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PALIĆ 2019

European Film Festival Palić announces an exciting line-up for its 26th edition

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- The Serbian film event will screen the best of European cinema and will host the world premiere of Ana Maria Rossi's Ajvar

European Film Festival Palić announces an exciting line-up for its 26th edition
Ajvar by Ana Maria Rossi

European Film Festival Palić has announced this year’s line-up. The 26th edition of one of the most prominent film events in the Balkan region will take place from 20-26 July and will be opened by Pedro Almodóvar's Pain & Glory [+see also:
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Q&A: Pedro Almodóvar
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. In the drama, starring Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia and Penélope Cruz in the lead roles, we see Salvador Mallo (Banderas), a fading film director, have a series of reunions and recall an array of memories. The story deals with several themes, such as the pain caused by a breakup in his twenties, writing as a therapy to forget, and his early discovery of cinema.

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This year's official selection includes Ladj Ly's Les Misérables [+see also:
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interview: Ladj Ly
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, inspired by the 2005 riots in the Paris suburbs and the winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes; Urša Menart's My Last Year as a Loser [+see also:
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, the big winner at last year's Slovenian Vesna Awards; Juris Kursietis' Oleg [+see also:
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interview: Juris Kursietis
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, a Latvian-Belgian-French co-production screened in the Cannes Directors' Fortnight; Safy Nebbou's Who You Think I Am [+see also:
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interview: Juliette Binoche
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, an adaptation of Camille Laurens' novel of the same name, starring Juliette Binoche; Ken Loach's drama Sorry We Missed You [+see also:
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Q&A: Ken Loach
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, based on the topic of zero-hour contracts and set in Newcastle; Yaron Shani's Chained [+see also:
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interview: Yaron Shani
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, the second instalment in the helmer's “Love Trilogy”; Péter Bergendy's crime flick Vault [+see also:
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; Teona Strugar Mitevska's God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya [+see also:
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interview: Teona Strugar Mitevska
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, which competed for the Golden Bear at Berlin last February; and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's Never Look Away [+see also:
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interview: Florian Henckel von Donners…
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, nominated for Best Foreign-language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

The closing film of this edition will be the Dardenne brothers' Young Ahmed [+see also:
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interview: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
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, a drama revolving around a young Belgian boy who plots to murder his teacher in the name of his religion.

On 25 July, the gathering will host the world premiere of the much-anticipated debut feature by director Ana Maria Rossi, entitled Ajvar [+see also:
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interview: Ana Maria Rossi
film profile
]
and penned by the helmer herself in tandem with Maja Todorovic. A Serbian-Montenegrin co-production, the film's plot centres on Vida (Natasa Ninkovic) and Bane (Sergej Trifunovic), a married couple who have been living in Scandinavia for a long time and cannot have children.

Speaking about this year's line-up, programmer Nenad Dukić said: “The Palić Film Festival attempts to be an accurate reflection of what European film production offers annually, in different fields and spanning all sorts of cinematic works – from big, feature-length productions to output from small film industries, and from documentaries to shorts. We always strive to strike a balance between well-known film auteurs and new, young directors who showcase their talent and artistic potential with their very first works.”

The festival has also announced the titles selected for the New Hungarian Film, Eco Dox, Parallels and Encounters, and Young Spirit of Europe sections, as well as the inclusion of a focus on contemporary Greek cinema, plus other sidebars and screenings.

For further information, the full festival programme is available here.

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