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Pula Film Festival announces programme

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- The 62nd edition of Croatia's national Pula Film Festival will feature 14 films in the main competition

Pula Film Festival announces programme
Next to Me by Stevan Filipović

Croatia’s national Pula Film Festival (18-25 July) has announced its programme, which includes 14 feature-length films and 16 shorts in the main national competition for the Golden Arena awards, as well as an international competition with 14 films, including the world premiere of Next to Me [+see also:
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by Serbian director Stevan Filipović (Skinning). 

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Besides the new national films, the Croatian line-up includes minority co-productions, such as the Serbian box-office hit We Will Be the World Champions [+see also:
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by Darko Bajić, which sold over 240,000 admissions in Serbia and Bosnia; last year's Sarajevo competition title Cure – The Life of Another [+see also:
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by Andrea Štaka (Switzerland); and the festival hit No One's Child [+see also:
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by Vuk Ršumović (Serbia).

The competition also features Dalibor Matanić's The High Sun [+see also:
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interview: Dalibor Matanic
interview: Tihana Lazovic
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, which recently won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes; Ognjen Sviličić's These Are the Rules [+see also:
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, a prize-winner at Venice (Horizons), Stockholm, Les Arcs, Warsaw and Belgrade FEST; and Ivona Juka's You Carry Me [+see also:
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, which will world-premiere in Karlovy Vary's East of the West section.

The selection includes Ungiven [+see also:
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, the new film by Branko Schmidt (Vegetarian Cannibal [+see also:
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); Daniel Kušan's Love or Death [+see also:
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, the second instalment in the series based on the popular children's book about the boy Koko; The Enchanting Porkers [+see also:
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, the long-awaited feature debut by Ivan Livaković; and the omnibus film Zagreb Stories Vol 3.  

Four documentaries round off the national competition programme: Heart of Sarajevo winner Naked Island [+see also:
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by Tiha Gudac, Children of Transition by Matija Vukšić, Borut Šeparović's Consumed and Damir Čučić's The Spirits Diary.

“2015 was a good year for Croatian production, and we have a few strong films from last year as well, which screened at Venice and other festivals,” says producer and Pula artistic board member Mike Downey. “This is a good indication of the excellent work being done in development at HAVC; people are working harder on the screenplays, the bar has been set higher, and work is being done to improve the writing of funded projects. We are looking forward to an excellent crop in 2016 as well.” 

The Croatian competition jury consists of director Kristijan Milić (last year's winner of eight Golden Arenas with Number 55 [+see also:
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), composer and sound designer Srdjan Kurpjel (Eisenstein in Guanajuato [+see also:
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), actor Zlatko Kićo Burić (the Pusher [+see also:
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trilogy, The Reaper [+see also:
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interview: Zvonimir Jurić
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), the artistic director of the Cottbus Film Festival, Bernd Buder, and writer Maurizio Braucci (Pasolini [+see also:
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interview: Abel Ferrara
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, Gomorrah [+see also:
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interview: Domenico Procacci
interview: Jean Labadie
interview: Matteo Garrone
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).

The international competition boasts titles such as Dheepan [+see also:
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Q&A: Jacques Audiard
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, The Lobster [+see also:
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Q&A: Yorgos Lanthimos
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, Parabellum [+see also:
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interview: Lukas Valenta Rinner
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, Trash [+see also:
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, Bota [+see also:
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interview: Iris Elezi
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and Koza [+see also:
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, and is organised as part of Rendez-vous the French festival in Croatia. It will be judged by a jury comprising Croatian producer Olinka Vištica, Serbian director Srdjan Dragojević and British journalist Christopher Goodwin

The full list of international competition titles can be found here

A jury called “Friends and Neighbours”, which includes Karlovy Vary's Karel OchIda [+see also:
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interview: Pawel Pawlikowski
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writer Rebecca Lenckiewicz and Martina Petrović of Creative Europe Croatia, will pick the best film from the region from among all of the programmes. 

Other sidebars include Short Pula (a competition selection of 16 Croatian short films), a Short Matters section, the youth-orientated Dizalica programme and the children's Pulica programme. 

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