Friday at ZFF

The day before Saturday’s Golden Pram awards show at ZFF, Tuškanac Cinema will screen the last two films from the main competition program. Close by Lukas Dhont (Cannes, 2022 — Grand Prix) which through a story of a close relationship of two 13-year-old boys talks about intimacy, manhood, fear, and responsibility in a painfully honest way. Klondike is a visually impressive drama and the Ukrainian Academy Award candidate which won awards for best director at Sundance and Sarajevo Film Festivals and the Ecumenical Jury Award in Berlin. Close can be seen at 10.30 AM and 6.30 PM, while Klondike will be screened at 1 PM and 9 PM.

The short format takes over Kinoteka from 10 PM. The national competition program Checkers brings the film Zof by laureate Rino Barbir, whose directorial debut Snitch won the Golden Pram for Best Croatian Film at ZFF 2019, and Little Guys by Andrija Tomić, while the international competition features the Ukrainian film The Diaper Cake by Anastasia Babenko, and this year’s winner of the Palme d’Or The Water Murmurs by Story Chen, a drama offering both mesmerizing and terrifying peek inside the apocalypse. Also, don’t miss Lana Barić’s film debut, Snow White, which is shown out of competition.

Our youngest film lovers, for whom we reserved the afternoon in Kinoteka, will love KinoKino’s Rocca Changes The World (for 8+) about a brave, funny, unique girl who lives alone with her squirrel. At 5 PM we have the screening of the German participant in The Great 5 program, We Might As Well Be Dead, a hilarious social satire by Natalia Sinelnikova on the topic of paranoia, while The Happiest Man In The World which will be attended by its Macedonian director Teona Strugar Mitevska screens at 7.30 PM. The script for this clever drama, shown at Venice and Toronto film festivals, was written by director Teona and screenwriter Elma Tatargić, continuing their cooperation from their previous hit God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija (ZFF 2019; Berlinale 2019 – Ecumenical Jury Award, Guild Film Award).

Friday at the Museum of Contemporary Art is the last chance to watch two titles from the Great 5 program: the French drama The Passengers of the Night starring Charlotte Gainsbourg at 6 PM, and The Eight Mountains, a powerful film about friendship and mountains, based on Paolo Cognetti’s novel and filmed in the Italian Alps. Felix van Groeningen’s (Alabama Monroe) and Charlotte Vandermeersch The Eight Mountains screens at 8.30 PM.

ZFF’s best documentary film of 2013 screens at 8 PM in Dokukino KIC. The Captain and his Pirate reveals the story about the hijacking of the German ship Hansa Stravanger by Somali pirates, who held it captive for four months.