Saturday at ZFF: grand finale with the awards ceremony

Saturday at ZFF begins at 11 h in Tuškanac Cinema with the KinoKino Festival’s fun program of short animated films for preschool children First Time at the Cinema (ages 3 and up) and the program of short feature films for children Exploring Every Day (ages 7 and up), which starts at 13 h. KinoKino’s program in Urania brings three feature films from the competition program: the Danish film Buster’s World (ages 7 and up) about a small magician with a big heart at 11 h, the Icelandic film Birta at 15 h and the Belgian space adventure SpaceBoy (ages 10 and up) at 18 h.

The central event of the penultimate festival day is the grand festival finale at SC Cinema at 20 h with the awards ceremony of the 19th ZFF and the screening of out-of-competition Not So Friendly Neighborhood Affair. The comedy by Academy Award winner Danis Tanović was inspired by one of the most controversial gastronomical dilemmas: where are the best ćevapi in town? Alongside Danis Tanović, scriptwriter Nikola Kuprešanin, director of photography Damir Šagolj, and actors Izudin Bajrović, Branko Đurić, Anja Matković, Kerim Čutuna, Almir Palata and Goran Navojec will attend the Croatian premiere.

The reprise of the Italian film Macaluso Sisters from the Great 5 program is scheduled at 15 h at SC Cinema. This moving chronicle by Emma Dante about transience, memory, and things is based on the director’s award-winning theatre play. The laureate of the Venice Film Festival, the film Happening by Audrey Diwan, a powerful and tense adaptation of a semiautobiographical novel by French novelist Annie Ernaux which dissects her experience of abortion, reprises at 17 h in SC Cinema.

Another film from the Together Again program, Amira, will be screened in Tuškanac Cinema on Saturday at 19.30. The new film by Egyptian director Mohamed Diab is a drama about the search for identity in an area rife with conflict. Teenager Amira (Tara Abboud) from the West Coast was conceived with the smuggled sperm of a Palestinian prisoner serving a life sentence in an Israeli prison. However, Amira’s life is turned upside down when she suspects that the man she’s idolizing might not be her father.

Two more films from the Together Again program will have their last screenings on Saturday in Tuškanac Cinema: love drama The Worst Person in The World by Joachim Trier at 17 h, and family drama The Restless by Joachim Lafosse at 22 h. The film A Chiara by Jonas Carpignano from the same program will be shown at &TD Theatre at 18 h.

Program Network of Festivals in the Adriatic Region presents the Hungarian film Natural Light by Dénes Nagy, who won the best director award in Berlin, which screens at &TD Theatre at 20.30 h. It is a brutal drama about the endurance and mental toil of war influenced by the visual heritage of A. Tarkovsky.

Industry, ZFF’s program for professionals, in cooperation with Restart, presents a masterclass by cinematographer Vanja Černul whose works include The Deuce (HBO), Marco Polo (Netflix), The Gilded Age (HBO) by Julian Fellows, and the global hit Crazy Rich Asians (2018) by Jon M. Chu. Vanja Černul will talk about film and TV projects which marked his career and his professional upbringing. The masterclass will be held in the Theatre Hall of Academy of Dramatic Art from 15 to 17 h and is open to the general public.