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Strong line-up for 55th edition of Pula

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Strong line-up for 55th edition of Pula

The 55th edition of the Pula Film Festival – which used to be the national festival of the former Yugoslavia – will take place from July 19-26. For the anniversary, Branko Belan's Concert, the first Croatian film at the first festival in 1954, will have a special screening.

Besides famous open-air cinemas Arena and Kastel, the former theatre Zagreb has been renovated and renamed Cinema Valli, in honour of legendary actress Alida Valli, who was born in Pula.

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The National Competition comprises seven films by Croatia’s most internationally acclaimed directors: Goran Rusinovic's Buick Riviera, Dalibor Matanic's Kino Lika, Vinko Bresan's Will Not End There (Nije Kraj), Zrinko Ogresta's Behind the Glass (Iza Stakla), Tomislav Radic's Three Stories About Sleeplessness (Tri Price O Nespavanju), Fadil Hadzic's Remember Vukovar (Zapamtite Vukovar) and Arsen Anton Ostojic's No One's Son (Niciji Sin).

The International Competition is focused on genre films, and will thus present Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Unknown [+see also:
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(Italy/France), Robert Guediguian’s Lady Jane [+see also:
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(France), the Dardenne brothers’ The Silence of Lorna [+see also:
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(Belgium/UK/France/Italy), Jan Sverak’s Empties [+see also:
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(Czech Republic/UK), A Girl Cut in Two [+see also:
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by Claude Chabrol (Germany/France), Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky [+see also:
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(UK), Eric Rohmer’s The Romance of Astrea and Celadon [+see also:
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(France/Italy/Spain), Maria Schrader’s Love Life [+see also:
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(Israel/Germany), Xiaoshuai Wang’s In Love We Trust (China), In the Arms of My Enemy by Micha Wald (France/Belgium/Canada) and Berlin winner The Elite Squad by Jose Padilha (Brazil).

The jury is composed of writer Nedeljko Fabrio, actors Niksa Kuselja and Jagoda Kaloper, editor Martin Tomic and film theorist Nikica Gilic.

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