The complete program for this year’s 22nd Auteur Film Festival was presented at the first press conference, which was held at The Cultural Centre of Belgrade Movie Theatre today. The festival is being held this year from the 25th of November until the 3rd of December.
The members of the Festival’s Council, Srdan Golubović (the president of the Council), Stefan Arsenijević (co-president of the Council), artistic director Srđan Vučinić, cultural attaché of the French institution An-Loren Viguru, as well as the Festival’s president Igor Stanković, spoke to the press.
This year, the program consists of 81 films, while the main competition section consists of 22 films, 12 of which are competing for Gran Prix “Aleksandar Saša Petrović”. The films which are in competition are: Sieranevada, Aquarius, Album, All the Cities of the North, Raw, The Ornithologist, Scarred Hearts, In Between, Staying Vertical, Clash, I am Nero, Boris without Béatrice.
Srdan Golubović introduced the main program to the public: “The main competition program consists of some directorial debuts, because we have been trying to present some new authors to our local audience. The one thing that sets this year’s festival apart from the previous ones is the fact that the accompanying program Bande à parte includes a film by Lav Diaz, The Woman Who Left, the winner at the Venice Film Festival.”
The new film from Ken Loach I, Daniel Blake, the winner at the Cannes Film Festival, is among those films in the main program which are in great demand. Its screening, scheduled for the 25th of November at 7:30 pm. Also, one of the most anticipated movies is Toni Erdmann, the winner of the FIPRESCI Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which serves as closing film of the festival.
Srđan Vučinić, the artistic director, reminded the audience of the definition of auteur film: “Firstly, there is the generally known definition: it is a movie which allows its author room for independence and artistic freedom from his first creative vision until the final stages of editing. Secondly, it is not available on the Internet. Finally, it makes a lasting impression on the audience.”
Apart from the main program, the festival is going to include a bigger number of accompanying programs, which include plays, educational programs and workshops.
An-Loren Viguru expressed her deep gratitude for the collaboration with the Auteur Film Festival. Also, she spoke about the Society of Independent Film, which will show two movies – Swagger and Willy 1er.
Finally, Stefan Arsenijević looked back on the twenty-two-year-old journey of the Auteur Film Festival: “I have been thinking about how the festival began its journey with the slogan “A look at the world”. Also, how it was a window through which we could see the world during the dark times. That is how our mission and desire were fulfilled. In the last few years, we have even managed to push the doors wide open.”
The main hall of the festival will be the Belgrade Youth Center this year as well, while the festival is going to held in the hall of The Cultural Centre of Belgrade, the old and new building of the Museum of the Yugoslav Film Archive, in the cinema Fontana, UK Parobrod, Culture Center “Studentski Grad”, Art cinema (at the Kolarac Foundation and UK Palilula).
The ticket sale has already begun, and the prices, depending on when the movie is shown, range from 150 to 300 dinars. The Festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture and City of Belgrade.
The complete program, as well as all the additional information regarding the Auteur Film Festival, can be found on the festival’s website: www.faf.rs.
We kindly remind you that the deadline for media accreditation is Friday, the 18th of November; you can find the form on the festival’s website.