FESTIVALS: Cinedays European Film Festival Opens in Skopje

The Load by Ognjen Glavonić The Load by Ognjen Glavonić

SKOPJE: Fourteen European films will compete for the main prizes of the 17th edition of Cinedays Festival of European Film, running 8 - 18 November in Skopje. Eight films will compete in the Official Competition and six in the CineBalkan Programme.

Тhis year the festival will have an informal opening in the Youth Cultural Center with UK/Belgian/Italian/German coproduction The Happy Prince directed by the British actor Rupert Everett. Macedonian indie feature Hey! / Еј by Macedonian director Vasil Hristov will close the festival.

More than 100 films will be screened in several categories: Official Competition and CineBalkan and noncompetitive Gala Programme, Music Documentaries Programme, Eye on Films Programme, Macedonian Short Film Programme, MK in EU Programme, Retrospective of early works of Milos Forman, CINEDAYS+ Programme, Student Programme and Children Programme. Over 20 titles in the attractive gala-programme with the latest performances by Lars von Trier, Godard, Sorrentino, Pawlikowski, Spike Li, Yorgos Lanthimos…

The festival's additional programme includes eleven concerts and five workshops, one forum with focus on film festivals, two films exhibitions and the first CINEIndustry Film Market, which is a two-days event focused on distribution. The films will be screened in cinemas Milenium and Frosina and the Pocket cinema of the Youth Cultural Center during the 11 festival days.

The Official programme jury is composed of three women: film and theatre actress Verica Nedeska, film professor and theoretician Alexandra Nakelski and Brigitta Manthey, advisor for film funding at Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, while the CineBalkan jury is composed of a director and writer Izer Aliu, Slovene/French actress and performer Inti Šraj and Turkish producer and writer Servan Güney.  

The festival is supported by the Macedonian Film Agency and the City of Skopje.

Official competition:

The Load / Teret (Serbia, Croatia, France, Iran, Qatar)
Directed by Ognjen Glavonic
Produced by Non-Aligned Films,
Coproduced by  Cinéma Defacto, Kinorama, Three Garden Films and Dart Film & Video; Supported by Aide aux cinémas du monde — CNC, Eurimages, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Visions Sud Est, Film Center Serbia, Hubert Bals Fund, Doha Film Institute and the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina.

Via Carpatia (Poland, Macedonia, Czech Republic)
Directed by Klara Kochańska, Kasper Bajon
Produced by MD4
Coproduced by Chimney Poland, Kijora FilmSound Mind – Michał Fojcik, Sektor Film Skopje, Heaven’s Gate (Czech Republic) 
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Ti imaš noć / You Have the Night (Montenegro, Serbia, Qatar)
Directed by Ivan Salatić
Produced by Meander Film
Coproduced by Non-Aligned Films, in association with Gustav Film
Supported by Film Center MontenegroFilm Center Serbia 

Cops (Austria)
Directed by Stefan Lukacs aka Istvan

When the Trees Fall (Ukraine, Poland, Macedonia)
Directed by Marysia Nikitiuk
Produced by Directory Films
Coproduced by Message Film, Fokus In

Ana By Day / Ana de dia (Spain)
Directed by Andrea Jaurrieta

Alone at My Wedding / Seule à mon mariage (Belgium)
Directed by Marta Bergman

Touch Me Not / Nu mă atinge-mă (Romania, Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, France)
Directed by Adina Pintilie
Produced by Manekino Film
Coproduced by RohFilm Productions, PINK Agitprop Ltd and Les Films de l'Étranger
Supported by the Romanian Film CentreEURIMAGES, Torino Film Lab, MDM (Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung) Germany, the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Czech Film Fund, Strasbourg Urban Community, MEDIA 

CineBalkan Programme:

The Chaotic Life of Nada Kadić / Kaotični život Nade Kadić (Mexico / Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Directed by Marta Hernaiz

Bandits in Search of Mom / Banditi u potrazi za mamom (Serbia)
Directed by Kosta Ristić
Produced by Faculty of Dramatic Arts Belgrade, Cinnamon Production, Platforma

cinedays2018 headerBorders, Raindrops / Granice, kiše (Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Sweden, United Kingdom)
Directed by Nikola Mijović & Vlastimir Sudar
Produced by Balkan Kino
Coproduced by Montenegro Max Films, Oscar Film, Media Plus

Lazy Guy/ Lijenština (Montenegro)
Directed by Aleksa Stefan Radunovic

Arada (Turkey)
Directed by Mu Tunc

The Marriage (Kosovo)
Directed by Blerta Zeqiri