Motovun Film Festival unveils first films

Author: Matina Tenžera

With the necessary precautions, the audience expects a series of exciting premieres, among which great regional titles stand out

In recent dystopian times in which the importance of art has come to the fore again, the Motovun Film Festival team has diligently selected the best films for the festival, which will take place in a concentrated three-day form from July 30 to August 1. Respecting the necessary precautions, on the favorite Istrian hill, the audience will be greeted by a series of exciting premieres, among which the great regional titles stand out – Tereza37, Ajvar and U krug.

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Great Tereza37 written by Lana Barić and Serbian cinema hit Ajvar lead the regional program

The Croatian festival trump card will be Tereza37, directed by Danilo Šerbedžija, written by actress Lana Barić, who plays the title role in the film. This destructive and at times warmly humorous generational story follows a woman in her early thirties, who is trying to find her piece of happiness in the decaying ambience of modern Split. Torn between romantic hopes and disappointing reality, Tereza is a heroine with whom we can easily identify, and the phenomenal Lana Barić is supported by Ivana Roščić, Marija Škaričić, Leon Lučev, Dragan Mićanović, Goran Marković and other famous names.

– Tereza is a film we have been waiting for a long time, a racial female story in the Dalmatian way that sets a new direction in Croatian cinema. I believe that the audience will share our enthusiasm for Lana's and Danilo's film – said the selector Milena Zajović.

Teresa 37

Ana Maria Rossi cooked her debut "Ajvar" for a long time

The film hit Ajvar directed by Ana Marija Rossi is coming to Motovun from Serbia, in which Nataša Ninković and Sergej Trifunović play spouses who live in Stockholm, have successful careers, but do not have children. Vida is convinced that her husband Bane has a mistress in Belgrade, but she pretends not to see it. When they come to Serbia for the Easter holidays, the carefully coordinated choreography of their lives begins to crumble, and secrets begin to come to light. It is a film that will feature anyone who has experienced emigration or at least nurtured dreams of leaving the Balkan madness, of course, with a jar of ajvar in his bag.

– Ana Maria Rossi was met by the Motovun audience exactly ten years ago, as one of the authors of the omnibus "Some Other Stories". She cooked her debut "Ajvar" for a long time, and the result is fortunately top notch – said the festival director Igor Mirković.

Humorous mosaic drama "In a circle"

From Bulgaria comes U krug, a humorous mosaic drama that could easily have been filmed in our area. Three police patrols and six police officers face countless absurdities of the transitional society, corruption, migrants, a wandering demented old man and one unwanted dead man on Sofia Night. Director Stefan Komandarev drew the world's attention to the works by stabbing the soft tissue of Bulgarian society, and Circulation in Motovun comes with five international awards.

– This is a film that has become a seasonal hit, which talks about very important topics, while dancing all the time between drama and racial black comedy. I believe that he will communicate very well with the Motovun audience – announced the selector Jurica Pavičić.

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