SEOUL: The sci-fi epic shot at Prague's Barrandov Studios by South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho over the last year has set a pre-sales record for a Korean film, according to the distributor. Snowpiercer, the post-apocalypse adaptation of a hit book, set on a massive train traveling around a frozen world, has been sold to 167 countries ahead its release in August, says Korean media giant CJ Entertainment.

The official program of the 66th edition of the Festival del film Locarno was announced at today's press conference, Wednesday 17 July, under the presidency of Marco Solari.

The complete line-up can be downloaded here. The program, including the selection of the films in competition, the expected guests and all events of the 2013 edition can be consulted by visiting the following sections on the Pardo Live website:

The official Jurys: The Jury for the Concorso internazionale, the Concorso Cineasti del presente, the Pardi di domani (short films), and the First Feature Jury.

Concorso internazionale: The 20 feature films, 18 of which are world premieres, in competition for the Pardo d'oro.

Concorso Cineasti del presente: The competition dedicated to first and second features, with 16 films in selection.

Piazza Grande: The 16 films of Piazza Grande, the 8,000-seat open air cinema.

Fuori concorso: A panoramic view of contemporary cinema: Death Row II by Werner Herzog, Focus on Syria, a program of artist's films and a program of shorts by established filmmakers.

Pardi di domani: The competitions dedicated to short cinema.

Histoire(s) du cinéma: Film history presented by its protagonists.

Premi speciali: The Festival's five special awards to artists of world renown.

Retrospettiva George Cukor: The director's entire body of work, accompanied by guests, discussions, presentations and events.

Open Doors: Opening this year onto South Caucasus, with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

The Presskits, photos and some film excerpts (broadcast and web quality) of the official selection are availaible on the website's press area. For press credentials, please contact the press office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The 66th edition of the Festival del film Locarno will take place 7-17 August 2013.

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From August 24th until the 31st Zadar will become the meeting ground for film enthusiasts and professionals who will have the opportunity to enjoy in interesting film meetings and film titles: new art-house films, first features, documentaries, short films, mainstream titles. The films in the main programme, which consists of films made in the European coproduction, will be rated by a renowned international film jury whose members are: Arta Dobroshi, Krzysztof Zanussi, Shigeru Umebayashi, Dean Šoša and Christian Jeune.

Actress Arta Dobroshi became famous with the film “Le Silence de Lorna” by the Dardenne brothers which won the Palme d’Or in 2008 at the Cannes Film Festival for the best screenplay.
Krzysztof Zanussi is a famous Polish and European film director, and when people are talking about worldwide influences of the Polish cinematography, they will always mention the name of Wajda, Kieslowski and Zanussi. Krzysztof Kieslowski was inspired with Zanussi’s work, and Zanussi had a cameo role in Kieslowski’s film. Zanussi is an artist who was picked by the “Polish Pope” John Paul II as a consultant for AV culture and this is his first visit to Croatia, to the Meadow of John Paul II in Zadar (Forum), to the cinema under the clear bright sky.

Shigeru Umebayashi is a Japanese film composer who created music for numerous Japanese and Chinese film but on the West he is most famous for his work with the director Wong Karwai and music for the films: “In the Mood for Love”, “2046”, “The Grandmaster”. Furthermore “House of Flying Daggers” by Yimou Zhang, together with the Polish composer Korzeniowski he made music for Tom Ford’s “Single Man” (remark: the film’s cinematographer, Eduard Grau, was a guest on the 1st Avvantura Festival Filmforumzadar). He was also hired by Winterbottom for the film “Trishna” and by the German director Veit Helmer (winner of the Audience Award on the last years Avvantura Festival Filmforumzadar for his film “Baikonur”) for his film “Absurdistan”.

Dean Šoša is a film critic, editor and chief editor of the praised “cultural” Third programme of the Croatian Television.
Christian Jeune is the director of the Film section and chief selector for the world’s film festival, the Cannes Film Festival. He is in charge of preselecting and selecting films and he is the one that in the end has to say “NO” to 90% of films which have had the chance to enter Cannes’ official programme. This year, he has watched around 1800 films and rejected 1700 of them, he coordinated 950 film screenings and Variety magazine says that he is the “local hero”.

This jury, consisting of five members, will chose among the best films like “Broken circle breakdown” a festival hit film which was awarded by the audience on the Berlin Film Festival and European cinemas are calling it the best film. It has also won an award for best screenplay and best actress on the Tribeca Film Festival. The film will be shown for the first time in Croatia and the Belgian director Felix Van Groeningen brings an unusual mixture of tears and bluegrass music.

The Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur, famous outside his homeland and successful in Hollywood, in his new hit “The Deep” brings a story based on a real life event, about a man who spent hours swimming in a frozen sea.

Actress Judita Franković is amongst the jury members which will evaluate film in the 1st and 2nd Film section, German director of South African roots Pia Marais whose film “Layla Fourie” was in the main programme at this year’s Berlinale is a jury member in the Eye on Films section. Eye on Film is a film platform, a business model for promoting, circulation and distribution of first feature films and it has numerous partners: around 40 distributers, 50 festivals (Avvantura Festival is the only one in Croatia) and this programme for opening doors into the film world for unknown authors has developed WIDE, one of the leading European sales agents with the support of the MEDIA Mundus programme.

Short films will also be competing in Zadar, so in cooperation with European Film Academy we are showing the best European short films of the year and in cooperation with the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Austrian Film Academy, the Festival brings the best Austrian short films.

Thanks to a fertile cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Fund in Zagreb, from Austria we are having real film treats in the tribute to one of the leading European and world director, Michael Haneke. On our great pleasure, Austria is Festival’s “Partner country” this year. Within this cooperation, we are having a premiere showing of the film “Soldate Jeanette” by Daniel Hoesel, the winner of the Rotterdam Film Festival (Tiger Award) and we are bringing the film’s crew.

In the programme “Classics at the Adria” we are showing a retrospective of the renowned French director and aesthetician, Robert Bresson (1991-1999).
In its industry section, the Festival is organizing several different workshops and master classes so in cooperation with the Croatian Film Association we are having one of the most esteemed authors from the Zagreb school for animated films, Nedeljko Dragić, director of the awarded “Tup-tup”. During the 60-s, Dragić was in the shortlist for an Oscar and he is the author of the famous character Zagi. Anyone interested can apply for this workshop.

As a Festival which focuses on coproduction, outside of competition, we are also screening interesting titles such as “Hives” by Ivan Kelava, made in coproduction of five European film academies. Documentary Film “Google and the World Brain” puts a difficult question to Google which is preparing a huge but controversial world book, available to all.
“The Stranger” (“Obrana i zaštita”) by Bobo Jelčić is amongst the Croatian titles in the section Made in Croatia. We are very pleased that in the new programme Zadar Film Corner there will be many excitements and surprises, and we will be showing films that were made in the last 12 months: short film, German documentary film, the director Hermann Vaske has filmed a part of his documentary “Balkan Spirit” during his stay at the Festival. Last year, the Festival’s crew brought to the Zadar set the production of one of the most popular Czech TV series “Vypravej” which has 2 million viewers in its homeland. Since the very beginning we are promoting Zadar as a film location and destination, and during the times when even small towns are digitalizing theatres, there is no place in Zadar where you could watch the films like the ones that will be screened during the AVVANTURA FESTIVAL FILMFORUMZADAR.  In the Zadar Film Corner we are hiding a huge surprise, especially for the audience in Zadar.

A week before the projectors are turned on and screens are set up; on Zadar’s locations AVVANTURA is brining Documentary Campus Masterschool with around 50 participants around the world which are developing the selected projects with the support of big film house like: BBC, DISCOVERY CHANNEL, HISTORY CHANNEL, ORF, FRANCE TV, SPIGEL TV, ZDF, SKY VISION and many others. The Campus will be closed pitching and an industry event.
Croatia Goes Cross-Media is a home three day programme in organization of the Aning d.o.o. film production in which the participants have the opportunity to gather knowledge and information from world’s leading experts in the growing area of cross-media to which the Zadar festival is giving a lot of attention since the very beginning.

There will also be a lot of fun in Zadar, we are merging film and kitchen in a theme night called “In the mood for love”, we are also preparing concerts, exhibitions, parties... The complete festival programme will be announced in the beginning of August and all information will be available on the web, Twitter and our Facebook page.
Again this year, as an official partner, the Festival is supported by Fund of the European Council for cinematography support, Eurimages, and the Festival could not be realized without the support of the City of Zadar, general sponsor Croatian Telecom, Croatian Audio-Visual Centre and other partnering institutions.


WARSAW: The director of Mundial. The Highest Stakes is taking on the world of male volleyball in The Team.

Polish Days is the key industry event of the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, focused on presentation of latest Polish films to an international industry in a series of closed screenings. This year's edition will take place on 24-26 July 2013.

Around 200 professionals, among them sales agents, distributors, producers, TV buyers and festival programmers will get exclusive access to six latest Polish films, nine works in progress and twelve pitchings of projects in development.

The six completed films shown at closed industry screenings include Karlovy Vary favorites - Special Mention winner Papusza by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze and East of the West competition winner Floating Skyscrapers by Tomasz Wasilewski, as well as Karlovy Vary/Hot Docs title The Man Who Made Angels Fly by Wiktoria Szymańska. Three further films that haven’t had an international premiere yet are: documentary Six Degrees by Bartosz Dombrowski, feature-length graduation film from Lodz Film School Caged Swallow by Bartosz Warwas and finally Warsaw Stories - an omnibus film by Maciej Cuske, Kacper Lisowski, Nenad Mikovic and Mateusz Rakowicz.

This year’s nine works in progress (presentation of short clips or unfinished films) include many high-profile titles, such as Urszula Antoniak’s Nude Area: Love In 15 Fragments, Wojciech Smarzowski’s The Mighty Angel, Władysław Pasikowski’s Jack Strong and Marcin Koszałka’s Red Spider.

Other films include The Photographer by Waldemar Krzystek, Little Crushes by Irek Grzyb and Aleksandra Gowin, and three debut features: Kebab & Horoscope by Grzegorz Jaroszuk, Hardkor Disko by Krzysztof Skonieczny and Performer by Łukasz Ronduda and Maciej Sobieszczański.

Among the twelve new film projects that will be pitched to a group of international professionals are new films by Jan Komasa (Warsaw44), Paweł Borowski (Wooma), Ryszard Bugajski (The Butler) and Marcin Wrona (Lovesong).

Other films include All the Animals With You by Anna Wieczur-Bluszcz, 82 by Grzegorz Pacek, The Erlprince by Kuba Czekaj, Heart Core by Grzegorz Korczak, Roman and Rose by Julia Kowalski, Budapest Diaries by Rafał Kapeliński, I, Olga Hepnarova by Petr Kazda and Tomas Weinreb and Love Express. The Strange Case of Walerian Borowczyk by Kuba Mikurda.

Among the attending industry guests, there are sales agents, such as Films Boutique, Level K, Memento, MK2, Trust Nordisk, Intramovies, Urban Distribution, Wide Management, Sixpack and New Europe Film Sales, distributors: Wild Bunch Aero Films, EYE Film Institute Netherlands, Gutek Film, Imagine, Just, Kino Świat and Metrodome. Confirmed TV buyers include Canal+, Polsat and TVP.

Festival programmers from Busan, Semaine de la Critique, Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary, Tribeca, SXSW, Thessaloniki, Hamburg, Gothenburg, Hong Kong, Cottbus, Go East Wiesbaden, Istanbul, Munich, Seattle, Stockholm and Transilvania will also participate. Berlinale will be represented by Dieter Kosslick, Nikolai Nikitin, Christoph Terhechte (Forum) and Florian Weghorn (Generation).

Polish Days are co-organized with the Polish Film Institute and supported by the City of Wrocław and T-Mobile. Partners include Adam Mickiewicz's Institute, Film Commission Poland, Krakow Film Commission, City of Łódź and Łódź Film Commission, Mazovia-Warsaw Film Commission, Poznań Film Commission, Silesia Film Commission, Wrocław Film Commission and Festivalscope.

KRAKOW: The Krakow Regional Film Fund ( announced grants of 983,500 PLN to be distributed to two feature films, two animated films and four documentaries.

WARSAW: Polish public broadcaster TVP made a profit of 8.8 m PLN profit in the first five months of 2013, significantly surpassing the station's results from
previous years.

WARSAW: Bodo Kox creates a colorful and original story about two
brothers who welcome a mysterious woman into their lives.