Press Releases  ·  31 | 07 | 2019

First Look at Serbian Cinema: 6 Serbian Works in Progress in Locarno Pro

For its 9th edition, the Locarno Film Festival’s First Look initiative (9 – 11 August) will focus on Serbian Cinema. Thanks to a partnership with Film Center Serbia, this year's First Look will present 6 films in post-production, with a strong female directors’ line-up (4 out of 6).

The selected works in progress are:

  • Celts (Kelti) by Milica Tomović, produced by Vladimir Vasiljević (EED Productions)
  • In Praise of Love (U slavu ljubavi) by Tamara Drakulić, produced by Jelena Angelovski (Monkey Production)
  • Prison Beauty Contest (Izbor Za Miss Zatvora) produced and directed by Srdjan Sarenac (Novi Film) in coproduction with Udruzenje Novi Film (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Provid (Croatia)
  • Resisting Landscapes (Pejzaži Optora) by Marta Popivoda, produced by Dragana Jovović (Theory at Work) in coproduction with Bocalupo Films (France)
  • Speak So I Can See You (Govori da bih te video) by Marija Stojnić, produced by Miloš Ivanović and Marija Stojnić (Bilboke), in coproduction with Restart (Croatia), Doha Film Institute (Qatar), Set Sail Films (Serbia)
  • Telenovela Greyscale in Color (Telenovela en gris y multicolor) by Filip Martinović, produced by Nikola Savicevic and Filip Martinović (Gulu Gulu Presenta)

Markus Duffner, Project Manager: “Thanks to the collaboration with Film Center Serbia, this year First Look showcases six different projects that illustrate the diversity of cinematic approaches within the contemporary Serbian landscape, mostly led by female voices.”

The works in progress will be accessible to industry badge holders only. Before each screening the producers and directors will introduce their film to the various international sales agents, funders, distributors and festival programmers.

On August 11, the jury, consisting of Lorenzo Esposito (Programmer, Berlin International Film Festival), Tiina Lokk (Artistic Director, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival) and Emanuela Martini (Artistic Director, Torino Film Festival) will assign the First Look award offered by Cinelab Bucharest that consists of post-production services of the value of 65.000 €, the Le Film Français’ award for advertising services of the value of 5.600,00 € and the Kaiju Cinema D/ffusion award (the designing of the international key art poster) valued at 5.000,00 €. The producers will also access a special matchmaking service provided by First Look Project Manager, Markus Duffner.


Serbian Films present in Locarno Film Festival’s official selection:

Cineasti del presente / Filmmakers of the Present
Ivana cea Groaznica (Ivana the Terrible)
by Ivana Mladenović – Romania/Serbia – 93’ – Microfilm, Dunav 84 Serbia

Pardi di domani
Poslednja slika o ocu (The Last Image of Father)
by Stefan Djordjevic – Serbia – 20’ – All Inclusive Films, Emote Films

Before Serbia, First Look focused on Portugal, the Baltic Countries, Poland, Israel, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Colombia, launching successful titles like Campo by Thiago Hespanha (Portugal), Partenonas by Mantas Kvedaravičius (Lithuania, Ukraine, France), Birds are Singing in Kigali by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze (Poland), Sand Storm by Elite Zexer (Israel), The Second Mother by Anna Muylaert (Brazil), To Kill a Man by Alejandro Fernandez Almendras (Chile) and La Playa DC by Juan Andrés Arango (Colombia).

Project Manager: Markus Duffner

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The 72nd Locarno Film Festival will take place from 7 to 17 August 2019