14-12-2020

FESTIVALS: Podgorica Film Festival 2020 Opens Online

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PODGORICA: The 5th edition of the Podgorica Film Festival will be held from 15 to 20 December 2020 on the first VoD platform in Montenegro. It will open with the multi-awarded coproduction Father by Srdan Golubovic, featuring the highly acclaimed regional actor Goran Bogdan.

The out-of-competition programme will screen 11 feature films and two Montenegrin short feature student films: Great Achievements by Nikola Vucinic and A Third One by Milorad Milatovic, produced by the Academy of Dramatic Arts.

The festival section Retrospectives is dedicated to Peter Webber. The accompanying festival segment will include a masterclass by Peter Webber and online talks with film authors.

The Montenegrin Cinematheque will present two annual awards: The Kino-eye award for contribution to film art goes to British director/editor/producer Peter Webber, and the Ratko Djurovic award for the contribution to preservation of Montenegrin and world film heritage goes to Montenegrin film director Momir Matovic.

The festival's director Andro Martinovic said, „Podgorica Film Festival will be held this year too, because film is still alive. This small jubilee 5th edition will be held not in the new Cinematheque building as planned, but in your homes instead. We are not happy with this situation, but we are trying to find a light in this civilisation twilight zone by enabling great films to be watched around all of Montenegro.“

The festival is organised by the NGO Podgorica Film Festival in cooperation with the Montenegrin Cinematheque and is supported by Film Centre of Montenegro and the Secretariat for Culture of the Capital Municipality.

Main programme (out of competition):

Father (Serbia, France, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Directed by Srđan Golubović
Produced by Baš Čelik (Serbia), ASAP Films (France), Neue Mediopolis Film (Germany), Propeler Film (Croatia), Vertigo (Slovenia), SCCA/PRO.BA (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Coproduced by ZDF Arte (Germany), Arte France (France)
Supported by Film Center Serbia, the Ministry of Culture and Information of Republic of Serbia, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, CNC – Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée, Ministère Français de la Culture et de la Communication - Institut Français – Aides aux Cinémas du Monde, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Slovenian Film Centre, the Sarajevo Film Fund, Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA of the European Union, Viba Film

Tereza 37 (Croatia)
Directed by Danilo Serbedzija
Produced by Focus media

Voice (Croatia, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia)
Directed by Ognjen Svilicic
Produced by Maxima filmSkopje Film Studio, Biberche Productions

There Is No Evil (Germany, Iran, Czech Republic)
Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof
Produced by Cosmopol Film, Europe Media Nest, Filminiran

Pari (Greece, France, Netherlands, Bulgaria)
Directed by Siamak Etemadi
Produced by Heretic, Le Bureau, Topkapi Films

Another Round (Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands)
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg

Sweat (Poland, Sweden)
Directed by Magnus von Horn
Produced by Lava Films, Zentropa Sweden, EC1 Łódź – Miasto Kultury, Di Factory, Opus Film, Film i Vast, Canal+, Ciné: ma Defacto
Supported by the Polish Film Institute, the Swedish Film Institute and Creative Europe

Bad Tales (Italy, Switzerland)
Directed by Damiano and Fabio d’Innocenzo
Produced by Pepito Produzioni, Rai Cinema, Vision Distribution

Corpus Christi (Poland, France)
Directed by Jan Komasa
Produced by Aurum Film, WFS Walter Film Studio, Canal+ Polska
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Invisible Life (Brazil, Germany)
Directed by Karim Ainlouz

The Heist of the Century (Argentina)
Directed by Ariel Winograd