Pula Film Festival Artistic Director
HR-10000 Zagreb, Hrvatska / Croatia
You can also give the screener to our artistic director during the festivals in Berlin, Cannes, Venice or Rome. To schedule a meeting, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that our festival is a summer, mainly open-air festival, made for the general public. We especially like quality
genre films (comedies, thrillers, melodramas...). We screen only Croatian premieres. The deadline for the 57th festival
is 1 May 2010.
There is no entry fee nor entry form. Please enclose your direct or mobile phone and e-mail. If your film is selected, we will contact you asap. For issues regarding the international competition, please write to: email@example.com
At a press conference held on 31 March 2010 in Pula, the Pula Film Festival presented half of the twenty films from the International Programme, selected from world’s biggest festivals for premiere screenings in Pula. Furthermore, other preparations in terms of the programme and organization of the 57th Pula Film Festival were also discussed. Artistic Director Zlatko Vidackovic, Festival Director Zdenka Viskovic-Vukic and Festival Producer Tanja Milicic spoke at the press conference.
Europolis-Meridians International Programme shall opene on July, 10th with the film The Duchess by Saul Dibb. This British costume romantic drama about a young woman torn between her marital duties and her true love features Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes and Charlotte Rampling. The film premiered in Toronto, won the Academy Award and the BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design, and Ralph Fiennes was nominated for the Golden Globe.
From the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Festival comes the historical epic Tsar by Pavel Lungin. The film centres on Russian tsar Ivan the Terrible who expects to find an ally in the new Metropolitan Philip but falls deeper and deeper into fanaticism.
Italian actor and director Michele Placido, whom Pula remembers by the film Crime Novel (Romanzo Criminale), directed the semi-autobiographical film The Big Dream (Il Grande Sogno) that follows a young police officer who decides to become an actor during the student movement in 1968. The film comes to Pula from the Venice Film Festival competition. The Turin Film Festival premiered the French road film Give Me Your Hand (Donne-moi la main) by Pascal-Alex Vincent about a pair of twins who never knew their mother and who decide to go to Spain to her funeral.
The Czech film shall be represented with the drama English Strawberries (Anglické jahody) by Vladimir Drha. The film describes how a small place in the Czech province reacted to the Soviet intervention in 1968. The film was presented at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.
The American independent film A Single Man is a famous fashion designer Tom Ford’s directing debut. The film stars Colin Firth as a literature professor who losses his partner and after a period of bereavement finds beauty in small things in life. The film premiered in the competition of the Venice Film Festival where Colin Firth won the Coppa Volpi Award for Best Actor. The same role also won him the BAFTA Award and Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations.
From the Venice Film Festival comes the winner of the FIPRESCI Award and the SIGNIS Award – the much-praised drama Lourdes by Jessica Hausner, an Austrian, French and German production. A wheelchair-bound girl makes a journey to Lourdes hoping to be able to walk again. The film was also awarded at the Viennale where it won the Grand Prix.
From China comes the crime thriller Accident (Yi Ngoy) by Pou-Soi Cheang centred on an assassin who works by orchestrating fatal accidents but suspects that accidents that happen to his team are also orchestrated. The film screened in the competition of the Venice Film Festival.