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Kino Otok Festival to Kick Off in Izola and Ljubljana


The festival will offer a number of films in eight sections, with the "35mm Kult-ure" (35mm Cult-ure) coming on this year as a way of honouring films that are becoming a thing of the past due to digitalisation.

The programme of the festival may seem a bit eclectic at first glance, but the films are selected and arranged in a way that there is no room for randomness, artistic director Varja Močnik told an interview with the STA.

In line with the main topic of the festival, organisers have invited directors Karpo Godina and Želimir Žilnik to discuss resistance on film. Apart from them, the festival will host a number of guests to debate various topics in order to follow the main principle of Kino Otok - hanging out.

"Debates with our guests are not just an obligation - they are well prepared. Filmmakers must make contact with the visitors, there must be no boundaries between them. We all love cinema, which is why this kind of informal hanging out is so important," Močnik told the STA.

She singled out several films, including Sylvain George's "Vers Madrid - The Burning Bright!" about civil unrest in Spain and "The Fragments (My Mouth, My Revolt, My Name)" about the conditions immigrants find themselves in when arriving in Europe.

Apart from that, the relatively unknown Dutch cinematography will be represented by Martijn Maria Smits, while Croatian filmmaker Damir Čučić will be presented with "A Letter to My Father". Žilnik will be featured at the festival with the "One Woman - One Century" documentary about Dragica Srzentić, who has lived through eight different countries.

On Tuesday, organisers will screen France Štiglic's "On Our Own Land" to mark the film's 65th anniversary. On Thursday, the international part of the festival will kick off with a screening of "The Girl with Marbles", the only film by the late founder of the Slovenian cinematheque Kinoteka Silvan Furlan (1953-2005).


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