FESTIVALS: CEE Films Dominate Valletta Film Fest Competition

Pause by Tonia MIshiali Pause by Tonia MIshiali

VALLETTA: Central and East European films comprise half of the 12-film line-up in the international feature film competition of the Valletta Film Festival, which opens on 14 June 2019 in the capital of Malta. The competition sections are dedicated to Cinema of Small Nations.

Another 24 films compete in the short film section, with CEE presence even more pronounced. Croatia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Estonia, Georgia, Slovakia, Cyprus and Malta will all compete for the best short film award. Malta has four films in this section.

The feature film competition includes films representing Croatia, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia, Slovenia and Slovakia.

One of the highlights of the festival are the open air screenings presented free of charge to the public in Valetta’s main square.

The films in the Feature Film Competition are:

A Dog Called Money (Ireland, UK)
Directed by Seamus Murphy

A Shelter Among Clouds (Albania)
Directed by Robert Budina

The Band / Kapela (Slovakia, Czech Republic)
Directed by Ladislav Kaboš
Produced by Media film
Coproduced by RTVS, Kabos Film & Media, Czech Television
Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic and the Slovak Audiovisual Fund

Delta Zoo (Lithuania)
Directed and produced by Andrius Lekavidius

Deep Cuts (Croatia)
Directed by Filip Peruzović, Filip Mojzeš, Dubravka Turić
Produced by Kinematograf
Supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, City of Zagreb, Office for Gender Equality / Ured za ravnopravnost spolova Vlade Republike Hrvatske

Erased (Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia)
Directed by Miha Mazzini
Produced by Gustav film (Serbia)
Coproduced by Kinorama (Croatia), Delirium (Serbia), Pakt Media (Slovenia), Christoph Thoke (Germany)

The Hypnotist (Finland)
Directed by Arthur Franck

Oleg (Latvia, Belgium, Lithuania, France)
Directed by Juris Kursietis
Produced by Tasse Film (Latvia)
Coproduced by InScript (Lithuania), Iota Production (Belgium), Arizona Productions (France)
Supported by the National Film Centre of Latvia, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel, Belgian Tax Incentives, Eurimages and the Lithuanian Film Centre

Pause (Cyprus, Greece)
Directed by Tonia Mishiali
Produced by A.B. Seahorse Film Productions
Coproduced by Soul Productions and Authorwave
Supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture from Cyprus, the Greek Film Centre and SEE Cinema Network

Sons of Denmark (Denmark)
Directed by Ulaa Salim

Where Man Returns (Norway)
Directed by Egil Haskjold Larsen

Winter’s Yearning (Norway, Greenland, Denmark)
Directed by Sturla Pilskog, Sidse Thorstholm Larse