For years we have been following the festival in Prizren Kosova long-distance. This year – the festival dates are August 5-13 – it will be different. I will be there. Nevertheless – apart from enjoying the atmosphere and the open air screenings and all the side events – it will be a challenge to put together a film programme as there is so much interesting to choose from.
I say so after studying the press release that came out today announcing ”full slate of films for its 15th. jubilee edition, running from August 5 – 13 in the city of Prizren, Kosovo. Culled from yet another year of record number of submissions, the festival will showcase a selection of 238 films from 57 countries across 6 competitive sections and more than a dozen specially curated programs…”
It is impossible to mention all the elements – check the website, link below – but it is indeed impressive what is on the menu with the mix of
more classical competitive programs and special focus sections. Should be an inspiration for new festivals that are looking for a way to go, a profile, a (film) political statement to make.
In that respect one more quote from the press release: ”Corruption is central theme of the festival this year and its local, as well as global social context and consequences, will be highlighted and explored through a number of events, including panels, discussions with filmmakers and invited international and local experts, workshops and tech conference. A hand picked film program focusing on the issue of Corruption as well as two other phenomena that go hand in hand with it, Power and Lies, has been specially curated to coincide with the theme…”
9 films are in that section, we have written about ”A Good American” by Friedrich Moser, ”Behemoth” by Zhao Liang and Vitaly Mansky’s ”Under the Sun” – and I have read so much about ”The Lovers and the Despot”, ”Houston, We Have a Problem” and ”Weiner” – just some titles that will be on my viewing list in Prizren.
Much more will be written about this festival.