Palić Festival, according to its conception, tries to be a good reflection of what European cinema production offers annually, in different fields and sorts of cinematic work – from big feature productions, over small cinemas, to documentaries and short forms. As far as Official Selection is concerned, besides well-known, cardinal criteria of film selection, criteria that concern cinematic values of the film, there is always an aim to achieve a balance between renown film authors and new, young directors who show talent and promising art potential by their first films. It is an ideal film construction, very hard to achieve. Good news is that this year’s Official Selection almost totally reflects this program harmony. We have new films of some of the most significant European authors, films that marked last year’s European film production, and, consequently, were awarded at most prestigious international festivals. Those authors are legendary Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, then double Golden Palm laureate Ken Loach and also double Golden Palm laureates, Belgian duet Dardenne brothers. The other side of the balance is new filmmakers from different parts of Europe, from France and Latvia to Slovenia and Serbia.
Inevitable journalists’ and audiences’ question before every festival edition is: what are films like, what are they about. Everyone will agree that the quality of the films is most important, but what are they about?
The answer is simple: European authors are open to problems and phenomena of actual life, especially young people’s life. So, the majority of films are somewhat engaged. Even when the film is a love story (like French WHO YOU THINK I AM) the plot drive is emotional relationship over Facebook, so, in the form of love drama, the author depicts contemporary communication phenomena, that slowly enter the sphere of human emotions.
Enjoy god and engaged European films.
programmer Nenad Dukić
The repetition is the next day after the screenings at the Eurocinema Cinema from 14h (the first film), from 12h (another film)
DOLOR Y GLORIA
Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Nora Navas, Julieta Serrano, César Vicente, Asier Flores
Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline, experiences a series of reencounters. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered. In recovering his past, Salvador finds the urgent need to recount it and, in that need, he also finds his salvation.
José Luis Alcaine
Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djebril Zonga, Issa Perica, Jeanne Balibar, Steve Tientcheu
Stéphane has joined police anti-criminal group in Montfermeil, the suburbs of Paris, the area where Victor Hugo had placed his famous novel Les Misérables. Together with his new colleagues he finds himself in a chaos that emerged from an arrest attempt. Inspired by 2005 Paris street riots and Ladj Ly homonymous short film, Les Misérables is a provocative insight of tensions between local citizens and the police.
Ladj LY, Giordano Gederlini, Alexis Manenti
Toufik Ayadi, Christophe Barral
NE BOM VEČ LUZERKA
Eva Jesenovec, Živa Selan, Saša Pavček
Špela is almost thirty. She has graduated in art history, which means that she has never had a regular job: she only makes money by casual work. Unlike her two best friends who moved abroad years ago and do not intend to return, Špela stubbornly insists on staying in Ljubljana, even though the majority of her social life takes place over Skype. When she ends up on her disappointed parents' couch without any money, work, or company, she realizes that it will be harder than expected to grow up.
Latvia, Belgium, France
Valentin Novopolski, Dawid Ogrodnik, Anna Próchniak, Guna Zarina
A guy from Latvia named Oleg tries to make a living so he finds a job in his profession, in a meat factory in Brussels. His non-citizen status makes it hard for him to pursue the work – he loses his job and becomes a dependent of the Polish migrant-worker mafia, thus finding himself in a deep abyss. Just when he sinks as low as one could possibly get, he gains the strength to rise above.
Liga Celma-Kursiete, Juris Kursietis, Kaspars Odins
Aija Berzina, Alise Gelze
Iota Production, Tasse Film
CELLE QUE VOUS CROYEZ
Juliette Binoche, Nicole Garcia, François Civil, Marie-Ange Casta, Guillaume Gouix, Jules Houplain, Jules Gauzelin, Charles Berling, Claude Perron
Claire, a 50-year-old divorced teacher, creates a fake Facebook profile of a 24-year-old woman. She finds a photo of a pretty young brunette and uses it. She has created an entirely fictional character, but why?
Camille Laurens, Julie Peyr, based on the novel by Camille Laurens
SORRY WE MISSED YOU
UK, France, Belgium
Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone, Katie Proctor
Ricky and his family have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to wrestle back some independence appears with a shiny new van and the chance to run a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver.
Sixteen Films, BBC Films, BFI Film Fund
George Fenton & Kevin Brazier
Eran Naim, Stav Almagor, Stav Patay
A bullying cop who equates overprotectiveness with love sees his world crumble in this powerful, often uncomfortable scrutiny of machismo.
Saar Yogev, Naomi Levari & Michael Reuter
Black Sheep Film Productions & he Post Republic (Berlin), Electric Sheep (Berlin) in cooperation with ARTE & ZDF/ Das Kleine Fernsehspiel
Shai Skiff, Nizan Lotem
Aviv Aldema & Nir Alon
Anger Zsolt, Scherer Péter, Tasnádi Bence, Bezerédi Zoltán, Varga József, Hámori Gabriella, Kőszegi Ákos, Elek Ferenc
The police hire a convicted bank robber to crack the Ministry of Interior's vault during the final days of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. But what they find inside is quite different from what they were expecting.
Szupermodern Stúdió Kft.
GOSPOD POSTOI, IMETO I' E PETRUNIJA
Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia, Croatia, France
Teona Strugar Mitevska
Zorica Nusheva, Labina Mitevska, Stefan Vujisić, Simeon Moni Damevski, Suad Begovski, Violeta Shapkovska, Xhevdet Jasari, Andrijana Kolevska
A Macedonian woman throws herself into a traditionally men-only ceremony, kicking up a ruckus and standing her ground.
Teona Strugar Mitevska, Elma Tataragić
Labina Mitevska and Sébastien Delloye, Marie Dubas, Zdenka Gold, Danijel Hočevar, Elie Meirovitz
Sisters and Brother Mitevski and Entre Chien et Loup ( Brüssel), Vertigo (Ljubljana), Spiritus Movens Production (Zagreb), Deuxième Ligne Films (Paris), EZ Films (Paris)
Olivier Samouillan, Ingrid Simon, Thomas Gauder, Hrvoje Petek
Nataša Ninković, Sergej Trifunović, Vesna Čipčić, Miodrag Krstović, Pavle Pekić, Gordan Kičić, Igor Borojević, Aleksandra Janković, Ivana Šćepanović, Paulina Manov, Branka Petrić, Mirko Vlahović, Maja Todorović, Srđan Miletić
Vida and Bane are married couple who have been living in Scandinavia for a long time. They have successful careers, enough money for a decent life and a dog, but they do not have children. Bane has a mistress in Belgrade, which Vida knows about but chooses to keep quiet.
Ana Maria Rossi, Maja Todorović
Nikolina Vučetić Zečević and Ivan Đurović
Biberche productions and Artikulacija (Podgorica)
WERK OHNE AUTOR
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer, Saskia Rosendahl, Oliver Masucci, Ina Weisse, Rainer Bock, Hanno Koffler, David Schütter, Johanna Gastdorf, Jeanette Hain, Hinnerk Schönemann, Florian Bartholomäi, Hans-Uwe Bauer
Inspired by real events and spanning three eras of German history, Never Look Away tells the story of a young art student Kurt who falls in love with fellow student Ellie. Ellie's father, Professor Seeband, a famous doctor, is dismayed at his daughter's choice of boyfriend, and vows to destroy the relationship. What neither Kurt nor Ellie know is that their lives are already connected through a terrible crime Seeband committed decades ago. Story inspired by the life of painter Gerhard Richter.
Quirin Berg, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Jan Mojto, Max Wiedemann
Pergamon Film, Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion & Co-production: Beta Cinema, Bayerischer Rundfunk and ARD Degeto
LE JEUNE AHMED
Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Idir Ben Addi, Olivier Bonnaud, Myriem Akheddiou, Claire Bodson, Victoria Bluck, Othmane Moumen
In Belgium, today, the destiny of young Ahmed (13), caught between his imam's ideals of purity and life's temptations.
Les Films du Fleuve, Archipel 35
Marie-Hélène Dozo, Valène Leroy
Jean-Pierre Duret, Julien Sicart, Thomas Gauder