The 70th Cannes Film Festival, taking place from May 17th to 28th, will screen Dubravka Turic’s short film "Cherries" in the Directors’ Fortnight (“Quinzaine des réalisateurs”) programme, while the Croatian Audiovisual Center will again, this year, promote Croatian cinematography at the Film Market.
The short film "Cherries", directed by Dubravka Turić and produced by Zagreb’s Kinematograf, is a story, set in the Dalmatian hinterland, about growing up. A carefree summer for Jakov slowly erodes under the pressure of tense family relations, and a series of events that end in tragedy will awake within him an emotional rebellion against grown-ups, as well as a sense of his own guilt.
The film is based on the story written by author and poet Olja Savičević Ivančević. The screenplay is by Jelena Paljan, the cinematographer is Radislav Jovanov Gonzo, while Dubravka Turić, besides directing the film, is also the film’s editor, and Dubravka Premar is the sound designer. The art director is Petra Poslek, the costume designer is Morana Starcevic, and the film stars Roko Glavina, Lana Baric, Niksa Butijer, Milivoj Beader, Areta Curkovic, Franko Jakovčević and Donat Zeko. The producer is Dijana Mladenovic of Kinematograf.
The 49th Directors’ Fortnight (“Quinzaine des réalisateurs”) will, take place from May 18th to 28th, in parallel with the festival in Cannes. The programme introduces new names in directing with a strong and unique poetic. Throughout its history, this programme directs the attention of the wider audience and critics toward some of today’s most successful film directors including Werner Herzog, Martin Scorsese and Ken Loach.
For ten years now, the Croatian Audiovisual Center, has been promoting Croatian cinematography at the Film Market (Marché du film). This year, Bojana Burnac’s feature documentary film "My Life Without Air" will be shown in the market-screenings section. The film had its world premiere at the prestigious HotDocs International Festival of Documentary Film in Canada. Furthermore, this year at the market, representatives of the Centre will, through publications, meetings, digital platforms and market-screenings, pitch completed Croatian films of all lengths and genres to film professionals – buyers and festival selectors. The Centre will also be available – with logistics and lobbying – to all Croatian authors and producers in Cannes who will be negotiating current and future projects.
With the aim of promoting short film, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre has secured a spot in the Short Film Corner – a platform for meeting, networking, exchange of ideas and promotion between professionals on the short film scene. The films include "13+" by Nikica Zdunić, "Baby Tooth" by Sasa Ban, "Gamer Girl" by Irena Jukić Pranjić, "Half a Man" by Kristina Kumrić, "I Would Leave Everything Here" by Ivan Faktor, "Into the Blue" by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic, "The Last Quest" by Božidar Trkulja, "Red Riding Hood Redux" by Danijel Žeželj, "Scarlet" by Dijana Mladenovic and "They Just Come and Go" by Boris Poljak.