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Zlín Film Festival set to kick off tomorrow

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- The 55th edition of the oldest film festival for children and young audiences boasts 175 premieres out of a total of 363 programmed films

Zlín Film Festival set to kick off tomorrow

The Zlín Film Festival, which specialises in films for children and young audiences, will open its doors for the 55th time this year (29 May - 4 June), boasting a line-up packed with 363 films from 52 countries, more than half of which are premiere screenings (13 world, 59 international and 103 domestic premieres). “The programme offers very colourful and unrepeatable mosaics of world cinema. We will present films from unconventional destinations such as the Dominican Republic, Lebanon and Nepal,” artistic director Markéta Pášmová explains while introducing the 2015 edition. Five international competitions and nine out-of-competition sections make up the backbone of the festival’s structure.

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The international competition for European debut feature films will host the first outings of promising filmmakers, such as Saskia Diesing’s Nena [+see also:
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, Tallulah H Schwab’s Confetti Harvest [+see also:
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, Guy Myhill’s The Goob [+see also:
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, Mara Eibl-Eibesfeldt’s The Spiderwebhouse and Dominik Hartl’s Beautiful Girl [+see also:
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. The fairy tale Seven Ravens [+see also:
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, a Czech-Slovakian co-production by Alice Nellis, which will be having its domestic premiere, will be competing in the international competition of feature films for children, alongside Yuriy Feting’s Celestial Camel, François Girard’s Boychoir and Robert Connolly’s Paper Planes. The Slovakian film Hostage [+see also:
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by Juraj Nvota, Sanna Lenken’s My Skinny Sister [+see also:
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and Eirik Svensson’s One Night in Oslo are set to be screened in the international competition of feature films for youth audiences. During the closing ceremony, the Golden Slipper Award will be handed out to the Best Feature Film for Children, the Best Feature Film for Youth and the Best Animated Film. The Europe Award for Best European Debut, the Golden Apple Audience Award and a special recognition for a feature film for children, the City of Zlín Award, will also find new owners on the same night.

This year’s spotlight is focused on German cinema, which will be represented by “a wide collection of more than 50 feature films... with internationally lauded, historically substantial and worthy titles as well as newer films,” adds Pášmová. Classics such as Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s Faust, Frank Beyer’s Jacob the Liar, Volker Schlöndorff’s adaptation of The Tin Drum and Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr Caligari will sit alongside a crop of titles from the past year, including Mark Monheim and Martin Rehbock’s About a Girl [+see also:
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, Arend Agthe’s My Friend Raffi, and Thomas Heinemann’s Lola on the Pea, in this vast retrospective. Furthermore, two hot topics will be addressed by film professionals at conferences organised within the Film Industry programme: these are the low level of domestic production of films for children and young audiences (“Production of Czech Films for Children and Youth in a European Context”), and the ever-topical issue of film piracy (“Downloading Film or Movies Is Not Free!”, co-organised by the Czech Anti-Piracy Union).

The 55th edition of the Zlín Film Festival runs from 29 May – 4 June in the city of Zlín.

The rich programme can be viewed on the gathering’s website.

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