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FFHN - Montenegro Film Festival - 1-7 August 2015
25 July 2015
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The 29th film festival Herceg Novi - Montenegro Film Festival will be held from 1st to 7th of August of 2015. 
This Mediterranean feast of film remains with the concept of a modern, open and dynamic event that will continue to occupy an important place on the cultural map of the region as well as Europe.

Divided in three sections, Feature Films, Documentary Films and Student Films, the Montenegro Film festival will present the best of European and regional cinema in the audience of the Hergec Novi coastal town of Montenegro. 

Word of the artistic director of the 29th MFF FFHN Srdan Golubovic Portraits of Losers

The fate of thousands of emigrants fleeing the war and death, poverty and uncertainty, searching for new lives trying to reach Europe, believing in the new hope, security and opportunity. It is one of the largest and most important topics of the contemporary world, especially the Mediterranean and Southeast Europe.

This important, moving and disturbing theme is a sort of thematic framework of this year΄s Herceg Novi festival. The film "Dipan" by the French director Jacques Audiard, which is the winner of this year΄s Cannes Film Festival, deals with the fate of Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka who are trying to start a new life in France, while the Italian-French movie "Mediterranean" deals with the fate of two young men from Burkina Faso who are trying through Algeria to reach the ship that will take them to Italy, to the imaginary better life. In the pursuit of happiness many of them tragically end their lives in the waters of the Mediterranean.

Most of the films of this year΄s main program deal with the fate of small people in the jaws of a new time. Many of these films are portraits of losers, discarded and forgotten. Portraits of individuals lost and alienated, powerless and vanquished.

In different ways such topics are tackled in the Croatian film These are the rules, by Ognjen Svilicic through an  intense and deep analysis of modern society, the Bulgarian film The Lesson, by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov, the Greek A Blast, by Syllas Tzoumerkas, a movie with special and original film language Travelator, directed by Dusan Milic, the intimate Turkish film Song of My Mother, by Erol Mintás, as well as the baroque and bold debut film by Ivona Juka, You carry me.

This theme is also addressed in an unusual way in the award-winning debut film by Vuk Ršumović, No One΄s Child, which tells of a wild boy from the forest and his attempt to adapt to the modern world, before the start of the wars in former Yugoslavia.

A Romanian film, Aferim!, directed by Radu Jude, is a Western, whose setting is at the beginning of the 19th century, at the time in which the Roma were still slaves in the area of ​​today΄s Romania. This film, although it deals with the past time, in a very subtle and discreet way talks about contemporary neoliberal slavery in which we live today.

About disorientation in expressing their emotions and alienation among the closest speaks the comedy Love Island, directed by Jasmila Zbanic, one of the most important and awarded European directors.

In the center of Srdjan Koljevic’s movie The Man Who Defended Gavrilo Princip, is a discrete hero, lawyer Rudolf Zistler-  the man who defended members of Young Bosnia. This film is about an individual, rejected by the system and the time, who is engaged in an intimate, humanistic mission in the name of justice.

The word of Selector, Vladimir Perovic... Ourselves in documentaries... documentaries in ourselves

The Art purges, no doubt. The Art of Documentary does it in a distinct way. For, through the faithfulness of the life truths we don’t suspect, it leads us to deeper thoughts and universal cognition of the reality, world, life.

Moving documentary images which don’t tend to eternity remain in a ground floor of simplicity, mere testimony, and simple record, they remain a document but don’t become a documentary.

It seems from its very beginnings the Documentary felt uncomfortable under a given skin.

A documentary filmmaker is not a documentation registrar, neither an archivist, he is an Artist. Passionless and unquestioning loyalty to the reality was replaced and upgraded by a cinematic playing. Documentary started coming by another fields. Yet Flaherty resorted to slight, indistinguishable rearrangements, and the docs of Vlatko Gilic or Zivko Nikolic are full of staging, aestheticism, poetization, and so on. Today it is a legitimate creative treatment. We watch many films in which we hardly recognize the borderline between fiction and documentary (do we have to...!?), we also got accustomed to those whose significant part consists of the animation! Yet both of them are – documentaries.

Well, we have something of all that, or: a lot of all that, in this year’s selection of world documentaries in our festival’s competition. 

Documentary, or more precisely: short documentary, having been present within the frame of Montenegro film festival for five years (a lovely small jubilee!) attracted and nurtured its audience, made of Herceg Novi inhabitants, tourist from here and abroad, festival guests, filmmakers, journalists, critics.

And for all of them, for all of us, passing through documentaries, as wel as through any other art form, always means self-questioning, again and again. Ourselves in documentaries... documentaries in ourselves.

The word of Selector, Srdjan Koljevic.. A mosaic of various student poetics

The program of student films, as part of the Film Festival Herceg Novi - Montenegro Film Festival, in the previous years has already established itself as a valuable and important stage for the presentation and competition of student films among all the film schools in the region; and what is more important - among the students-authors themselves.

This gave us the basis that this year we go a step further: the selection (with all eight film schools in the region) is stricter, limited to a smaller number of films, and based on the quality of individual films - and the program is composed so that each festival evening is as interesting, diverse and attractive as possible; with four to five films in each contingent - and the public presentation of the authors and a short talk with them at the end of every night.

In five nights of the Program of student films, you will see very different films: fiction, documentary, and one each in the categories of feature, experimental and animated film. Diversity is richness in this case, both in the expression, formal, stylistic, and thematic - but in a strange way this mosaic of different individual poetics forms unique features of (somber) image and experience of the world that definitely represents a new generation of filmmakers.

Finally, with the growing presence of students-authors, this program becomes a meeting place for the generation, where with the talks and master classes, I believe, we will continue to develop new and exciting cinematic expressions, but also contribute to the future creative collaborations.

  A Blast
  Love Island
  You Carry Me
  Song Of My Mother
  These Are the Rules
  The Lesson
  The Man Who Defended Gavrilo Princip
  Ognjen Svilicic
  Srdan Golubovic
  Srdjan Koljevic
  Syllas Tzoumerkas
  Radu Jude
  Jasmila Zbanic
  Dusan Milic
  Ivona Juka
  Zivko Nikolic
  Erol Mintas
  Vuk Rsumovic
  Kristina Grozeva
  Petar Valchanov
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