Thursday’s Relevant Issues

Fighting against an industrial giant with a bow and arrow or adopting a child? The question of questions for our environmental terrorist and choirmaster is depicted in the quirky Icelandic comedy by Benedikt Erlingsson, known to ZFF’s audience for another quirky film Of Horses and Men, Woman at War. Woman at War is scheduled for 6.30pm at Europa cinema. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with producer Marianne Slot.

Thursday is the day for relevant matters: at 9pm, Europa cinema is hosting the Croatian premiere of The Load, a film which after its Cannes premiere screened at the most important festivals around the world. The Load is one of those important films inspiring new generations to face the past, which some cinemas await for decades. Leon Lučev won the Heart of Sarajevo for his rendition of the main character, a truck driver and an accidental war crime witness. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film crew, led by director Ognjen Glavonić.

In Together Again, we will be watching a new film by the Hungarian director László Nemes, the winner of an Academy Award and all major European honours for Son of Saul, the 14th ZFF winner. His latest film Sunset, another brilliant examination of the state of Europe, is scheduled for 7pm at Tuškanac (and 6pm at MSU).

In the section Tycoons: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, a special treat for the lovers of the famous Italian director Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash, Call Me by Your Name), I Am Love about the family of powerful Italian industrials, starring Tilda Swinton, scheduled for 6.30pm at F22.

Have you ever seen a comedy about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Hardly, but at ZFF you’ll have a unique chance to see Tel Aviv Burns, about a nice Palestinian soap opera trainee, who doesn’t even think about accepting things as they are. The film is screened in the Together Again section at 6.30pm, MSU.

The MSU program continues at 8.30pm with The Great 5 and Colette starring Keira Knightley in the role of her life. The film by the British director Wash Westmoreland is a biographic drama about the life of the French writer Sidonie Gabrielle Colette, a Nobel Prize candidate and a pioneer of women’s rights fight who drastically changed literature, fashion and expression of sexuality in the early 20th century Paris.

Tuškanac at 10pm screens the Checkers section and the international short film category. Checkers will present the premiere of Cherries by Dubravka Turić, and the short titles include Breath by Ermin Bravo, a famous actor from Sarajevo and a 16th ZFF guest.

At 9pm, Muller Hall at Europa cinema continues with the Cinema at the Cinema section with The Last Projectionist, featuring an amazing history of British independent cinemas, touring some of the most beautiful theatres in the world. The backbone to the story is The Electric cinema in Birmingham, the oldest active cinema in Britain.

Thursday is also the day for Industry events. At 2pm the House of Europe (4 August Cesarec Street) it hosts a panel under the title First vs. Second Film, at which many international experts will discuss the possibilities of financing the second film by the same author, which is currently, on the EU level, very difficult. The panel is organised is association with Creative Europe Desk – MEDIA Office Croatia, moderated by its manager Martina Petrović.