The Free Zone Film Festival brings to its audience in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Niš the most interesting movies this year as well. The program will include a total of 50 documentary and feature films from all over the world.
The festival will include the winner of this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, an Italian documentary, Fire at Sea, directed by Gianfranco Rosi. This great achievement in cinema lifts the veil on the biggest tragedy in modern history since the Holocaust and reveals the human face of the current refugee crisis. The film is set on the Italian island of Lampedusa, which became the metaphor of the most massive and deadly transit of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children to Europe in the 90s. Without introducing the people and through gloomy statistics and semantic confusion of the words migrant or refugee, the film remains focused on the difficulty of their struggle for rights to freedom and better life.
A special movie treat for all the lovers of technology, futurism and digital activism will be the new documentary of the eccentric cult director Werner Herzog. Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World makes the audience wonder: What kind of an existential impact do robotics, Internet of Things and artificial intelligence have on the life of humans and how big is it? Today, the society depends on the internet in almost every possible way, but rarely do we stop to ponder over its infinity, omnipotence and unstoppable omnipresence. His own research on our hectic life online in which we are all connected, the author depicts with stories on different peculiar and interesting individuals – from the technological pioneers like Elon Musk to the victims of radiation from wireless ices, whose anecdotes and experiences show a complex image of our extremely new world.
Lee Tamahori’s new film about sibling rivalry and reconciliation – The Patriarch, is set in the rural part of New Zealand in the 60s. Based on the novel Bulibasha: King of the Gypsies, written by the most famous Maori contemporary writer Witi Ihimaera, the film tells the story of two families- the Mahanas and the Poatas, arch-enemies and business rivals. The fourteen-year-old boy, Simeon, the youngest son of the Mahanas, becomes the symbol of the long-standing feud and rebellion against the firm tradition of the Maori. On the point of becoming an adult, he will unravel the secret that hides behind the long clan bigotry and rebel against the heads of his family and the traditional ways of thinking of the Maori.
Fresh from this year’s Berlin International Film Festival comes the film The Lovers and the Despot. This is the story about the young director Sang-ok and the actress Choi Eun-hee, the South Korean Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth of the 1970s. Simultaneously, this documentary is an inside story about the notorious North Korean dictator, who violets the most basic human rights and who is the greatest fan of Hennessy cognac in the world. At the peak of her popularity, the secret agents in Hong Kong kidnap Choi under the command of Kim Jong-il. Searching for Choi, Kin himself gets kidnapped.
The British film Sing Street brings us back to the Golden age of the 80s, rock and roll and just briefly reminds us of the influence of the new wave music on the Yugoslav youth at that time. The magnificent coming of age motion picture is also a musical with unbelievable original soundtrack. Sing Street tells the story of Conor, a fourteen-year-old boy who sees the escape from his parents, who are about to get divorced, and teenage problems in a mysterious, beautiful and uber cool girl Raphina. In order to win her heart, he invites her to be the star of his band’s music videos. There is just one small problem: the band doesn’t exist…yet.
The docu-thriller Zero Days, which is about our world in the time of the cyberwar, shows us for the first time the complete story of the computer malware Stuxnet, known as a “worm” for its ability to go from one computer to another through the software holes that it creates. Stuxnet is a malware created by the joined forces of the U.S. and Israel to completely destroy the key part of the Iranian nuclear facilities and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target. This documentary exclusively reveals numerous intrigues of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the U.S. military, Israeli agency Mossad, mass espionage, killings and cyber weapons of the new generation, whose destructive power can be compared only to nuclear war.
At the 12th Free Zone Festival, we will present the winner of this year’s grand prize in the selection of “Un Certain Regard” in Cannes, The happiest day in the life of Olli Maki. Yuho Kuosmanen’s irresistibly charming first film, filmed in black and white, is a funny drama inspired by the historical fight of the Finnish boxer Olli Maki and the American champion Davey Moore in Helsinki in the year 1962. Ollie is a country boy and everything is ready or his victory, all he has to do is lose weight and focus on the match. However, Ollie falls in love.
The first film to be officially screened is the film NERUDA by the Chilean director Pablo Larrain in the Sava Centar on November 10. The tickets for the premiere can be bought at the ticket offices of Sava Centar and Eventim.
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