ZagrebDox Friday


A rich film programme includes a premiere of David Lušičić’s film, Želimir Žilnik’s retrospective and many titles taking us to different corners of the world

Day five at ZagrebDox will begin with a new event at ZagrebDox Pro: a panel discussion under the title What the Future Holds, hosted by director Igor Bezinović and including producers Vanja Jambrović and Nebojša Taraba and film television editor Sari Volanen. A talk about recent changes in the film industry is scheduled for 1 pm in Theatre 5, and admission is free.

After free screenings at 3 pm, including a rerun of the film Summer Nights, which launched this year’s festival edition last Sunday, a handful of film titles are scheduled. The impressive war documentary Trenches by Loup Bureau and the moving film The Banality of Grief by the great Danish filmmaker Jon Bang Carlsen are scheduled for 4 pm.

Želimir Žilnik’s “fragments from the guest worker’s opus” will be shown in Theatre 2 at 5 pm: five short films the author directed in Munich in the mid-1970s are united under the theme of precarious living conditions for marginalised social groups such as migrant workers. At the same time, in Theatre 4, the programme includes the poetic Indian production The Night of Knowing Nothing, in which director Payal Kapadia follows the forbidden love story in epistolary form. In Theatre 5 at 5 pm, The Story of Looking by Mark Cousins ​​will be screened, a film-essay on the role and power of visual experiences in interpreting the world around us, filled with references to historical events, artwork and cinematography.

An authentic insight into today’s love affairs is provided by the authorial trio Andrine Moland, Caroline Mathilde Salic and Kathrine Skibsted in the film Love Me, Love Me Not. The documentary, which immerses us in all the joys and difficulties of partnerships and solitude, is scheduled in Theatre 1, and in a Q&A session with the audience, it will be presented by one of the directors, Kathrine Skibsted. In Theatre 3, at the same time, the audience will have a chance to see a new film by Italian film veteran Marco Bellocchio, also this year’s winner of the My Generation Award given by the director and founder of ZagrebDox, Nenad Puhovski. Marx Can Wait is a dedication to the director’s twin brother and his tragic fate, and through intimate conversations, archival material and retrospective reviews he explores feelings of sadness, guilt and responsibility, as well as compassion and love.

After the screening of the film The Mother Lode, which will start at 7 pm in Theatre 2, Matteo Tortone will present his work which takes him to the highest and most dangerous gold mine, located in the Peruvian Andes. At the same time, Theatre 4 features the first of two screenings from the Point of View retrospective section, which includes David Lowery’s Pioneer and Oscar winner Laura Poitras’s Oath. After yesterday’s premiere, the audience will have a chance to see a new film by Croatian director Goran Dević The Building in Theatre 5 at 7 pm.

At 8 pm in Theatre 1, the programme includes a humorous miniature about everyday life during lockdown. Balcony Concert by Diana Kadłubowska and Krzysztof Kadłubowski and the poetic and visually impressive achievement by Jennifer Peedom, River, accompanied by Willem Dafoe’s narration and music by Richard Macfarlane and Jonny Greenwood. The premiere of the film Mlungu – The White King, in which director David Lušičić follows the everyday life of a Croatian sailor after serving a five-year prison sentence for drug smuggling, is scheduled for 8 pm in Theatre 3, and after the screening the audience will learn more about the film in a Q&A session with the director.

Three screenings starting at 9 pm will feature the documentary Zinder about the infamous namesake Nigerian city directed by Aicha Macky (Theatre 2), a film trip to the Paris suburbs of We by Alice Diop (Theatre 4) and the Croatian documentary Bigger than Trauma by Vedrana Pribačić and Mirta Puhlovski (Theatre 5). Director Pacho Velez’s Searchers in Theatre 1 at 10 pm brings a kaleidoscope of New Yorkers’ experiences who are trying to find partners and romantic experiences through online dating apps. Ousmane Samassekou’s film The Last Shelter, one of the titles from the Road Dox section, which is scheduled in Theatre 3 at the same time, and takes us to a migrant refuge in the Malian city of Gao.

Photo: Mlungu – The White King