The 14th hunt for the Golden Egg kicks off in Kustendorf
by Ola Salwa
- The festival founded by Emir Kusturica, aimed at connecting young and seasoned filmmakers, will be held online this year
The Kustendorf Film Festival, the 14th edition of which kicks off today, 22 January, held in the tiny ski resort that was originally built as a set for Emir Kusturica’s Life Is a Miracle, is one of those annual gatherings that boast both a great programme and an enchanting atmosphere. While visiting the festival, you can talk to seasoned filmmakers such as the founder himself, as well as up-and-coming Kusturicas – emerging talents from all over the world, who can show off their first efforts and enjoy all-night discussions about art and life, which only the youth can stomach.
Owing to the pandemic, only the film part of the programme has been salvaged, and it’s definitely worth spending the time to enjoy it online. The international short-film competition, simply called Competition, consists of 22 titles, produced in Serbia and abroad: Poland, Austria, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Germany, Romania, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Israel, Iran, Germany, Russia, Denmark, Romania, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Montenegro and France. The best of the bunch – as chosen by the jury consisting of Alice Rohrwacher, Bruno Tarrière and Miki Manojlović – will receive the Golden, Silver and Bronze Eggs. Additionally, French DoP Michel Amathieu will decide on the laureate of the Vilko Filac Award for Cinematography.
The newcomer-centric programme will be complemented by screenings of recent films by more experienced filmmakers – Dear Comrades [+see also:
film profile] by Andrey Konchalovskiy, Wendy by Benh Zeitlin, Miss Marx [+see also:
interview: Susanna Nicchiarelli
film profile] by Susanna Nichiarelli, Una Promessa [+see also:
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film profile] by Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio, and Dissolve by late Korean master Kim Ki-duk. The directors of all but the last film will meet with the audience during special, online conversations. Additionally, Emir Kusturica himself will be talking to Dinara Zhumagaliyeva, the producer of and lead actress in Dissolve. The Serbian master will also present an extended version of his famed masterpiece Underground in four episodes, lasting almost six hours in total, within a section appropriately called “Retrospective of the Giants”.
The 14th Kustendorf Film Festival will wrap on Monday 25 January.
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