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The 21st Palić Film Festival Opens

The 21st edition of the Palić European Film Festival, with more than 80 films, officially opened on July 19th with an award ceremony where the Aleksandar Lifka Award was presented to the Serbian actress Mira Banjac, while the second winner - French director Claude Lelouch - was unable to come.
The festival programme officially commenced with the screening of White God, by Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo, an inspiring story about the relationship between dogs and people, and will be concluded on July 25th, with the out of competition screening of the Turkish film Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, winner of this year’s Palme d'Or at Cannes. 

The main competition program includes 11 other films, including two domestic - Barbarians by Ivan Ikić, which will have its Serbian premier after recently winning an award at Karlovy Vary, and Strange Forest by Szabolcs Tolnai.

The opening ceremony also saw the presentation of the festival jury, chaired by Pierre-Henri Deleau, the creator of the Director’s Fortnight program at Cannes. The jury will also include the program director of the Berlinale, Karin Hofinger, Hungarian director Szabolcs Hajdu, Serbian actress Hristina Popović and Croatian director and screenwriter Dalibor Matanić. The jury will decide the winners of the Golden Tower for the best film as well as Palić Tower award for best director. 

The international jury of critics, which was also introduced to the audience, will award the prize for the best film of the Parallels and Encounters program. This year it consists of Tristan Priimägi (Estonia), Xavier Garcia Puerto (Spain) and Nevena Matović, a journalist from Serbia. 
Parallels and Encounters will show 11 films from Eastern Europe, one of them out of competitions – the omnibus Bridges of Sarajevo, dedicated to the Sarajevo assassination and  the centenary of the beginning of World War One. It includes contributions from 13 film directors, among them such important names in  the history of European cinema as Jean-Luc Godard, as well as representatives of the generation that has marked the past decade, such as Cristi Puiu from Romania, Sergey Loznitsa from Ukraine, Aida Begić from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Vladimir Perišić from Serbia, who has authored the segment by the Our Shadows Shall

Palić festival is held at several locations near Lake Palić and the city of Subotica and it will host more than a hundred distinguished guests from all over Europe. 

The festival programme also includes selections dedicated to the new Georgian and Hungarian film, a tribute to the winners of the Lifka Award, which has already been screened, as well as programmes Classics In The Square and The Great War in Film, and Young Spirit of Europe a homage dedicated to the winner of the Underground Spirit Award  - French director, animator, photographer and graphic designer Eduardo Salieri, in addition to a selection of documentaries on ecology. 

The Strategic partner of the festival is Turkish Airlines and it is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Information of Serbia, Vojvodina provincial government and the city authorities of Subotica. 

In addition to its film program, the Palić festival includes an exhibition of Serbia and Serbs in film during the First World War, as well as an exhibition and panel discussion Monument and the changing face of memory, as well as a scientific meeting on Environmental and health consequences of NATO bombing. 

A selection of the 21st Palić Film Festival  films - ten films from five programmes - will be shown in the Fontana cinema in Belgrade from July 20th to 24th, thanks to the efforts of that movie theater and production company Art & Popcorn. 

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