitments. The film examines the fragile nature of human relations, affected by a deeply rooted need for personal fulfilment. Screened at international festivals in Kansas and Monterrey (Jury Honourable Mention).
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Južno voće je osvježavajuće, ali na velikim vrućinama brzo se kvari. Josip Lukić redatelj je, scenarist i glumac. Njegov kratkometražni igrani film Minjonja njanjonja prikazan je na ZFF-u 2015. godine.
Thirteen-year-old Ashmina lives with her parents on the outskirts of the Nepalese town of Pokhara. The town is overrun by tourists looking for paragliding adventures, leaving a strong mark on the local community. Forced to miss school to help sustain her family, Ashmina works as a parachute rigger to get a few pennies from the tourists. The film won the Best Film Award at Krakow Film Festival.
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Anne (Trine Dyrholm – In a Better World, 2010) is a successful but unscrupulous lawyer specialising in child and youth cases. She lives happily married to Peter and their two daughters. However, her work and family bliss is shattered when Peter’s troubled teenage son from a previous marriage, Gustav, comes to live with them. Kicked out of school and cast away by his mother, Gustav refuses to bond with his father. Experienced Anne manages to connect to her stepson but in the end seduc...
After her mother’s death, fourteen-year-old Sam takes over caring for her father and two younger brothers. Sam is an excellent student, always finishing her tasks on time. Rushing to school one morning, she gets into an accident and dies. When she arrives to “the other side”, a tactless angel named Martin offers her a choice between being reincarnated and the afterlife. She chooses the afterlife and is reunited with her mother Vera. But Vera is dismayed because Sam has not had...
It’s summertime in Madrid and the unbearable heat has forced most of its residents out of town. On the eve of her 33rd birthday, as a token of her faith, Eva decides to spend the sultry August days in the city. As the streets teem with fiestas offering tourist and locals a refuge from the heat, Eva meets a cast of different characters she tries to help. In a series of brief encounters and unexpected adventures, she will have several epiphanies and soothe her inner restlessness. In order to...
An ever absent father has only few minutes to teach his eleven-year-old son a life lesson before leaving him again.
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The little house is a comfy, secure place in which Josip, a newly divorced, middle aged man spends his much too long summer holiday with his mother, away from the city and the problems. The little house is a home for his mother, but his nephew sees it as a source of income.
One typical winter, teenager Yu decides she wants to drop out of the school dance team. In her struggle for independence, she will resort to desperate measures. The film won the Leica Cine Discovery Prize in the Critic’s Week program at Cannes and later screened at Toronto International Film Festival.
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Two middle-aged friends arrive at a weekend house on the day before May First in order to prepare for next day’s barbecue with friends. The two of them seldom see each other; Momo has moved away from the village, while Borko feels Momo has run away. As Borko insist on retelling stories from the past, Momo is having fun, testing the limits of tolerance of the other guests.
After sending shivers down the spine of thrilled critics and viewers alike with his grisly debut The Witch (Sundance – Best Directing), director Robert Eggers returns with another mesmerising horror-fantasy. Taking place in late 19th century, the story follows two lighthouse keepers (Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson) on an eerie, remote island. Under the pressure of a crammed space, jealousy and tender nerves, the relationship between the two men breaks. Paranoia sets in, evolving into a...
Dok sa suprugom Julijem, uglednim liječnikom, kćerima i tek rođenom unukom u prvim mjesecima Drugog svjetskog rata živi svakodnevicom zagrebačke visoke građanske klase, život sredovječne Diane Budisavljević u jesen 1941. poremetit će saznanje da i u Hrvatskoj već postoje koncentracijski logori u koje se deportiraju Židovke i Srpkinje s djecom. Zatočeni u logorima umiru od gladi i bolesti, a dok o Židovima skrbi zagrebačka Židovska općina predvođena gospodinom Steinom, o zatočenim Srbima se nitko...
The veteran of Italian film, Marco Bellocchio, known for radical works that have stirred up the waters of Italian cinema for decades, shows no signs of tiring. The Traitor, which premiered at Cannes and is Italy’s contender for the Oscar, portrays the life of one of the most famous mafia pentitos, Tommaso Buscetta (Pierfrancesco Favino). The mobster, who finds himself between two waring fractions of Cosa Nostra during the 1980s, after he is caught, accepts the offer of judge Giovanni Falco...
A humorous story about an estranged father and son. Their relationship becomes engulfed in apathy and falls apart completely. The film premiered at Critic’s Week in Cannes and then screened at Film Fest Gent.
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The clock is ticking for a foreigner, an immigrant faced with the coldblooded bureaucracy of a foreign country, as he tries to prove he is related to his younger sister and prevent them from separating them. Nobody hears their voices, lost in translation.
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Driving home from a music festival in a dirty car, three girls talk about their friends and other people. Their conversation evolves naturally and leads to new revelations. The feelings of awkwardness and nostalgia intermingle in this intense and sincere portrait of the frailty of friendships and peer cruelty. The film premiered at Locarno.
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Zagreb, the last days of the year. In an old apartment, where every object belongs to the past, Tina is trying to revive family customs. As New Year’s Eve approaches, the festivities and fireworks keep intruding into her private space.
This year’s Belgian Oscar candidate deals with the consequences of a prolonged civil war in Guatemala that resulted in the ethnic cleansing of the native population. The year is 2018 and the whole country is immersed in the trial of former civil war military commanders, while testimonials of victims pour in from all sides. Ernesto (Armando Espitia – Heli, 2013) is a young forensic anthropologist whose task is to identify the bodies of the deceased. One day, the account of an elderly...
As Lara (Corinna Harfouch – Downfall) celebrates her 60th birthday, her son Victor prepares for the most important piano recital of his career. Even though everyone else already received their invitation for the event and Victor is nowhere to be found, Lara stays on course. She decides to resolve matters in her usual unorthodox way. This intriguing study of a mother-son relationship is the long awaited second film of one of the most acclaimed directors of his generation, Jan-Ole Gerster (A...
Sedra is spending the day with her family on a small island. On the way to the beach, the toxic relationship between her and her husband is affecting their two kids who seem to have been changed already. Sedra slowly begins to realize that she is all alone in her family. What keeps them together? And who suffers the most?
Dušan and his son Laza are traveling through Serbia on their way to Belgrade. Incurably ill, Dušan has to find a new home for Laza. The film premiered at Locarno, winning the Young Jury Award, followed by the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Short Film at SFF.
Slobodan meets his father Nenad for the first time in twenty-five years to discuss signing over to Slobodan the deed of the house which Nenad wants to leave him. Their relationship is strained because Nenad left Croatia during the war of the 1990s.
During the last days of the Zagreb Europa cinema, we follow Joža, the unofficial caretaker and the friendly spirit of the cult cinephile hangout. Joža’s love for film greatly surpasses the responsibilities of his job. We witness not only the end of a long career, but the end of an era, associated with the disappearance of traditional cinemas.
The forest chief of police, Gordon the frog, is about to retire and he needs to find his replacement. Paddy, a clever mouse with a sharp sense of smell, seems like the right choice. Together they try to solve Gordon’s last case – the mystery of a squirrel’s missing nuts. Were they taken by the crafty fox? Gordon and Paddy will soon find out. This animated adaptation of Ulf Nilsson’s children’s book premiered at Berlinale in the Generation Kplus program.
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For Elena (Laia Costa – Victoria) and Jake (Josh O’Connor – God’s Own Country, ZFF 2017) things always move at high speed. The two meet in Glasgow for New Year’s Eve and immediately start a passionate love affair. Within weeks they are already moving in together and talking about children. But, Jake is 26 while Elena is 35 and her biological clock is ticking. Their age difference and the pressure of time are a sobering fact and the newly minted couple has to decide...
Following the success of the comedy, King of the Belgians (ZFF 2016), directing duo Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens bring us a new instalment of the title hero’s (mis)adventures, this time in a film in Croatian co-production. After suffering a gunshot wound to the ear during an incident in Sarajevo, the Belgian king wakes up on Brijuni, once Tito’s famous summer residence. As he tries to escape the island, an emissary arrives informing him that he has been crowned the first emper...
This feminist satire from the Balkans follows the events in the Macedonian town od Štip, where every January, the local priest throws a wooden cross into the river and hundreds of men jump in after it. The one who fishes it out is promised good fortune and success. This time, Petrunija jumps into the river too, and manages to get to the cross first. The men are furious because a woman dared to participate in their ritual and total chaos ensues, but Petrunija (a stellar performance by Zori...
Manuel (Antonio de la Torre – The Night Manager), a charismatic politician who lives in the lap of luxury financed by bribery and corruption, seemingly has it all – he is beloved by the people and surrounded by loving friends and family. But when he tries to cover up his colleague’s illegal dealings, a scandal ensues and his party decides to make him the scapegoat. With the support of his wife and daughter, Manuel enters a dirty fight for survival against the well-oiled machine...