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Pula Film Festival announces its Croatian and international programmes

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- The gathering has confirmed the key elements of the Croatian and international film selections for its 63rd edition

Pula Film Festival announces its Croatian and international programmes
An image from a previous edition of the Pula Film Festival

The Pula Film Festival Council has confirmed the key elements of the Croatian and international film selections of the 63rd Pula Film Festival (9-16 July 2016). Applications from Croatian filmmakers reached a record 105 films, of which 31 are features and 74 short films, intended for the Croatian programme.

The artistic board, comprising Hrvoje Pukšec, president, and members Mike Downey and Tanja Miličić, have selected 16 feature-length (seven in the competition, three out of competition, and six minority co-productions) and 18 short (17 in the competition, one minority co-production) films, making up the Croatian programme, and 16 international titles (12 competition and four out of competition).

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Here is a complete list of the films in the Croatian programme: Generation ’68 [+see also:
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by Nenad PuhovskiMinistry of Love [+see also:
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by Pavo MarinkovićShooting Stars [+see also:
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by Ivan-Goran Vitez, On the Other Side [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Tihana Lazovic
interview: Zrinko Ogresta
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by Zrinko Ogresta, All the Best [+see also:
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by Snježana TribusonConfusions by Lana Kosovac and Trampoline [+see also:
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by Katarina Zrinka Matijević will be in competition, while The Blue Cage by Bruna BajićLife is a Trumpet [+see also:
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interview: Antonio Nuić
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by Antonio Nuić and The Liberation of Skopje [+see also:
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by Rade and Danilo Šerbedžija will be out of it. The minority co-productions are A Good Wife [+see also:
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by Mirjana KaranovićFull Contact [+see also:
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by David VerbeekHouston, We Have A Problem! [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Žiga Virc
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by Žiga VircLazar [+see also:
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interview: Svetozar Ristovski
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by Svetozar RistovskiInterruption [+see also:
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interview: Daphné Patakia
interview: Yorgos Zois
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by Yorgos Zois and Sparrows [+see also:
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interview: Atli Óskar Fjalarsson
interview: Rúnar Rúnarsson
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by Rúnar Rúnarsson.

The International competition will screen Aloys [+see also:
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interview: Tobias Nölle
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by Tobias Nölle (Switzerland), Between Sea and Land by Carlos del Castillo (Columbia), Chevalier [+see also:
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by Athina Rachel Tsangari (Greece), Evolution [+see also:
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 by Lucile Hadzihalilovic (France), Illegitimate [+see also:
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interview: Adrian Sitaru
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by Adrian Sitaru (Romania), Kaili Blues by Gan Bi (China), Mammal [+see also:
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by Rebecca Daly (Ireland), Mountain [+see also:
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interview: Yaelle Kayam
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 by Yaëlle Kayam (Israel), The Dreamed Ones [+see also:
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by Ruth Beckermann (Austria), The Yard [+see also:
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 by Måns Månsson (Sweden) and Things to Come [+see also:
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Q&A: Mia Hansen-Løve
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 by Mia Hansen-Løve (France).

Apart from the current Croatian and international films, this year’s Pula Film Festival also offers the best films from recent Croatian history. Members of different film associations (the Croatian Film Directors’ Guild, Croatian Cinematographers Society, Croatian Producers Association, Film Makers Association of Croatia, and Croatian Society of Film Critics) had the task of selecting the five best films from the last 25 years of Croatia’s independence. They searched for five important pieces and found “the magnificent seven” (owing to the equal number of points that the films received). 

Artistic board member Mike Downey said: "We live in interesting times, and after three years on the artistic board, the one thing I have noticed is that the selection of Croatian films has become easier. Why? Well, the quality has just improved year on year, steadily. The first year, there was very little to choose from. I wouldn't have put one film in the arena if it had been up to me. Why advertise one's poverty? But the work done on quality control at the HAVC has been a game changer – not just in domestic Croatian film, but in the money going into international co-productions as well. It means that this year, we have a very strong programme of both Croatian majority and minority productions – and in the times in which we live, this sends a strong signal to the local politicians, the international industry and the public in general, who are returning to Croatian cinema."

For more information on all of the festival’s programmes and the films selected, visit the site.

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