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ALEKSANDAR LIFKA AWARD GOES TO GORAN PASKALJEVIĆ AND KEN LOACH

 

This year, the prestigious Aleksandar Lifka Award, which the European Film Festival Palić presents for an outstanding contribution to the cinema, goes to directors Goran Paskaljević and Ken Loach.

The famous British Director Ken Loach was born in 1936 in Nuneaton. He studied law at St. Peter's Hall in Oxford and after a brief spell in theatre, started working as a director for the BBC in 1963. This was the beginning of his long and impressive career directing films for both TV and cinema, including Cathy Come Home (1964, a documentary drama which influenced changes in the British law regarding the homeless), Kes (1969), Looks and Smiles (1981), Hidden Agenda (Special Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival in 1990), Riff-Raff (Felix Award for Best European Film in 1992), Raining Stones (another Special Jury Prize at Cannes), Land and Freedom (1995, FIPRESCI Prize), The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006).

Ken Loach is one of the few contemporary film directors who believe that art can actually change the world. By tackling some of the important social themes such as workers' movement, homelessness, underage workers and treatment of illegal emigrants, he unsettles and forewarns. Loach's realism is a product of his life experience that he always seeks in his associates too, and empathy and understanding for modern people and their existence lie at the very heart of his film ćsthetics and ethics.

Loach also has five children and he's a big fan of a small football club Bath City F.C.  from the town of the same name in South East England.

Goran Paskaljević, one of the most important directors from our country, was born on April 22, 1947, in Belgrade. He graduated in film directing from the Academy of Prague. He had directed a number of documentaries and TV dramas before he made his first feature film - Beach Guard in Winter (1976).

In his earliest films Goran Paskaljević had already succeeded in addressing his own generation. In The Elusive Summer of ‘68 and Beach Guard in Winter he caught the cramp and emotion of his generation, just like Fellini or Peter Bogdanovich did in their own cultures. Nostalgia, self-criticism and touching upon the most painful moments in growing up, make these films clues for young directors: honesty and sensibility as opposed to the pose, calculation and imitation of foreign models and recipes.

Paskaljević is the winner of a number of prestigious awards including FIPRESCI Prizes for Cabaret Balkan (1998), Midwinter Night's Dream (2004) and The Optimists (2006), OCCI Critics' Award in San Sebastian for The Time of Miracles in 1990. Paskaljević is also the first director who received the Bernhard Wicki Award for humanism in his films in Munich in 2002.

Goran Paskaljević has also been presented with the highest decoration of the Republic of France - Order of Arts and Letters for his "high quality artistic creativity" as it was stated in the official letter from the French Ministry of Culture. 

Some of the previous award winners include Lucian Pintilie, Jirí Menzel, Margarethe von Trotta, Ksistof Zanussi, Dušan Makavejev, Eva Ras, Milena Dravić, Ljubiša Samardžić, Velimir Bata Živojinović, István Szabó, Miklós Jancsó, Péter Bacsó...

This award has been established in honour of Aleksandar Lifka (1880 - 1952), one of the pioneers of the cinema in this region, and the award winners are filmmakers who have, just like Lifka, improved the European cinema.

Aleksandar Lifka was the creator of the Lifka Cinema, one of the best-equipped travelling cinemas on this territory at the beginning of the last century. The Lifka Cinema presented shows all around Slovenia, Croatia, Dalmatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Voivodina. Aleksandar LIfka ended his rich and years-long travelling career in 1911, he settled in Subotica and opened his permanent Lifka Cinema.

Using Pate's camera, while still traveling with his cinema, he made a number of short video reports. He continued shooting later in Subotica as well and there is a lot of evidence about his work. However, most of the story descriptions were not preserved, but according to Lifka's own words they were mostly of occasional character, without any pretensions to become a lasting document of the time. His first film was named Destiny of a Water Drop, and Lifka News was also very popular. Unfortunately, only four short fragments were preserved after the fire. After the World War I he became a representative of the German company ĆG in Subotica, and in 1922 he abandoned film and cinema completely and devoted himself to the commercial business.


FJ OSSANG, THE FIRST WINNER OF THE UNDERGROUND SPIRIT AWARD

 
 

This year the Young European Filmmakers programme has established the Underground Spirit Award for outstanding achievement in independent film production. The first winner of the award is F.J. Ossang, French filmmaker, poet and one of the last punk cavaliers. Having created a unique film style which relies on the art of the early filmmakers led by Eisenstein and Murnau, he has brought visuality back to the film and made it the most important quality of his art. He has been publishing poetry since he was 17, and in the early 80s he made a noise'n'roll band - Mesaggero Killer Boys. After his first feature film, L'affaire des divisions Morituri (1984), Ossang made Le Trésor des îles chiennes (1991), apocalyptic science fiction fantasy in the manner of Godard's Alphaville. The prestigious magazine Cahiers du Cinema, in the text by the critic Frederic Strauss, marked this film as the final turning-point and innovation in French filmmaking. His next film, Docteur Chance (1998), renewed the interest in Ossang's unique cinematic language and placed him among the cult directors of the rock'n'roll generation. Made in the genre of American road films, Docteur Chance does homage to one of the creators of punk ideology, Joe Strummer (the Clash), who plays the pilot Vince Taylor. Planes, cars and rock'n'roll as creations of the 20th century, are frequent images in Ossang's films.

After a several-year pause, last year Ossang finished Silencio, a brilliant 20-minute-long silent black and white film, with characteristic iris transitions, darkenings and text cards similar to those from the pioneer film era. Last year the film won the Jean Vigo Award (established in 1951) which is dedicated to independent authors and their films and named after one of the greatest "restless film minds". Thus Ossang entered the prestigious circle of the Vigo award winners including Alain Resnais, Philippe Garrel, Jean-Luc Godard and other great personages of the French cinema.

This year's short film Ciel Eteint! was shown at Cannes Festival within the 40th Directors' Fortnight arousing great interest of critics. F.J. is now preparing a 4th feature film to shot in late 2008 : LA SUCCESSION STARKOV.

Within the Young European Filmmakers Programme the audience will be given an opportunity to see Le Trésor des îles chiennes, Docteur Chance, Silencio and Ciel Eteint!

Ossang will also be a guest of the 15th European Film Festival so the audience will be able to find out more about his unusual films.


FESTIVAL AWARDS

 

The European Film Festival awards the Golden Tower for the best film and Palić Tower for the best directing, as well as the Jury's Special Prize. The best film from the Parallels and Encounters Programme will be chosen by the International Critics' Jury. From this year onwards, one artist from the Young European Filmmakers Programme will also be presented with the Underground Spirit Award.

 


 
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THE FIRST PRESS CONFERENCE

The first press conference on the occasion of the forthcoming 16th European Film Festival Palić will be held on Thursday, June 18th, 1 p.m., at the Yugoslav Film Archives Museum (Kosovska 11, Belgrade). 

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23-07-2008 12:47:48
BETWEEN ECOLOGY AND PROFIT ROUND TABLE HELD

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23-07-2008 12:46:04
IN CASE OF RAIN

In case of rain and cold weather, films from the Official Selection (instead of the Summer Stage) will be screened in the Jadran Cinema in Subotica.

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21-07-2008 17:37:17
A WREATH PLACED ON THE ALEKSANDAR LIFKA BUST

According to the Festival tradition, the wreath on the Aleksandar Lifka bust was placed by Radoslav Zelenović, director of the Festival, Blažo Perović, executive producer, and Goran Dragaš, technical director of the Festival.

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21-07-2008 16:46:07
MIMESIS OF MOVING PICTURES

During the European Film Festival Palić 2008, the art workshop „Medijala" organized a performance of  "live painting" of film frames that evoke the time when the founder of Subotica cinema, Aleksandar Lifka, lived and worked.

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21-07-2008 16:28:38
COCKTAIL PARTY HELD BY THE EMBASSY OF ISRĆL

Celebrating a good professional and cultural cooperation, the Embassy of  Isrćl organized a cocktail party during the European Film Festival Palić. On behalf of the Embassy, the guests were greeted by Yair Frommer, Deputy Chief of Mission. Apart from the representatives of  the Festival, national and international cinema, the cocktail was also attended by the representatives of the Subotica Jewish Community.            

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20-07-2008 19:04:54
SUPPORTING PROGRAMMES OPENED

The selections Parallels & Encounters, New Isrćli Film, New Hungarian Film and Children' Programme were opened on Sunday, July 20. The selection Parallels & Encounters, as well as New Isrćli Film was opened by Radoslav Zelenović,director of the Festival. Zoltan Siflis opened the selection New Hungarian Film, while Dušan Torbica wished pleasant viewing of Children's Programme films.

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