competition, screenings

Four Croatian films at the prestigious International Film Festival Rotterdam

time: 22.01.2014. - 04.02.2014.
place: Rotterdam
organiser: FFR
Four Croatian films will be screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, whose 43rd edition takes place between 22 January and 2 February 2014. Tatjana Božić’s Happily Ever After will have a world premiere in the feature fiction film competition, and the festival will also present Sonja Tarokić’s On Shaky Ground, Dane Komljen’s Tiny Bird and Petra Seliškar’s Mama Europa.

Rotterdam’s feature competition screens first and second film and the selection leans strongly on genre hybrids and innovative and often avantgarde approach to directing. The section awards three equal Hivos Tiger prizes. The Dutch-Croatian co-production Happily Ever After is Tatjana Božić’s feature documentary, described as a tragicomic and uncompromised attempt of the director to revisit past relationships and save the current one. The Croatian co-producer is Factum and the film was co-funded by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre.

Rotterdam’s non-competition sections will show another three Croatian films. The Spectrum Shorts category will host the world premiere of the short fiction film On Shaky Ground by Sonja Tarokić. It is a story about untold financial issues that cause a crisis and collapse of a family. The film was produced by R44 and co-funded by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre.
The same section will show the Croatian-Serbian co-production Tiny Bird by Dane Komljen. This is an intimate essay about a personal loss, already screened in competition at FID Marseille and 25 FPS. The Croatian co-producer is Restart.

The Signals Regained thematic category, one of whose sections is this year dedicated to the concept of Europe, will show Mama Europa, a Slovenian-Macedonian-Croatian co-production by Petra Seliškar, co-produced in Croatia by Restart. The film tells the director’s and her daughter Terra’s personal tale about their travels across Europe and visits to places outside Schengen.

The 43rd edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam takes place between 22 January and 2 February. Because of its rich film programme, large turnout and extremely well developed industry segment (CineMart film market), Rotterdam is considered an A-list festival. More information can be found on the official festival website.

(D.H., 24.01.2014)