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27TH EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL PALIĆ

27TH EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL PALIĆ

This year’s, twenty-seventh edition of the Palić European Film Festival will be held from September 12 to 18 in Palić and Subotica, organized by the Open University Subotica. This year, the Festival is being held in EuroCinema and Art Cinema Lifka in Subotica, as well as in Abazija cinema in Palić.

This year's Alexander Lifka Award laureate, for outstanding contribution to European cinema, in the category of foreign filmmakers is legendary Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi, who won one of the most prestigious awards in the world of independent film - Golden Bear at Berlinale for her latest film ON BODY AND SOUL. In the category of Serbian filmmakers, this year’s Lifka goes to our famous actress Mirjana Karanović. Italian director and editor Sara Fgaier is this year's laureate of Underground Spirit Award, assigned by the Festival for outstanding work in the field of independent film, as well as for a unique approach to film language and authentic authorial poetics established off the mainstream film industry.

The audience will be presented with more than 100 films from all over the Europe, in 15 different selections and program units. Official Selection consists of 12 European films. At the opening ceremony, on September 12, film THE NAME OF A PEOPLE by Darko Bajić, produced by Zillion Film, will have it’s premiere. The program also includes film PINOCCHIO by Italian director Matteo Garrone (GOMORRAH, REALITY SHOW, DOGMAN). Well-known French author of the older generation, Philippe Garrel, is in the program with new film THE SALT OF TEARS, and veteran of Polish and world cinema Agnieszka Holland is on the repertoire with her new film CHARLATAN. One of the most distinctive German directors, Christian Petzold, comes with drama UNDINE, which won the FIPRESCI and Silver Bear Critics Awards for Best Actress at this year's Berlinale. The most controversial film in the main program is NATASHA, one of the films from the extensive DAU project by Russian director Ilya Khrzhanovskiy. Polish-Swedish film SWEAT by Magnus Von Horn is coming from the official selection of this year’s failed Cannes Film Festival, while film PERSIAN LESSONS comes from opus of director Vladimir Perelman (HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG, THE LIFE BEFORE HER EYES ). Films WILDLAND by Danish director Jeanette Nordahl, VALAN by Hungarian director Béla Bagota, HOPE by Norwegian director Maria Sødahl and 18% OF GRAY by Bulgarian director Viktor Chouchkov will also be screened at Palić. At the closing ceremony on August 14, the audience will enjoy watching Serbian-Russian production HOTEL BELGRADE by Konstantin Statskiy, with Miloš Biković and Diana Pozharskaya in the lead roles.

The competition program Parallels and Encounters presents films DESPAIR by Latvian director Karlis Lesins, FELIX AUSTRIA aka MAID-IN-LAW by Ukrainian director Christina Sivolap, FOMO – FEAR OF MISSING OUT by Attila Hartung from Hungary, FREM by Slovak director Vera Chakaniova, KILL IT AND LEAVE THIS TOWN (Mariusz Wilczyński, Poland), MOTHER by Croatian director Jure Pavlović, PARTHENON by Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravičius, Austrian film ROYAL BLUE by Dinko Draganović, Serbian film TOMORROW IS STILL JULY  by Dejan Vlaisavljević Nikt, THE FORGOTTEN by Daria Onyshchenko from Ukraine, SERVANTS by Slovak director Ivan Ostrochovsky. Off the competition, the same selection presents THE FIRST BRIDGE by Laila Pakalnina from Latvia, EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT by Slovenian director Metod Pevec, and ROUNDS by Bulgarian director Stephan Komandarev.

By the Gorki List Award, the audience will for the fifth time this year take an active role in perceiving the film art presented at the Festival. This way, once again, in addition to the expert jury, the opinion of the most numerous will be respected, thanks to whose loyalty and dedication to the film, the Festival lasts all these years. At the 27th festival edition, the international jury of the Festival will award the Golden Tower for the Best Film and the Palić Tower for the Best Director. The critics’ jury will award prize for the Best Film in Parallels and Encounters program, along with the FIPRESCI Award for the Best Film.

European Film Festival Palić was supported by the European Union through the Creative Europe MEDIA program, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia, the Provincial Secretary for Culture, Public Information and Relations with Religious Communities of Vojvodina, the City of Subotica, and numerous partners and media.

This year's European Film Festival Palić will be held in compliance with all measures of the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Crisis Staff for the Suppression of the Infectious Disease Covid-19. The organizing team of the festival prioritizes the health and safety of the audience, as well as the guests and the festival team. The official protocol, with detailed instructions on measures during the Festival, will be adopted and published in a timely manner before the start of the event.

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