Motovun Film festival

time: 27.7.2009. - 31.7.2009.
place: Motovun, Croatia
organiser: Motovun Film Festival
Having successfully completed its first decade, Motovun Film Festival will be offering film treats for the 11th time, from 27 to 31 July, on the beautiful Motovun Hill in the heart of Istria.  The program will again include a selection of the best films made in independent productions and by less known cinematographies.

This year’s partner-country comes from Europe’s north, offering us an insight into the Finnish part of the Scandinavian cinematography. Since Juha, a film by famous Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki was the first film ever to be shown at Motovun Film Festival, it is only logical that the festival entered the second decade of the Festival with a program presenting the new Finnish film. The program will include five most successful long feature films made in the past five years. And, recognizing great Finnish achievements in documentary films, showing a retrospective of Finnish documentaries selected by director Arto Halonen that includes six most interesting ones. Arto Halonen has been continually making documentaries in the past fifteen years and at the last year’s Thessalonica Festival he received the award given to the most acclaimed documentarists of today.

After the big anniversary which was marked last year, organizers are celebrating a smaller – but no less important – one this year: the tenth anniversary of Motovun Online, with selection of short films. As anniversaries are always a good opportunity for reminding on the best achievements, this year there will be presentation of a review of all winners in this selection. Since the running time of each of these films does not exceed 15 minutes, all of them will be shown in one exciting film night, taking place in Zagreb’s Europa Theater on July 2. Organizers will use the occasion to present this year’s program of the Festival, too. Since Motovun Online is moving on, a new set of short films will be available on the Festival web page as of July 15.