Saturday at ZFF

Although there are still film screenings on Sunday, 12 November, ZFF enters its grand finale on Saturday and that includes the awards ceremony in SC Gallery at 5  PM and the closing screening at SC Cinema at 7.30 PM. The festival will be closed by the Guardians of the Formula, awarded in Locarno and presented to the Zagreb audience by the director, producer, and co-writer Dragan Bjelogrlić, actor Radivoje Bukvić and film crew.

Guardians of the Formula is an exciting historical thriller based on a true story. In the midst of a Cold War crisis, a group of young Yugoslav scientists are exposed to a lethal dose of radiation and, accompanied by the secret police, are sent to a Paris clinic for treatment. There they are treated by Professor Mathé, a staunch opponent of nuclear weapons, who proposes a never-performed bone marrow replacement operation as their saving grace. Does Mathé see an opportunity to experiment on living people or does he really want to help? And how exactly were the scientists irradiated?

At CineStar Branimir at 9 PM on Saturday, you have the last chance to see the British film How To Have Sex by Molly Manning Walker, winner of Un Certain Regard Prize at Cannes, which The Guardian describes as an “education in consent for party people”. At 6.30 PM in CineStar, we have All of Us Strangers by Andrew Haigh from The Great 5 program. A combination of fantasy, horror, drama, and sexy gay romance with Andrew Scott, Paul Mescal, Jamie Bell, and Claire Foy in lead roles.

At Kinoteka Cinema at 5 PM, we are screening Upon Entry by Alejandro Rojas and Juan Sebastián, a minimalist Spanish drama set in an airport interrogation room. We are also screening Strange Way of Life by Pedro Almodóvar, a queer western with Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke, whose coproducers are Saint Laurent, the fashion giant. At 7.30 PM in Kinoteka, you can watch Àma Gloria by Maria Amachoukeli-Barsacq, a touching and endearing coming of age drama from the Together Again program. From 11 AM, the KinoKino festival at Kinoteka Cinema brings us a selection of animated films for children aged 3+.

At 9.30 PM in Kinoteka, do not miss Smoke Sauna Sisterhood by Estonian director Anna Hints, a film nominated for this year’s LUX Audience Award and the European Film Academy Award for a documentary. Winner of the Jury Award for Best Director at this year’s Sundance, Smoke Sauna Sisterhood is an impressively filmed documentary about tradition, female community, and naked truths.

In MSU at 6 PM, we have the psychological thriller Copenhagen Does Not Exist by Martin Skovbjerg with Kićo Burić in one of the leading roles, and at 8 PM we have a Palme d’Or winner Anatomy of a Fall, an intriguing drama with elements of a psychological thriller by French director Justine Triet, who is this year’s record-holder for a number of nominations in the European Film Awards.

The last day of Industry, a program for professionals, in Dokukino KIC brings us the pitching forum TSFM: What’s the Story, Croatia? at 11 AM, and at 12.30 PM in Kinoteka, we are screening The Worst Person in the World and at 2.40 PM Close-Up: Renée Hansen Mlodyszewski, a masterclass by the producer of the aforementioned film.