SKOPJE: A total of 14 European films will compete for the main prizes of the 16th edition of Cinedays Festival of European Film, running 9 - 19 November in Skopje. Eight films will compete in the Official Competition and six in the CineBalkan Program.
The main competition includes two CEE films: The Erlprince (Poland) directed by Kuba Czekaj and Out (Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic) directed by György Kristóf. Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina are all represented in the CineBalkan competition.
The Square, a coproduction from Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark, that was the recipient of this year`s Cannes Film Festival Palme d`Or, will open the festival. The Macedonian/Greek coproduction Secret Ingredient / Tajnata sostojka directed by Gjorce Stavrevski will close the festival.
The festival will screen a total of 135 movies in several categories - Official Competition and CineBalkan and noncompetitive Gala Program, Music Documentaries Program, Swedish films in Country in Focus Program, Macedonian Short Film Program, CINEDAYS+ Program, Student Program and Children Program. The festival's additional programme includes seven concerts and four workshops.
The Official programme jury is composed of writer and director Semih Kaplanoğlu (president), producer Evgenia Tirdatova and producer Maria Drandaki, while the CineBalkan jury will be composed of Film New Europe correspondent, film critic and producer Pavlina Jeleva, and actors Velibor Topić and Nik Xhelilaj.
The festival will be followed by a 10-day film marathon, which includes 70 films. It is supported by the Macedonian Film Agency and the City of Skopje.
The Erlprince / Królewicz Olch (Poland) Directed by Kuba Czekaj Produced by Munk Studio – Polish Filmmakers Associations Coproduced by TVP, Odra Film, ORKA
Production Studio Supported by the Polish Film Institute, the Wroclaw Film Commission
Out (Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic) Directed by György Kristóf Produced by Sentimentalfilm, KMH Film Productions, Endorfilm, Mirage, Punkchart films, RTVS, FAMU Supported by Audiovizuálny fond, Magyar Nemzeti Filmalap, Státní fond kinematografie
Parents / Forældre (Denmark) Directed by Christian Tafdrup
Tehran Taboo (Germany, Austria) Directed by Ali Soozandeh
Holy Air / Hawa Moqaddas (Israel) Directed by Shady Srour
Heartstone / Hjartasteinn (Iceland, Denmark) Directed by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson
Amerika Square / Plateia Amerikis (Greece, UK, Germany) Directed by Yannis Sakaridis
Bodkin Ras (Netherlands, Belgium) Directed by Kaweh Modiri Produced by Revolver Films Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund
Wind / Vetar (Serbia) Directed by Tamara Drakulić Produced by Monkey Production and Cinnamon production
Unwanted / T’padashtun (Kosovo, Netherlands) Directed by Edon Rizvanolli
Frog / Žaba (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia) Directed by Elmir Jukić Produced by Rеfresh Production Coproduced by Skopje Film Studio, Living Pictures and Propeler Film Supported by the BiH Film Fund, the Macedonian Film Agency and Eurimages
Daybreak / Dita zë fill (Albania, Greece) Directed by Gentian Koçi
The Trampoline / Trampolin (Croatia) Directed by Katarina Zrinka Matijević Produced by Interfilm Supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre
Blue Silence / Mavi Sessizlik (Turkey, Belgium) Directed by Bülent Öztürk