By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb
This year’s Motovun Film Festival (MFF), which is to be held July 26 to 30, will set a record in the number of visitors and films shown. Along the regular film program, one can expect many new events, Festival Director Igor Mirkovic announced at today’s press conference in Pula.
The main program of the 17th MFF, whose selectors are Milena Zajovic and Jurica Pavicic, is designed as a balance between the hits from the biggest European film festivals and “small” films whose strength and quality fit into the concept of the festival.
Visitors of MFF will be able to see the winners of San Sebastian festival (Bad hair) and Berlinale (Black coal, thin ice), the films awarded at Cannes (Wonders), Berlin (Boyhood) and Venice (The Police Officer’s Wife), as well as those who are relatively unknown, but the public should get to know them.
Mirkovic reminded of the winners of honorary awards festival and said that the winner of “50 years”, which is awarded for a half-century of work in film, is Croatian musician Arsen Dedic, while the winner of the Maverick is one of Europe’s most famous directors Andrei Zvyagintsev.
Motovun will be the first in the region to show the film “20,000 days on Earth” on Nick Cave, which is a fictional day in the life of this versatile musician and songwriter through a combination of fiction and reality, private and public, and his own stories which explain his view of the world, life and work.
Among the attractions of the 17th MFF is the American movie Boyhood by Richard Linklater, who was shot at 12 and the process of growth and aging of the main actors takes place directly in front of the camera.
Novelty of this year’s MFF is the “jury in exile” – for the first time the winner of the festival will be decided by artists and activists who, because of their actions had to move out of the countries where they were born.
“The jury in exile” is, according to director of the MFF, the festival’s attempt to warn us that we live in a scorching time of constant tension and conflict through carefree summer festival atmosphere.
The main prize – Propeller of Motovun is awarded to the best film in the international competition of the main program. Also, the FIPRESCI prize by international jury of film critics will be awarded.
Among the guests of MFF will also be former artistic and life partner of Marina Abramovic, Ulay who will attend the screening of the documentary film “Operation: Cancer” which is about his life and work recorded by Slovenian director Damjan Kozola.
Another novelty in MFF’s program is “[email protected]” designed for children and teenagers, which introduces another festival location in the town of Buzet.
The program of 17th MFF comprises a total of 70 screenings in four cinematograph locations (two indoor and two outdoor).
The main sponsor of this year’s MFF is Croatian Telecom.