presentation, screenings

Krsto Papić and Irena Škorić to be screened in Montreal

time: 30.08.2012. - 03.09.2012.
place: Montreal, Canada
organiser: FFM
The latest feature film Flower Square by Krsto Papić and Irena Škorić's erotic omnibus 7 seX 7will be screened  at the Festival des Films du Monde / World Film Festival in Montreal, Canada. The festival runs from August 30 to September 3.

About 7 seX 7:
This film takes seven self-contained erotic stories and uses them to create a feature-length film, in accordance with Aristotle’s dramatic principles of the unity of time, place and action, with a final reversal. The filmmaker creates a sort of modern Decameron from intimate moments in the lives of five heterosexual couples, as well as one female and one male homosexual couple. The voice of the erotic is the voice of the indirect; therefore the stories do not focus on explicit sex. Instead, the filmmaker explores the intriguing nature of human relations and captures the fleeting moments that communicates erotic tension so powerfully – in the same way that a hastily drawn sketch in a life drawing class can capture the essence of the model. These film narratives are impish, witty and bitter at the same time. The end result of their structure, style and expression is not a mosaic, but rather a unique movie entity.

Directed by Irena Škorić
Cast: Ana Majhenić, Robert Kurbaša, Jelena Perčin, Ivan Glowatzky, Frano Mašković, Csilla Barath Bastaić, Marinko Leš, Kristijan Ugrina, Asim Ugljen, Petra Težak, Mia Biondić, Ivan Đuričić, Sara Stanić, Jure Radnić, Jelena Jokić, Mario Kovač
Irena Škorić graduated in film and tv directing from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. She has directed over 20 award-winning short and midlength documentary fiction and experimental films, among them March 9th (2010), You Scratch my Back, I’ll Scratch Yours! (2007), and Work in Progress (2005). Her best-known short film Farewell (2008) won 38 national and international awards, including the Grand Prix at Days of Croatian Film in 2009. It was followed by another acclaimed documentary, The Destiny of Line 13 (2009) that won 16 awards. Škorić’s most recent projects are the short film Screenplay for Ordinary Life (2010), the documentary Berislav Š. The Trial (2010) and Farewell 2 (2011), the sequel to her acclaimed and award-winning short film.

Flower Square  Synopsis:
Actor Filip Kapec and his family find themselves under threat from the mafia and criminal underworld after police inspector Branko forces Filip to help the police investigate a ruthless mafia boss…

Directed by Krsto Papić
Written by Mate Matišić
Main Cast Dražen Kuhn, Dragan Despot, Mladen Vulić, Anja Šovagović, Ivica Zadro, Goran Grgić, Marija Škaričić
Cinematography Branko Cahun
Art Direction Mario Ivezić
Costume Design Lena Andrijević
Music Mate Matišić
Editing Robert Lisjak

Produced by Krsto Papić
Production Company Ozana Film; in co-production with Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT)

Krsto Papić (1933) is the director and writer of several significant Croatian live-action films, such as Handcuffs (1969), Acting Hamlet in the Village of Mrduša Donja (1973), The Rat Savior (1976), The Secret of Nikola Tesla (1980) and My Uncle's Legacy (1988). He is also the author of important documentary films, such as When my Knife Strikes You, Special Trains, Mala seoska priredba, Charter let no., A propos des etrangers en France (made for French TV), Fishermen from Urk (made for the Dutch Ministry of Intelligence). Papić has won over 100 awards for his films, including Golden Arenas for best film and best director in 1970 for Handcuffs. This film was also invited to appear as an official competition entry at Cannes, but the Yugoslavian Commission refused Papić permission to represent his country, so it appeared to great acclaim in the Quinzaine de Realisateurs section instead. Acting Hamlet in the Village of Mrduša Donja was an official competition entry at the Berlinale in 1974 and was nominated for a Golden Bear award. The Rat Savior won three grand prix awards at fantasy festivals: in Trieste, Paris and Porto. My Uncle's Legacy won the Golden Arena and audience awards at Pula in 1988, and won the FIPRESCI award for best film at Montreal. It was also nominated for a Golden Globe for best foreign film. Papić’s other films include the highly acclaimed feature Story From Croatia (1991), When the Dead Start Singing (1999) and Infection (2005).

(D.H., 31.08.2012)