“Free” and ” The liberation of Skopje” open FAST FORWARD 2016 on the International Day of Human Rights

Seventh edition of FAST FORWARD 2016 Human Rights Film Festival starts on 10 December in Montenegrin National Theatre (MNT), which will be also CCE’s contribution of marking the International Human Rights Day.

The opening will be announced by the film “Free” at 17h30. After the screening, Tomislav Žaja, director of movie, will address the public. “Free” is a documentary movie which follows its characters throughout the period of two years. Movie plot starts by showing us several institutions which we see, but also feel, how it looks like to be isolated and deprived of any right, privacy or decision-making possibility with regards to one’s life. To be free is the dream of all people who live in those institutions. After the departure from the institution, we witness their change. We look at the main actors who try to fulfil their dreams, but this time around, from their own perspective. Precisely because of that perspective we begin to ponder about our own lives, our freedom and society – the same society which deprived these people of decades of their lives. This film, which was produced in 2016, already participated on almost 30 festivals, and won six awards for best documentary feature, among other, on festivals Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival 2016, Top Indie Film Awards 2016, Liburnia Film Festival 2016, Venice Film Week 2016, Martinique International Film Festival 2016 and Somerville International Film Festival 2016. Movie trailer, as well as the additional details about the festivals on which it was screened, can be found at: http://www.ubrzaj.me/index.php/sr/program-cnp/slobodni

The Festival will be officially opened at 20h00 by Daliborka Uljarević, CCE executive director, and Zorana Kralj, director of Montenegrin National Theatre (MNT). During the opening ceremony, CCE will also award the Festival’s annual awards for the affirmation of human rights and civic activism in the category of individuals and organisations.

Slobodni POSTER

Film “The liberation of Skopje”, by Danilo and Rade Šerbedžija, will be screened at the opening. This accomplishment of Macedonian-Croatian-Finish coproduction was selected as the Macedonian candidate for the 89th Academy Award ceremony in the category of best foreign-language movie. Based on the renowned drama of Dušan Jovanović, “The liberation of Skopje” is a historic war drama situated in World War II, which we see through the eyes of a little boy Zoran. Apart from Rade Šerbedžija, other actors who make appearance in the movie include Miko Nousiainen, famous Finish actor, Lucija Šerbedžija, Nebojsa Glogovac, Silvija Stojanovska, and for the first time on film, David Todosovski. Macedonian author Vlatko Stefanovski and Finn Tomas Kantelinen are in charge of the music. This film was produced this year as well, and so far it has successfully participated on Pula Film Festival 2016, Sarajevo Film Festival 2016, Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy 2016, Tuzla Film Festival 2016, Zagreb Film Festival 2016, Bratislava International Film Festival 2016, Mostar Film Festival 2016 and International Cinematographers` Film Festival MANAKI BROTHERS 2016. Trailer, as well as the additional details about the festivals on which it was screened, can be found at http://www.ubrzaj.me/index.php/sr/program-cnp/oslobodenje-skoplja

Oslobodjenje Skoplja POSTER

On Sunday there will be screenings of films “Cartel land”, by US director Matthew Heineman, then the film of Swedish-American production “Kiki”, by Sara Jordenö, and the day will be closed with film “My own private war” by Lidija Zelović, who will also be guest of the Festival. Simultaneously, on Sunday 11 December, begins the Kotor edition of FAST FORWARD 2016 Festival, which will screen films “Kiki“ and “Album”.

VII FAST FORWARD Human Rights Film Festival 2016 will be held from 10 to 14 December 2016 in Podgorica, in Montenegrin National Theatre (MNT). As in previous years, this year the Festival will also have parallel editions in Kotor – 11 and 12 December in cinema “Boka” and in Berane – 12 and 13 December in Centre for culture.

FAST FORWARD 2016 is implemented in cooperation with Montenegrin National Theatre (MNT), BELDOCS, Cultural Centre “Nikola Đurković” from Kotor, Municipality of Berane and Centre for culture of Berane. Media sponsors of FAST FORWARD 2016 are public broadcaster RTCG and ID Vijesti. Festival is supported by the Commission for the allocation of part of the revenue from games of chance of Government of Montenegro, Australian Embassy, US Embassy, Foundation Heinrich Boll, as well as by companies Montepano, Metropolis, PG Taxi, Post of Montenegro and Compania de Vinos Montenegro.

During previous six editions of Festival, audience from Podgorica has had the opportunity to watch more than 80 accomplishments addressing human rights in an engaged manner. Festival programme, as well as the additional information, can be found on site http://ubrzaj.me/. Promo video can be downloaded at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkQ3kjsR934. Entrance to every screening is free of charge.

Svetlana Pešić, programme associate