Sunday, 11 July 2021

Motovun Film Festival to Be Held on 27–31 July with Epidemiological Measures

ZAGREB, 11 July, 2021 - The Motovun Film Festival will be held from 27 to 31 July, with recommended epidemiological measures in place due to the pandemic, and it will feature a series of screenings, as well as musical and other events.

The organisers have said that only those with COVID certificates will be able to attend indoor screenings and concerts, as well register in the festival camp.

Everyone will have access to the festival location, and COVID certificates will not be required for outdoor screenings, but visitors will have to keep their distance and the cinema seating capacity will be reduced.

There are no special measures for outdoor events and hospitality establishments until midnight.

For those without a COVID certificate, the festival will organise a testing centre in Motovun, and the schedule and conditions will be announced later.

With this combination of measures, the festival is trying to achieve the best balance between safety and openness to everyone, the organisers said, adding that everyone in their crew has a COVID certificate.

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Wednesday, 16 June 2021

2021 Motovun Film Festival Has A Special Surprise For Its Audience

June 16th, 2021 - The 2021 Motovun Film Festival is located in the heart of the land of truffles. The Motovun Forest is a famous site of precious truffles, and their taste and smell are often the reason that takes travelers to the valley of the Mirna river. That is why this year's festival (July 27-31) begins with the celebrated documentary "Truffle Hunters", which won the hearts of the film world last season.

Fahion.hr reports that the film created by Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival and told the story of a group of experienced experts from Piedmont, Italy, seekers of rare and precious truffles longed for by the world's richest chefs and gourmets. While a rich and fashionable culinary world is being taken for their prey, they live the lives of humble individuals, in love with their sniffer dogs, cunningly and silently protecting their world from greed.

Istrian truffle growers will also have the opportunity to tell their stories. In cooperation with their association, Truffle Day will be organized on the festival's first day with socializing and accompanying delicacies from this sought-after tuber.

The opening film is just the beginning of Italian stories because this year's Motovun program also includes three Italian premieres with excellent reviews at prestigious festivals. The winner of the award for the best screenplay is coming from the Venice Film Festival. Predators by director Pietro Castellitt is a black humor story about two seemingly incompatible families. Some are bourgeois intellectuals and others, proletarian fascists. A radical act will lead them to a showdown that reveals that no one is what they seem, but we are all predators in the end.

The film Padrenostro is set in the lead 70s and is based on a real childhood event by director Claudio Noce. After being wounded in a terrorist attack, the hitherto untouchable police chief becomes vulnerable and insecure, and his son seeks solace in a life-changing friendship. Lead actor Pierfrancesco Favino was awarded in Venice for the best role.

With special recognition from the Federation of Italian Cinema Clubs from Venice comes the film Assandiro by the popular Sardinian director Salvatore Mereu. This is another topic that is current for us: the impact of the modern tourism industry on traditional communities and the life changes. The protagonist is a traditional Italian peasant, and his son and daughter-in-law return from Berlin with the idea of ​​turning his estate into a lucrative tourist complex. After that decision, their lives will no longer be the same.

These film treats are brought by the Motovun Film Festival in cooperation with the Italian Institute of Culture. In addition to the main competition program, which will present eighteen premiere titles, Italian authors will be represented in the children's program Buzz @ teen, which takes place in Buzet (July 22-25), as well as in the short program, the winner of which will compete this year. For the European Film Academy Award.

The full festival program will be announced on July 1, when ticket pre-sale begins!

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Thursday, 11 July 2019

Motovun Film Festival Joins Movement Against Single-use Plastics

The Motovun Film Festival, which runs from July 23 to July 27, is joining the global action ‘Plastic Free July’, aiming to raise awareness of the harms of single-use plastics, their permanent environmental pollution, and the consequences for living organisms, reports HRTurizam on July 11, 2019.

A simple calculation of last year’s Motovun festival brought some interesting results. The plastic cups that were used each day could build a tower higher than the Motovun hill, which stands at an unbelievable 277 meters above sea level!

Thus, with this year's slogan “Don’t throw our cups away“, the Motovun Film Festival will encourage caterers to pick up cups, straws and plastic utensils during the event. Those engaging in action will be labeled 'PLASTIC FREE', and visitors will be invited to support the caterers in action. Single-use plastic cups will be replaced by reusable ones, which visitors will be able to return for money back or keep as a souvenir.

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Greenpeace Croatia is a partner of the festival, whose representatives will host a series of workshops and lectures about the ’shackles of plastic’. 

Their representatives will attend a lecture on Thursday, July 25 at 18:30 to speak about the harmful effects of plastic and, in particular, the microbiology on the environment and life in general, the scale of pollution with all future implications, and solutions for the prevention of further pollution, as well as the ways each individual can actively participate in the promotion of rational and environmentally conscious use of plastics. At that time, activist Marko Capek will use his example of how he completely removed plastics from his life, and will also hold a workshop for making harmless deodorants and sunblocks.

Also on Saturday, July 27, at 18:30, Goran Zgrablić, a chef, sommelier and laser physicist, will hold a mini-course for cooking without waste, after which all the participants will prepare a meal together. 

Within two years, a ban on single-use plastics will be incorporated into the laws of the EU countries and the actions that are currently being undertaken as pioneering efforts will become mandatory.

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Motovun Film Festival Starts

ZAGREB, July 25, 2018 - The 21st Motovun Film Festival opened in Motovun in Istria County on Tuesday evening with a screening of Polish director Pawel Maslona's debut Panic Attack, which explores dramatic moments in the lives of several unlucky characters.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Motovun Film Festival to Partner with Berlin

ZAGREB, April 12, 2018 - The 21st Motovun Film Festival (MMF) will be held from 24 to 28 July this year and instead of a partner country, Berlin will be the partner, and films, artists, pictures and sounds of that city will be presented in the picturesque Istrian town this year.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

The 20th Motovun Film Festival Starts in 10 Days

From 25-29 July 2017, more than hundred films will be screened in the picturesque Istrian village of Motovun.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Countdown to Motovun Film Festival: Early Bird Ticket Sets Now on Sale

Motovun Film Festival is all grown up!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Hidden Film Screenings at Secret Locations Around Zagreb

The first rule of hidden screenings: you do not talk about hidden screenings. The second rule of hidden screenings: you do not talk about hidden screenings.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

As Pula Closes, Motovun Film Festival 2015 Begins

Motovun is once more the centre of Istrian film attention.

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