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FESTIVALS Croatia

31 European films in competitions in Zagreb

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The 8th Zagreb Film Festival (October 17-23), will present competition programmes of first or second films in feature, documentary and shorts sections.

Features in competition include Jorgen Bergmark’s A Rational Solution [+see also:
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, winner of Arte France Cinema Award at Rotterdam; Calin Peter Netzer’s Medal of Honor [+see also:
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, winner of five awards at Thessaloniki, including the Silver Alexander; Feo Aladag’s When We Leave [+see also:
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, winner of Label Europa Cinemas at Berlin and in competition for the European Parliament LUX Prize 2010 (see the video interview); Babak Najafi’s Sebbe [+see also:
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, winner of Best Debut Film at Berlin; Ivan-Goran Vitez’s Forest Creatures [+see also:
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, winner of Best Costume Design and Best Editing at Croatia’s national Pula Film Festival; Nikola Lezaic’s Tilva Rosh, winner of Best Film and Best Actor at Sarajevo; Benjamin Heisenberg’s The Robber [+see also:
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, winner of Best Director at the Palic Festival of European Film; and Samantha Morton’s The Unloved.

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Non-European feature films are Debra Granik’s Winter Bone (US) which took Grand Jury Prize in Dramatic Competition at Sundance, as well as Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award; Xavier Dolan’s Heartbeats (Canada), winner of Grand Prix at the Sydney Film Festival; and Taika Waititi’s Boy from New Zealand.

In the documentary competition, Europe has 14 out of the total of 16 films, including Heloisa Sartorato’s I Am Jesus (Italy), Janis JurkovisChildren of Karosta (Estonia/Latvia), Ross McDonnell’s Colony (Ireland), Diana Fabianova’s The Moon Inside You (Slovakia/Spain/France), Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop [+see also:
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(UK), Tomek Wysokinski’s Incantatio (Poland), Alexander Nanau’s The World According to Ion B. (Romania) and Vanja Kovacevic’s A Star Is Born (Serbia).

In the shorts section, nine out of the ten films come from Europe.

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