20 February 2017,


20. 2. 2017. – Once again, this year the Croatian Independent Cinemas Network is organising the Women’s Day Film Feast in independent cinemas across the country to celebrate the 8th of March. The third Women’s Day event takes place from 7 to 12 March and features three must-see films. This year, 25 cities and 28 independent cinemas will take part in the event, and audiences will have a chance to enjoy one iconic classic film and two important contemporary titles.

The ‘special treat’ of the Women’s Day Film Feast is Federico Fellini’s iconic classic 8 ½ (1963), one of the finest and most significant classic films of all times, the winner of two Academy Awards, for best foreign language film and best costume design, and the Grand Prix at Moscow International Film Festival.

This “best film ever made about filmmaking” (R. Ebert) portrays director Guido Anselmi who, although suffering from a creative block and lack of inspiration, starts making his new film without a script. The film stars Marcello Mastroianni and Claudia Cardinale, with the original score composed by Nino Rota.

As late Ante Peterlić, the great Croatian film theorist and critic, said, 8 ½ is “original, complexly structured, expressively opulent, displaying the author’s specific gift of observation, accepted almost by acclamation, especially because in the triumphant period of film d’auteur it warned about the possibilities of author’s direct communication with the audience in the fiction genre. This film made Fellini a ‘celebrity director’.”

The line-up also includes two premiering contemporary titles – the Croatian film Trampoline and the French film Things to Come (L’avenir).

Katarina Zrinka Matijević’s feature fiction debut, Trampoline, is a film about love, but not a love film. It focuses on both sides of the mother-daughter relationship which crosses the line, breaks trust and switches from stimulating and gentle to dark and violent. A film about unconditional parental love which often becomes conditional; a film about scars deep inside us that remain even after the bruises fade. The film stars: Franka Mikolaci, Tena Nemet Brankov (Golden Arena for best supporting female role) and Marija Tadić, opposite Lana Barić, Frano Mašković, Asja Jovanović, Nina Violić, Igor Kovač and Enes Vejzović.

Things to Come was directed by the young French director Mia Hansen-Løve, and earned her a Silver Bear for best director at the Berlinale. Many critics included it among the finest titles in 2016. The film focuses on Nathalie, a philosophy teacher in a Paris high school. She is passionate about her job and loves to transfer her love of critical thinking to her students. Married, with two children, she is torn between her family, her former students and her very possessive mother. One day, her husband tells her he is leaving her for another woman. With her new, imposed freedom, Nathalie is faced with the challenge of rebuilding her life.

The third Women’s Day Film Feast is organised by Cinema Network in association with the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, with the support of Kultura nova Foundation and City of Zagreb, and takes place at 28 independent cinemas: Art Cinema Croatia, Art Cinema Metropolis MSU, Čakovec Centre for Culture, Sinj City Cinema, 30 May Cinema, Europa Cinema, Gorica Cinema, Karaman Cinema, Marof Cinema, Mediteran Bol Cinema, Mediteran Hvar Cinema, Mediteran Imotski Cinema, Mediteran Jelsa Cinema, Mediteran Komiža Cinema, Mediteran Lastovo Cinema, Mediteran Omiš Cinema, Moslavina Cinema, Pazin Cinema, Pobjeda Cinema, Samobor Cinema, Slatina Cinema, Sloboda Cinema, Urania Cinema, Valli Cinema, Velebit Cinema, Zabok Cinema, Zlatna vrata Cinematheque, MM Centre.

Details about the screening schedule will be available on the website or Facebook page of the Cinema Network and the cinemas taking part in the event.

See you at the Women’s Day Film Feast!

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