The 28th International Film Festival to Open in Ljubljana on 8 November
In total, 97 full-length and 17 short-length films will be shown during the festival. The theme of the festival in 2017 is devoted to the French Crimes and Yugoslavia in 1967.
The 28th Ljubljana International Film Festival will open in the ‘Cankarjev Dom’ Palace of Culture with the film by Italian director Luca Guadagnino ‘Call Me by Your Name’.
The PERSPECTIVES Section will feature the Dutch film ‘Quality Time’ directed by Daan Bakker, the Chinese film ‘The Summer Is Gone’ by Zhang Dalei, the UK & French film ‘I Am Not a Witch’ by Rungano Nyoni (Zambia), and the Slovenian film ‘Men Don’t Cry” by Alen Drljević. In 2017, the list of contesting films will also include ‘Requiem for Mrs J.’ starring the actress, winner of the last year’s Liff Festival, Mirjana Karanović (the director and the main character in ‘Good Wife’).
The AVANTPREMIERES Section is usually of the greatest interest among the public. This year, it will include three Slovenian films: ‘The Family’ by Rok Biček, ‘Slovenia, Australia and Tomorrow the World’ by Marko Naberšnik, and ‘Ivan’ by Janez Burger.
The rest preliminary premieres of this section are ‘The Shape of Water’ by Guillermo Del Toro, the Cannes Film Festival award-winning film for Best Director ‘Custody’ by Xavier Legrand, ‘On Body and Soul’ by Ildiko Enyedi, which was awarded the Grand Prix of Berlin Film Festival, as well as the film ‘Suburbicon’ produced by the Coen brothers and directed by George Clooney.
The FOCUS Section this year is devoted to French Crime. It will feature the newest films produced in the last few years. The Head of the Festival Simon Popek singled out among them the film ‘Thousand Cuts’ directed by Eric Valette and ‘Marseille’ by Olivier Panchot.
According to the Head of the Festival, 1967 was the golden period of Yugoslav cinema. Eleven films that were released that year will be shown under the section HOMMAGE: MAGICAL ’67. This section will feature ‘The Birch Tree’ by Ante Babaja, ‘Stronghold of Toughs’ by Jože Pogačnik, ‘On Paper Wings’ by Matjaž Klopčič, and ‘When I Am Dead and Gone’ by Živojin Pavlović.
The festival will end on 19 November with a film from the Kings & Queens section—’The Party’ directed by Sally Potter.