Izola film fest 2019

Izola is turning into a mecca for film buffs

Izola, 5 June, 2019 – The seaside town of Izola is turning into a mecca for film buffs as the international film festival Kino Otok – Isola Cinema festival opens there on Wednesday for the 15th consecutive year.  Running until Sunday, the festival is a showcase for independent films that do not feature often in cinemas, on TV or computer screens, running outside established promotion and distribution channels.

The festival’s selector, Varja Močnik, has picked films that question the time we live in, wonder about the future while referencing the past. Many explore the legacy passed down to the posterity. Young people and their experiences in a world with few prospects are the theme of two documentaries, Agostino Ferrente’s Selfie, and Jelena Maksimović’s Taurunum Boy. 

Spaces that seem to have no future will also be portrayed in Ivan Salatić’s You Have the Night, where life has stopped after a shipyard went bust, and Ivan Ramljak’s Home of the Resistance, a film about Tito’s crumbling memorial home in Kumrovec.

The festival will feature several guests, including Serbian auteur Želimir Žilnik, who will present his latest film The Most Beautiful Country in the World, about a group of young migrants. An exhibition celebrating 50 years of his filmmaking will be put on at the Plac Izolanov Gallery.

Indian director Shaji N. Karun will be back in Izola for the screening of his latest film Olu (She), about a Gypsy rape victim, in Manzioli Square on Thursday. Some of the films by other major directors include Paul Schrader’s First Reformed, Lucrecia Martel’s Zama and Jan Vromman’s The History of the Pig (Within Us). Saturday night will see a screening of a 35-millimetre copy of Time Stood Still, the 1958 drama by Italian director Ermanno Olmi (1931-2018). The films by Slovenian directors include the experimental film Newsreel 63 – The Train of Shadows by Nika Autor, who has represented Slovenia at the Venice Biennial. Another one is Ostanki – Izpovedi Duhovom (Remnants – Confessions to Spirits), which Niko Novak and Matevž Jerman made out of the footage that Vlado Škafar left out of his film Mother.

A fresh selection of edgy free-spirited shorts from all over the world will be screened in the Video on the Beach section, while there is also a section reserved for children and families. The festival is where auteurs share their experiences with young talents, and many are coming back so that after 15 years once up-and-coming filmmakers often return after they have established themselves. The screenings will be held at six open-air and indoor venues, followed by socialising at the Lighthouse accompanied by live music acts.

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Source: STA

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