Zagreb Film Festival at the Tuškanac Summer Stage

Author: Matina Tenžera

For three days you can watch movies: Milk, Emma and the Barefoot Emperor.

From Tuesday, July 28 to Thursday, July 30, the Zagreb Film Festival will present three titles from this year's distribution in Zagreb's favorite open-air cinema – the Tuškanac Summer Stage . In a unique night ambience near Dubravka's path, the audience will be able to watch the Icelandic film Milk by Grímur Hákonarson, Chilean Emma Pablo Larraín and Belgian Barefoot Emperor Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens, a film that is a Croatian minority co-production shot almost entirely on the Brijuni Islands.

Tuesday: Milk

Milk, a new film by Grímur Hákonarson, author of the Icelandic hit Aries, will be screened on Tuesday, July 28th. This honest and humorous drama about a woman who will shake up her local community after confronting a corrupt system is another in a series of brilliant independent titles that have made Icelandic cinema one of the most interesting in the world in recent years. After last year’s Icelandic hit Hall goes to war by director Benedict Erlingsson in which the protagonist fights an industrial giant and saves the country from an environmental disaster, Hákonarson’s film brilliantly continues with a slightly more intimate story of a woman from a small community who dares to oppose a corrupt system. Both authors show that the often idealized political community of Iceland is not immune to corruption scandals and provide an interesting and honest insight into the possibility of fighting them.

Wednesday: Emma

On Wednesday, July 29, Emma, a film by famous Chilean director Pablo Larraín (Tony Manero, Klub, Neruda, Jackie), is on the program about the indomitable and intriguing dancer Ami whose marriage to choreographer Gastón falls apart when they decide to return their adopted son Paul after a shocking incident. Torn by guilt, Emma seeks solace on the streets of Valparaíso where she performs with her dance group, finds new lovers and implements a secret plan by which she intends to reunite her family. Extremely charismatic lead actress Mariana di Girolamo played a memorable role in this film, while the main male role is played by the famous Mexican actor Gael García Bernal. The entire cast is connected by an almost palpable chemistry that makes this film dynamic, exciting and extremely passionate. The music was composed by renowned electronic musician Nicolas Jaar (Dheepan, 2015), and the film won the UNIMED Award in Venice.

Thursday: Barefoot Emperor

The three-day program on Thursday, July 30, will conclude with the film Barefoot Emperor by the well-known directorial couple Woodworth-Brosens, prone to refined humor and political satire, whose films we have been following at ZFF since Khadak (2006). After the success of the comedy King of the Belgians, the film Barefoot Emperor brings new (mis) adventures of the title character, and important roles in the film are entrusted to the acting legends Geraldine Chaplin and Udo Kier. After suffering a gunshot wound to the ear in an incident in Sarajevo, the Belgian king wakes up on the Brijuni Islands, Tito's former famous residence. As he tries to escape from the island, an envoy arrives informing him that he has been proclaimed the first emperor of the nationalist New Europe. This sharp political satire with numerous historical references in which ridicule is constant and absurdities convincing, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and was shot entirely in Croatia, on the Brijuni Islands as the main film location and in Pula.

During August, several more titles from the previous edition of the Zagreb Film Festival will be screened at the Tuškanac Summer Stage, among which, in anticipation of regular distribution in September, the film About Infinity by Roy Andersson will be premiered.

Tickets at the price of 30 kn can be purchased at , and from July 28 at the box office of the Summer Stage Tuškanac, Dubravkin put bb (working hours: 20:00 – 21:30).

During the program at the Tuškanac Summer Stage, care will be taken to comply with all valid recommendations of the Civil Headquarters and the CNIPH for the suppression of Covid-19 in order to enable viewers to stay as safe as possible at the screenings. All measures are regularly updated on the website of the Tuškanac Summer Stage .