Burning Issues of Joining ISIS and Rape in Main Competition on Wednesday

The despair of a couple coping with their son’s joining ISIS dominates the first film in tonight’s competition line-up. Dear Son, an intriguing title by Mohamed Ben Attia, co-produced by the famous Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, is scheduled for 6.30pm at Europa cinema.

The dilemma of a sexually forced woman is in the centre of All Good by the German director Eva Trobisch, scheduled for 9pm at Europa cinema. After the protagonist decides to keep this incident secret and lets things take their course, this silence effects more than her relationship with her partner. The film won awards at festivals in Locarno and Munich.

Today ZFF could easily be called a Wednesday of Berlusconi – the focus of two films analysing this controversial Italian entrepreneur and former prime minister. Loro by the great Paolo Sorrentino is screened in The Great 5, 5pm at Tuškanac cinema. This is Sorrentino’s most provocative and unruly film, described as unspeakable decadence.

The second film focusing on the Italian mogul is The Caiman, Nani Morettis’ political satire which, according to many, forecast the verdict and had an effect on the result of the parliamentary election in Italy in 2006. The film is scheduled for 6.30pm at F22.

The Together Again section at 6pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art presents the third title by the Bosnian and Herzegovinian director Aida Begić. Never Leave Me is a film about three little Syrian refugees in Turkey fighting for a better life. An interesting detail is that the director found her cast among Syrian orphans in Turkish refugee camps. Aida Begić will join the audience after the screening.

In the same program, at 8pm Tuškanac cinema is screening an exceptional meta-film by Sara Hribar and Marko Šantić. Lada Kamenski speaks about the destinies of unwanted women on the labour market. At Pula Film Festival it won the awards for best debut, best actress and best script. The audience will be joined by the cast and crew.

The line-up at Tuškanac continues at 10pm with short films, including Leon Lučev’s directing debut I Can Barely Remember That Day.

Debut films by famous Czech directors will take the screen every night at 9pm at F22, and tonight it will be Jan Nĕmec and his Diamonds of the Night, a story about two Jewish young men, fugitives from a train transporting them to a concentration camp.

A love letter to cinema could be the description of the German classic by Wim Wenders Kings of the Road, in the section Cinema at the Cinema. This touching and humorous tale about male friendship is scheduled for 8pm at Muller Hall.

In the Industry section, the Icelandic director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson will have a masterclass at F22 at 4pm, about the issues of limited budget directors get for their first films. Our guest’s view is that limitations stimulate creativity and unusual and interesting solutions.

At the Muller Hall at 6pm, as part of the off program Festivals in the Spotlight, we will be watching a selection of short films screened at the 75th edition of Horizons at Venice Film Festival. Although the selection is relatively small, it covers the entire spectrum: from drama to animation, from comedy to documentary film.