21st Motovun Film Festival Opens with Brass Band and Homage to Predrag Lucić

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Bringing to the heart of Istria a hundred of independent films from the whole world, the 21st MFF opened tonight in the crowded town square

The night started with a short documentary film by Irena Vrkljan, with shots of empty streets of Motovun made 52 years ago. Today, Motovun’s streets are full of life and the festival has certainly contributed to it. Adding to the great atmosphere was the Sveti Lovreč Brass Band with its long tradition. One of the songs they performed was Monty Python’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, honoring the late writer and journalist Predrag Lucić who opened the festival with this song a few years ago. Symbolically, the big friend the festival opened MFF once again. Having remembered Predrag, festival director Igor Mirković announced this year’s program together with programmer Milena Zajović and president of the Council of Advisors Mike Downey.

Polish film Panic Attack that opened the festival is but one of a hundred of films to be screened in Motovun’s cinemas under the stars in next five days. Part of the program is dedicated to Rubenu Östlund, one of the most intriguing filmmakers of today, who will receive this year’s Motovun Maverick Award. Another very important part of this year’s festival edition is the Berlin – Partner City program. Berlin will present itself in Motovun with films, concerts, performances and an exhibition.

Berlin tore down its wall long ago, creating space for new dialogues. As such, the city has become a mecca for artists from all over the world, including 13 Croatian and regional authors who now live and work there. Their works can be seen at the Walls & Bridges exhibition, opened in Five Towers Gallery tonight. Among them areLovro Artuković, Ivana Franke, Nina Kurtela, Boris IvandićandMartina Mezak.

The artistic installation The Square, originally presented in Sweden, came to life in the center of Motovun tonight. Based on this installation,Ruben Östlundmade his eponymous film that won him a Golden Palm in Cannes.

Germany’s capital – which is also Europe’s techno music capital – left its mark on the musical program, too. Three DJ’s from Berlin, including the acclaimed house music producer Ian Pooley, will be performing in Motovun. Croatian bands TBF and Krankenšvester will be entertaining the audience, too.

The festival continues Wednesday morning, with High Noonish program – conversations with the laureates of MFF’s honorary awards and the artists living and working in Berlin. The first of them is Mustafa Nadarević, an acting legend with more than 160 theatrical roles and more than 60 film roles in his career. The first of the night screenings (21:00) in Cinema Trg will be The Great Wall of China, directed by Aleksandra Odić, a Bosnian-Herzegovinian filmmaker who will also announce her film. The film is part of the Berlin program. Then follows a riveting drama Killing Jesús by Colombian director Laura Mora.

The side events will not be any less interesting. The acclaimed painter Lovro Artuković will participate in the guided tour through the Walls & Bridges exhibition and will also reminisce on LA Unfinished, made about him by Igor Mirković. The film screens at 15:00 in Even Smaller Cinema. DJ Ed2000 (Corin Arnold), the founder of Berlin’s long-lived club nights Dangerous Drums, will take care for music in Motovun’s central square in late hours.

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