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CANNES 2016 Market

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South-East European countries join forces at the Cannes Film Market

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- For the seventh year, eight countries from South-East Europe are welcoming film professionals to the SEE Pavilion at the Cannes Film Market

South-East European countries join forces at the Cannes Film Market
Nightlife by Damjan Kozole

For the seventh time, eight countries from South-East Europe are participating in the Cannes Film Market together. Over the past decade, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Cyprus and Croatia have embraced international co-production as a primary financing model that boosts their capabilities and chances for international distribution. Recent, very successful and internationally acclaimed titles from the region include The High Sun [+see also:
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, The Lesson [+see also:
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interview: Margita Gosheva
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and Class Enemy [+see also:
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interview: Rok Biček
interview: Rok Bicek
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At this year’s Film Market, the SEE Pavilion will present many new titles. Slovenia is taking four films to the market: Nightlife [+see also:
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 by Damjan Kozole, about an affluent, upper-middle-class couple who are forced to face their deepest fears and break every moral standard they once had (distributed by Cinemania group); Come Along [+see also:
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 by Igor Šterk, following a school competition to find the best photograph, which turns into a struggle for survival – a reflection on today’s world when technology stops working and our ‘primal’ human instincts come to light; Houston, We Have a Problem! [+see also:
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interview: Žiga Virc
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by Žiga Virc, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and is a film about the rumour that in 1961, Yugoslavia sold its secret space programme to the USA, thus saving America’s reputation in the space race (sales courtesy of Submarine Entertainment); and A Comedy of Tears by Marko Sosič, a story about the solitary life of a cynical and racist elderly man. Slovenia will also screen a film in the Official Selection’s Cannes Classics programme, The Valley of Peace (1956) by France Štiglic, which unfolds during World War II and follows two young orphans, a German girl and a Slovenian boy, who escape from a town that has been bombed. The children are helped to find a safer place by an African-American pilot, played by John Kitzmiller, who with this role became the first black actor to win the Best Actor Award at Cannes. 

Serbia will screen The Rift [+see also:
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 by Dejan Zečević (sold by Jinga Films), in which an American military satellite crashes in Eastern Serbia and a team of agents is dispatched to secure what remains of it; the award-winning A Good Wife [+see also:
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by Mirjana Karanović (sales agent Films Boutique), a story about a woman who comes to the sudden realisation that the suburban paradise she thought she was living in has been shattered; and another award-winning Serbian film, Enclave [+see also:
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by Goran Radovanović (sales agent EastWest Filmdistribution), about a Christian boy who is determined to hold a proper community burial for his grandfather and crosses enemy lines, making friends among the Muslim majority in deeply divided, war-torn Kosovo. 

Croatia will present three films at the Film Market: Goran [+see also:
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interview: Nevio Marasović
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 by Nevio Marasović, a thriller about a man struggling to survive while taking care of his blind wife (sales agent Wide); On the Other Side [+see also:
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interview: Tihana Lazovic
interview: Zrinko Ogresta
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by Zrinko Ogresta, about a middle-aged woman leading a quiet life until, out of the blue, she gets a call that threatens to drastically change her way of life (sales agent Cercamon); and A Two Way Mirror by Katarina-Zrinka Matijević, a poetic documentary that illustrates different states of mind. Serbia and Croatia will also present their co-production Train Driver’s Diary [+see also:
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interview: Milos Radović
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by Miloš Radovic (international sales Zillion), following the difficult life of a train driver, as during their careers, train drivers unintentionally kill 20 to 30 people, who are either suicidal, careless, drunk or just absent-minded.

Bulgaria is presenting two films: the new project by the duo behind The Lesson, Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov, called Glory [+see also:
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, a drama following a railway worker who finds a substantial amount of money (sold by Wide); and Snow [+see also:
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, a Bulgarian-Ukrainian co-production by Ventsislav Vasilev, a movie revolving around decisions, betrayal and forgiveness between brothers and sons (sales agent Summerside International). Macedonia will screen Amok by Vardan Tozija, about a cruel chain of events that turns a quiet and introverted boy into the fierce leader of a group of ruthless youngsters (sales Reel Suspects), while Bosnia and Herzegovina is represented by Death in Sarajevo [+see also:
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interview: Danis Tanovic
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, Danis Tanović’s film, following the existential fears and moral dilemmas that plague modern Europe, a co-production between Bosnia and Herzegovina and France (sales agent The Match Factory). 

Among the international co-productions from the region that will be shown at the Cannes Film Market is Sieranevada [+see also:
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Q&A: Cristi Puiu
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by Cristi Puiu (Romania, France, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia), in competition for the Palme d'Or and sold by Elle Driver

The address of the SEE Pavilion at the Cannes Film Market is SEE Pavilion n. 134 Village International Riviera. For more information about the programme, click here

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