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European Film Festival Palić to include the world premiere of Veiko Õunpuu's Roukli

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- Palić will pay homage to Andersson, Žilnik and a group of Madrid-based filmmakers, and will feature 14 films in the main competition

European Film Festival Palić to include the world premiere of Veiko Õunpuu's Roukli

The 22nd edition of the European Film Festival Palic, which takes place from 18-24 July, will feature a main competition consisting of 14 movies, including the world premiere of Estonian auteur Veiko Õunpuu's new film, Roukli [+see also:
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"The big festivals are good for the business. This film has nothing to do with business. I mean, we’re happy if a lot of people see it or if it makes money, but then again, it is not a film for all the people, and small IS beautiful," says Õunpuu, whose last film, Free Range [+see also:
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, world-premiered in the Berlinale Forum. "You see, we have no obligations with this film to do anything we don’t want to. We are completely free to just have fun."

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Tiina Savi, the producer of the film, says: "When Palić Festival programmer Petar Mitrić saw the film at Cannes, he was very moved and immediately asked if there was a tiny little chance to show it at Palić. We were very touched by his sincere reaction, and it was an easy decision to hold the premiere here at a festival that has been very loyal to Veiko’s work throughout the years. It seems ridiculous to deny a festival a film because of some 'rules of the big film-business game'." 

Opening the festival, Roy Andersson and Želimir Žilnik will receive the Aleksandar Lifka Award for Contribution to European Film, followed by the screening of The Here After [+see also:
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 by Magnus Von Horn.

This film and Roukli will be part of the main competition, along with 12 other European titles, such as Nanni Moretti's My Mother [+see also:
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, Pavle Vučković's Panama [+see also:
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, Wim WendersEverything Will Be Fine [+see also:
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, Jaco Van Dormael's The Brand New Testament [+see also:
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, Dietrich Brüggemann's Heil [+see also:
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, Grímur Hákonarson's Rams [+see also:
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and Nicolae Constantin Tanase's The World is Mine [+see also:
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 (the full list can be found here).

The Underground Spirit Award will be given to five Madrid-based directors who have developed the so-called “New Spanish Film” trend, and are set to be recognised for their contributions for the first time. The group includes: Ion de Sosa, Chema Garcia Ibarra, Luis Lopez Carrasco, Miguel Llanso and Velasco Broca.

Another competitive programme is Parallels and Encounters, dedicated to Eastern European film (full list here). Other sections include focuses on new Slovak and Hungarian cinema, as well as the Young Spirit of Europe (full list here).

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