Zim and Co. wins third Festival of European Film
by Vladan Petkovic
Pierre Jolivet’s Zim and Co. [+see also:
film profile] won the Grand Prize of the third Festival of European Film in Ljubljana (May 6-12), organized by EUNIC – Slovenia, the European Union of National Institutes for Culture with the initiative of the Goethe Institute Ljubljana in co-operation with 13 European Embassies and cultural centres in the Slovenian capital.
The festival was established in 2006, when it was held in Portoroz, Izola and Nova Gorica. In 2007, it was a special section of the 10th Slovenian Film Festival in Portoroz called “European Dialogues”. The Festival of European Film aims at introducing a diverse programme of contemporary European cinema that is not accessible to Slovenian audiences.
This year the festival presented 12 European films in competition, as well as a selection of youth feature films from Slovenia, Germany and Lithuania in the programme “Young Heroes”.
Other competition titles were Riccardo Milani’s Piano, Solo [+see also:
film profile] (Italy), Tiomo Koivusalo's The Leaning Tower (Finland), The Counterfeiters [+see also:
film profile]by Stefan Ruzowitzky (Austria – this year’s Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film), Jacob Berger’s That Day (Switzerland), Benedek Fliegauf's Milky Way (Hungary), Saviour Square [+see also:
film profile] by Joanna Kos and Krzystof Krauze (Poland), Robert Thalheim's And Along Come Tourists [+see also:
interview: Alexander Fehling
film profile] (Germany), Ghetto by Audrius Juzenas (Lithuania), Cagan Imrak's My Father and My Son (Turkey), Love Sick by Razvan Radulescu (Romania) and Ilmar Raag's The Class [+see also:
film profile] (Estonia).
The jury comprised Slovenian producer Dunja Klemenc, behind Danis Tanovic’s 2002 Academy Award winner No Man's Land [+see also:
film profile]; Jaroslav Skrusny, editor of a cultural programme on Slovenian National Television; and film critic Bojan Kavcic.
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