FESTIVALS: Eight Films Selected for Main Competition in Skopje’s Cinedays Festival

The Erlprince by Kuba Czekaj The Erlprince by Kuba Czekaj

SKOPJE: A total of 14 European films will compete for the main prizes of the 16th edition of Cinedays Festival of European Film, running 9 - 19 November in Skopje. Eight films will compete in the Official Competition and six in the CineBalkan Program.

The main competition includes two CEE films: The Erlprince (Poland) directed by Kuba Czekaj and Out (Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic) directed by György Kristóf. Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina are all represented in the CineBalkan competition.

The Square, a coproduction from Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark, that was the recipient of this year`s Cannes Film Festival Palme d`Or, will open the festival. The Macedonian/Greek coproduction Secret Ingredient / Tajnata sostojka directed by Gjorce Stavrevski will close the festival.

The festival will screen a total of 135 movies in several categories - Official Competition and CineBalkan and noncompetitive Gala Program, Music Documentaries Program, Swedish films in Country in Focus Program, Macedonian Short Film Program, CINEDAYS+ Program, Student Program and Children Program. The festival's additional programme includes seven concerts and four workshops.

The Official programme jury is composed of writer and director Semih Kaplanoğlu (president), producer Evgenia Tirdatova and producer Maria Drandaki, while the CineBalkan jury will be composed of Film New Europe correspondent, film critic and producer Pavlina Jeleva, and actors Velibor Topić and Nik Xhelilaj.

The festival will be followed by a 10-day film marathon, which includes 70 films. It is supported by the Macedonian Film Agency and the City of Skopje.

Official competition:

The Erlprince / Królewicz Olch (Poland)
Directed by Kuba Czekaj
Produced by Munk Studio – Polish Filmmakers Associations
Coproduced by  TVP, Odra FilmORKA
 Production Studio 
Supported by the Polish Film Institute, the Wroclaw Film Commission

Out (Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic)
Directed by György Kristóf
Produced by SentimentalfilmKMH Film ProductionsEndorfilm, Mirage, Punkchart filmsRTVSFAMU
Supported by Audiovizuálny fondMagyar Nemzeti FilmalapStátní fond kinematografie

Parents / Forældre (Denmark)
Directed by Christian Tafdrup

Tehran Taboo (Germany, Austria)
Directed by Ali Soozandeh

Holy Air / Hawa Moqaddas (Israel)
Directed by Shady Srour

Heartstone / Hjartasteinn (Iceland, Denmark)
Directed by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson

Amerika Square / Plateia Amerikis (Greece, UK, Germany)
Directed by Yannis Sakaridis

Bodkin Ras (Netherlands, Belgium)
Directed by Kaweh Modiri
Produced by Revolver Films
Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund

CineBalkan Program:

Wind / Vetar (Serbia)
Directed by Tamara Drakulić
Produced by Monkey Production and Cinnamon production

Unwanted / T’padashtun (Kosovo, Netherlands)
Directed by Edon Rizvanolli

Frog / Žaba (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia) 
Directed by Elmir Jukić
Produced by Rеfresh Production
Coproduced by Skopje Film StudioLiving Pictures  and Propeler Film
Supported by the BiH Film Fund, the Macedonian Film Agency and Eurimages

Daybreak / Dita zë fill (Albania, Greece)
Directed by Gentian Koçi

The Trampoline / Trampolin (Croatia)
Directed by Katarina Zrinka Matijević
Produced by Interfilm
Supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre

Blue Silence / Mavi Sessizlik (Turkey, Belgium)
Directed by Bülent Öztürk