SEE Cinema at Cannes Film Festival 2023

2023-05-19 00:00:00

Films and representatives from SEE countries will be again attending Marché du Film during Cannes Film Festival.  

North Macedonia Film Agency will be attending from 16 to 24 May 2023, located at SEE Pavilion 131 – Village International Riviera. The Agency will organize market screening of by Vardan Tozija on Friday 19 May at 6.15pm in Palais H. Also, Macedonian minority coproduction Loynes by Dorian Jespers (Belgium, France, United-Kingdom, North Macedonia) will be screener in Focus WiP (Work in Progress) on Tuesday 23rd MAY at 10.00 am at Palais Stage. Additionally, Dossier: Future by Goce Trajkovski is part of the Short film corner curated Market Catalogue and will be available in a private & secured VideoLibrary, only accessible by professionals with an interest in short films during the Festival. 

The Criticis’s Week program takes place from 17 to 25 May 2023. In this program, two Croatian titles to have their world premieres. Lost Country by Vladimir Perišić was included in the Critics’ Week program of the Cannes Film Festival The film takes us back to 1996 when, during student demonstrations against the Milošević regime in Serbia, fifteen-year-old Stefan goes through his own revolution. He is faced with the fact that his mother is the spokesperson and accomplice of the corrupt government against which his friends are protesting. Perišić’s debut, the film Ordinary People from 2009, had its world premiere in the Critics’ Week program of the Cannes Film Festival that year. There is also Andrea Slaviček’s fiction short, The Real Truth about the Fight, which is an Antitalent production. Between school trouble, mean girl drama, catchy lyrics, and a mysterious blue car, teenage Lena, sometimes distracted or interrupted, tells us the real story behind The Big Fight. But it seems like there is something she is not telling us.

In addition, Croatian filmmakers will also be participating in industry programmes, while the Croatian Audiovisual Centre will once again promote Croatian filmmaking at the Marché du Film. Miljenka Čogelja is part of the platform Producers on the Move 2023, where she will present the debut fiction feature Milch Cow penned by Miroslav Sikavica and Marija Šimoković Sikavica, as well as the other projects she is developing for Pipser: the feature documentary A Minute Enough to Kill You directed by Damian Nenadić and Jetzt, an animated documentary directed by Katrin Novaković. Marta Eva Mećava (Eclectica) is participating in the new platform, New Producers Room, taking place as part of a week-long programme Short Film Corner / Rendez-vous Industry intended for industry professionals working with short films. The programme is held in the midst of the Marché du Film, running 21 to 24 May.  

The Croatian Audiovisual Centre will showcase the Croatian cinematography at the Marché du film for the fifteenth consecutive year. Through brochures, meetings and digital platforms, representatives of the Centre will present completed Croatian films of all genres and types to film professionals such as buyers and festival selectors. HAVC will also be available as logistic and lobbying support to all Croatian authors and producers negotiating their current and future projects at the Cannes Film Festival. In addition, on Saturday, 20th May, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre CEO, Chris Marcich, will be speaking at the conference of the European Audiovisual Observatory on the topic of increasing polarization in the milieu of European film, into art house and blockbuster, low-budget and high-budget, large and small markets, public and private financing, American studios and independent local distributors, multiplexes and art-house cinemas.

Shooting Blanks (aka The Last Hero / Poslednji heroj), by Slovenian director Žiga Virc, which is currently in postproduction will have a private screening at the Marché du Film in Cannes (16 – 24 May 2023). Ahead of its Berlin screening Berlin-based Picture Tree International picked up the film produced by Slovenia’s Studio Virc. 

Bulgarian Film Center will represent the country at Cannes Film Market -on their national representative booth shared with seven other neighboring countries (pavilion #131). Bulgaria will be hosting two events: HAPPY HOUR together with Cyprus on 20 May from 5 pm at Pavilion #131, and THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE NOW / WORKING MEETING on 21 May from 2:30 to 3:30 pm at Israeli Pavilion #116. Bulgarian and Israeli film industries signed their co-production agreement nine years ago. Additionally, Vanya Rainova was selected for the platform Producer on the Move. Vanya is in post-production on Yana Titova’s second feature, Dyad.


Kiril Gjozev 







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