14th Motovun Film Festival is scheduled to take place July 25 – 29, and the winner of Motovun Propeler, among tough competition, will be chosen by directors who represent three generations of contemporary European film: young Hungarian author Ágnes Kocsis, Scottish director David Mackenzie, a double Berlin Film festival winner, and PaweĂ…â€š Pawlikowski, who is well-known to Motovun audience.
Ágnes Kocsis was born in Budapest where she graduated infilm directing at Academy of Drama and Film. Her short film The Virus won the Cinéfondation award at the 59th Cannes Film Festival, while Fresh Air, her first feature film, was shown at the same festival as part of the International Critics' Week. Adrienn Pál, her second feature film was premiered in 2010 in Cannes, winning the FIPRESCI award.
David Mackenzie was born and raised in Scotland. He started his career by making short films which brought him many awards, and his first feature film The Last Great Wilderness he made in 2002. His second film Young Adam was awarded in 2003 at Edinburgh International Film Festival, and in 2004 and the London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Newcomer of the Year. Another feature film, Asylum (2004) received an award at Berlinale, while his Hallam Foe (2007) won the Silver Bear at Berlinale, he also received FIPRESCI at Motovun. His latest film, Perfect Sense was premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and it will be screened at Motovun.
PaweĂ…â€š Pawlikowski was born in Warsaw. He left Poland at the age of 14, lived in Germany and Italy, studied literature and philosophy in London and Oxford. Mid-eighties he started making films. He received awards for his documentaries Vaclav Havel (1989), From Moscow to Pietushki (1990), Dostoevsky's Travels (1991), Serbian Epics (1992) and Tripping with Zhirinovsky (1995). His debut feature was The Stringer (1998), filmed in Russian, and with Last Resort (2000) and My Summer of Love (2004) he has won numerous awards, including BAFTA for "Most Promising Newcomer in British Film" in 2001, and Best British Film in 2005, four European Film Awards nominations, winning at festivals in Edinburgh, Thessaloniki, Gijón, Cabourg, Oslo and of course, Motovun: Propeler for Last Resort and audience award for My Summer of Love.