Croatian Film to be Screened at Cannes

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A new short film by Dubravka Turić was included in this year Director’s Fortnight programme, an independent section held in parallel to the Cannes Film Festival, which will be held from May 18 to May 28 this year.

The film Trešnje (Cherries), part of the Deep Cuts omnibus produced by Kinematograf and co-financed by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, was adapted from the story of the same title by writer Olja Savčević Ivaničević. It is a story about a boy growing up in the Dalmatian hinterland, whose carefree summer is slowly being ruined by tense familial relationships. The events which follow result in tragedy and, ultimately, Jakov’s feelings of guilt and emotional rebellion against adults.

Cherries is director Dubravka Turić’s second short film to be screened at one of the most important film festivals in Europe and the world. Her first short film – Belladonna – was shown at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, where it won Best Short Film.

“I am very happy and excited. Being a part of the selected few, out of thousands of short films candidates, is already a great accomplishment. Let’s not forget that, for a number of years now, Croatian films have had a continuous presence in Cannes. Outstanding films such as The Chicken by Una Gunjak, The High Sun by Dalibor Matanić, and last year’s fantastic film The Beast by Miroslav Sikavica have definitely sparked interest in Croatian film.” said director Dubravka Turić and thanked the Croatian Audiovisual Centre for their continual support.

The film stars Roko Glavina, Lana Barić, Nikša Butijer, Milivoj Beader, Areta Ćurković, Franko Jakovčević and Donat Zeko. Dubravka Turić is the film’s director and editor. The cinematographer is Radislav Jovanov Gonzo, the screenwriter is Jelena Paljan, and the producer is Dijana Mlađenović.

The Directors’ Fortnight showcases a programme of shorts, feature films and documentaries by directors from all over the world. Historically, this programme has shifted the attention of both the public and critics towards some of the most successful directors today, and has debuted works of great directors such as Werner Herzog, Martin Scorsese and Ken Loach. Last year, Miroslav Sikavica’s film The Beast was screened and won special mention in this programme.

Details on the Directors’ Fortnight are available here



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