The 5th Opuzen Film Festival has begun.
The fifth edition of the Opuzen Film Festival will take place from 17 to 22 August. A record 1,782 feature-length and short films from all over Europe sent their applications, and the audience will be able to see a wide selection of feature films, documentaries and animated films, as well as retrospectives of the works by great film masters: Hitchcock, Kieslowski, Melville and Tarkovsky. At two open and one closed venue, a total of 76 films will be presented. The festival will be opened by “Bridge at the End of the World” directed by Branko Ištvančić, reports Slobodna Dalmacija on August 17, 2015.
The main program will include films “I’m So Excited” by Pedro Almodovar, “Xenia” by Panos Koutras, “Oh Boy” by Jan Ole Gerster, “Diplomacy” by Volker Schondorff, “White God” by Kornel Mundruczo and Slovenian film “Tales from Toilet” by Gregor Andolšek and Tijana Zinajić. The festival will be closed on Saturday by a local co-production “Duh Babe Ilonke” by Tomislav Žaja.
The filmgoers in Opuzen will be able to witness how young European directors see Europe. The films will open the door to a wide range of topics from the “Edge of Europe”. In thirteen short films with various themes and actors, we will meet writers without inspiration, young mothers and their problems, African prostitutes, abused women who are fighting against the system, inventors and artists, and people who are ready to let us into their personal world.
The Opuzen Film Festival includes a national selection as well, with nine young Croatian filmmakers. The audience will also have the opportunity to go to the very edge of the Mediterranean in the eponymous film program which will include a total of 12 films.
In addition to films, there will be numerous other programs, the most important ones being the retrospective exhibition “Five Years of the Opuzen Film Festival” and the OFF Film School where future film professionals will learn the basics of filmmaking.
“All festival films come from European countries, with different languages, film traditions, they handle different topics with different actors. The only common element is that they are all from Europe and that they are being shown in Opuzen at the roughly same time”, said Augustin Zonjić, director of the festival.