FESTIVALS: CEE Films Dominate Valletta Film Fest Competition

    Pause by Tonia MIshiali Pause by Tonia MIshiali

    VALLETTA: Central and East European films comprise half of the 12-film line-up in the international feature film competition of the Valletta Film Festival, which opens on 14 June 2019 in the capital of Malta. The competition sections are dedicated to Cinema of Small Nations.

    Another 24 films compete in the short film section, with CEE presence even more pronounced. Croatia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Estonia, Georgia, Slovakia, Cyprus and Malta will all compete for the best short film award. Malta has four films in this section.

    The feature film competition includes films representing Croatia, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia, Slovenia and Slovakia.

    One of the highlights of the festival are the open air screenings presented free of charge to the public in Valetta’s main square.

    The films in the Feature Film Competition are:

    A Dog Called Money (Ireland, UK)
    Directed by Seamus Murphy

    A Shelter Among Clouds (Albania)
    Directed by Robert Budina

    The Band / Kapela (Slovakia, Czech Republic)
    Directed by Ladislav Kaboš
    Produced by Media film
    Coproduced by RTVS, Kabos Film & Media, Czech Television
    Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic and the Slovak Audiovisual Fund

    Delta Zoo (Lithuania)
    Directed and produced by Andrius Lekavidius

    Deep Cuts (Croatia)
    Directed by Filip Peruzović, Filip Mojzeš, Dubravka Turić
    Produced by Kinematograf
    Supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, City of Zagreb, Office for Gender Equality / Ured za ravnopravnost spolova Vlade Republike Hrvatske

    Erased (Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia)
    Directed by Miha Mazzini
    Produced by Gustav film (Serbia)
    Coproduced by Kinorama (Croatia), Delirium (Serbia), Pakt Media (Slovenia), Christoph Thoke (Germany)

    The Hypnotist (Finland)
    Directed by Arthur Franck

    Oleg (Latvia, Belgium, Lithuania, France)
    Directed by Juris Kursietis
    Produced by Tasse Film (Latvia)
    Coproduced by InScript (Lithuania), Iota Production (Belgium), Arizona Productions (France)
    Supported by the National Film Centre of Latvia, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel, Belgian Tax Incentives, Eurimages and the Lithuanian Film Centre

    Pause (Cyprus, Greece)
    Directed by Tonia Mishiali
    Produced by A.B. Seahorse Film Productions
    Coproduced by Soul Productions and Authorwave
    Supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture from Cyprus, the Greek Film Centre and SEE Cinema Network

    Sons of Denmark (Denmark)
    Directed by Ulaa Salim

    Where Man Returns (Norway)
    Directed by Egil Haskjold Larsen

    Winter’s Yearning (Norway, Greenland, Denmark)
    Directed by Sturla Pilskog, Sidse Thorstholm Larse