Aleksandar Lifka Laureates Film Homage starts

Homage program to Aleksandar Lifka Award laureates –  Brian Cox and Rade Šerbedžija starts on Sunday 8 of July as a part of the pre-festival program of 25 jubilee European Film Festival, that takes part from 14 to 20 July at various locations by the lake of Palić and in Subotica. 

Aleksandar Lifka Award has been assigned since 2000 for the contribution to European cinema, and this year it goes to two actors, charismatic Šerbedžijia and exceptional Cox. They will receive the Award during the Palić Festival. Pre-festival homage will take place from 8 to 12 July at Eurocinema in Subotica. Screenings start at 5 pm and 7 pm.

Brian Cox (Dundee, 1946) grew up in a blue collar family, and was only 14 when he first appeared on stage in his home town. He studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, which he dropped out of, eager to appear in theatre as soon as possible. Since 1965 when his professional career took off, he changed the stages on which he played, he participated in classics and developed his talent. As he moved forward in the theatre, he conquered TV and films, too. On Sunday 8 of July Subotica’s audience will have a chance to watch him in the role of British prime-minister Winston Churchill in last year’s film by Jonathan Teplitzky Churchchill. In this history drama, 96 hours before the World War II invasion of Normandy, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill struggles with his severe reservations with Operation Overlord and his increasingly marginalized role in the war effort. Film Escapist is about Frank Perry, an institutionalized convict fourteen years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill, he is determined to make peace with her before it’s too late. The next day comes famous Manhunter by Michael Mann, about former FBI profiler Will Graham who returns to service to pursue a deranged serial murderer named „the Tooth Fairy“. Then comes Ralph Fiennes directorial debut shot in Serbia Coriolanus,  about banished hero of Rome who allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city. On Thursday 12 of July program finishes with famous Spike Lee film 25th Hour about convicted New York drug dealer who reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term.

As a young boy, Rade Šerbedžija (1946, Bunić, Lika) loved to play football so much that it almost took him away from his other great passion, acting. Had that happened, it would have been a great loss for the performing arts. Luckily enough, former Yugoslavia had acquired one of its most talented performers. Initially, he wanted to study literature and become a poet (an achievement in which he most certainly succeeded later in his life), but a friend persuaded him to enroll into Academy of Theatre, Film and Television in Zagreb – from where he graduated in 1969. Talented, with an acting technique all his own, moody, suggestive, in possession of an excellent diction, performing physically demanding roles with ease – Šerbedžija had proven himself equally convincing in both classic and modern theatre, but also in cinema where he was easily able to play heroes and villains alike.

Homage program to Rade Šerbedžija starts on Sunday 8 of July at 7 pm with The Liberation of Skopje directed by Rade and his son Danilo. The hero of this story is young boy Zoran. Through his eyes we experience all the horrors of war, poverty, suffering, we watch the image of Skopje, a town occupied in 1942 by the Germans and their Bulgarian allies. The next is romantic war film from 1992 Deserter by Živojin Pavlović, about Yugoslav National Army officer who decides to take a short break from war horrors and go back to Belgrade where he meets his best friend, now the army deserter. On Tuesday 10 of July audiences will have a chance to watch multiply awarded Macedonian film Before the Rain that won ten awards at Venice Film Festival and nomination of Šerbedžija for the Academy Award. Next day comes one of the Šerbedžija’s early works, film Sedmina from 1969. The film is adaptation of eponymous novel by Beno Zupančič. Plot takes place in Ljubljana under the Italian occupation during the WWII. The protagonist, played by Rade Šerbedžija, is a young man who joins resistant movement, although an Italian officer lives in his house, flirting with his sister. The program ends on Thursday 19 of July with Snatch by Guy Ritchie with Šerbedžija in a role of Russian arms-dealer Boris The Blade Yurinov.

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