This year’s Mediterranean Film Festival in Split begins tonight at 9:30 pm at the always beautiful Bačvice Summer Cinema, reports Dalmatinski Portal Portal on June 13, 2019.
The favorite festival opens with the Italian film ‘Piranhas’, a silver medalist at the last Berlinale. The film is an adaptation of the novel ‘Paranza dei bambini’ by Roberto Saviano, who has been under strict police protection for a long time due to his astonishing books about the infamous Mafia organization ‘Camorra’.
During the first evening, the audience in Split will also have the opportunity to watch the film ‘Dok je trajao Roland Garros’ directed by Snježana Tribuson, which will be screened as part of ‘Ješke’, a short film program by Croatian authors.
In the 12th FMFS program, which traditionally opens the outdoor cinema season in Split, there are 70 titles from 32 countries. The people of Split and their guests will be the first in the region to see the films featuring the most famous French actresses – ‘Celle que nous croyez’ with Juliette Binoche and ‘Une jeunesse dorée’ with Isabelle Huppert, while the real treat for the audience is ‘Loro’ by Paolo Sorrentino.
It is important to note that in the competition for the best feature film is the latest addition by the recently deceased European filmmaker Agnes Varda, the winner of the second FMFS. Furthermore, this year’s festival program is abundant with several exciting thrillers and documentaries from the Mediterranean countries, as well as South America and Sweden, which have won the prizes at the most important international film festivals.
Like every year, FMFS gives special attention to Croatian short films in the “Ješke” program, which is shown before the top feature titles and gives the directors a rare opportunity to show their work to a large number of viewers. Also, not only did these films get a prime time spot, but 15 of the shorts are fighting for 12,000 kuna, the most significant prize money a Croatian film festival has awarded in this film genre.
All this is more than enough reason to kick off summer at the FMFS, by the sea, under the pines, until June 22 – and don’t forget, the after parties are the best!
Individual tickets are sold at a price of only 25 kuna for the films in the Bačvice summer cinema, and 20 kuna for screenings at ‘Golden Gate’. Projections at the third location of the festival, which opens on Friday besides the Youth Center, are free of charge.
You can find the full program for FMFS here.
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