Forteca International Film Festival Perast Montenegro,
between 8-12th August 2021, at Perast municipality cinema Kotor and later in FIFFP 2021 tour in three cities in Montenegro, and Balkan region.
PROGRAM at Torg PERAST and Museum Perast:
Snälla Kriminella/Most Unwanted
Sweden, 2021, comedy, 90’, Swedish with English subtitles
Two losers try to become criminals to solve their problems. One of them, MC Baboo, struggles to become a rapper but needs street-cred to compensate for his bad rap skills. The other, Sasan, has been dumped, fired and needs quick cash to give his dying dog an expensive surgical procedure. They decide to commit a series of robberies to solve their problems with fast cash and gaining respect on the streets. They soon have both the police and dangerous gangsters at their heels and after accidentally falling into debt to the underworld, they are forced to step up their game to pull off one final, daring heist. They intend to rob a famous comedian to avoid paying with their lives.
Director: Sara Young
Production company: Story Studio One
Cast: Simon Garshasebi, Babak Yousefi, Lisbeth Johansson, Roshi Hoss, Johan Glans, Sanna Bråding
Σαρμάκο: Μια ιστορία του Βορρά/SARMAKO – A Tale of the North
Greece, 2020, drama, music, 115’, Greekwith English subtitle
Thessaloniki, October 1949. The Greek Civil War is supposedly over, but its impact is still felt by the people and a great divide exists between them. Antonis, the owner of the tavern “Makedonikon,” stays neutral and tries to distance himself from politics. But dreadful news summons his most feared childhood experience. While the war, the decade and a whole epoch come to an end, the band of musicians play their last classic rembetika songs. And for Antonis the time for revenge has come.
Director: Marco Papadopoulos
Producer: Marco Papadopoulos
Cast: Alexandros Nikolaidis, Christina Dagaki, Dimitris Krikos, Nikos Polozianis, Ilias Berberis, Nikos Korexianos, Konstantinos Gaitatzis, Vaso Vasiliadou, Alekos Tsolakis
Sweden, 2020, drama, 94’, Swedish with English subtitles
After a divorce, Alice hasn’t seen her children in two months as she awaits a custody verdict. When her son calls her in the middle of the night, Alice takes action, abducting the children on an illicit charter trip to the Canary Islands.
Director: Amanda Kernell
Production company: Det Danske Filminstitut, Eurimages, Film i Västerbotten
Cast: Ane Dahl Torp, Sverrir Gudnason, Troy Lundkvist
The Perfect Patient /Quick
Sweden, 2019, crime, drama, thriller, 132’, Swedish with English subtitles
The captivating story of Sweden’s greatest judicial scandal ever, about one man who sacrificed everything in his hunt for the truth.
Director: Mikael Håfström
Production company: Brain Academy, Film i Väst, Nordisk Film
Cast: Jonas Karlsson, David Dencik, Alba August
Producer: Helena Danielsson
L’Ultimo Whisky con il Cappellaio Matto
2020, short film, Italy, 15’, director Nello Petrucci
What would happen if Alice found the Mad Hatter after many years? An unusual meeting where time has been out of the clock for quite a while…
Production Company: Satyr M.B. production
Producer: Nello Petrucci
Cast: Titti Nuzzolesi, Ciro Cascina, Beniamino Brogi, Bret Roberts
Minja i klimatske promjene/ Minja and climate change
2020, short film, Montenagro, 4’37’’, director Zoran Markovic
The little girl Minja, unlike her parents – whose interests are far from this problem, points to the negative effect of climate change in her city and country. She knows that people need to take more care on the protection of the natural environment.
Production Company: Green Home
Producer: Zoran Markovic
2019, documentary, Kenya, 19’, director Wesley Shrum
True story of a missionary couple who move to the Rift Valley in Africa and adopt nine Kenyan teenagers–in addition to six of their own!
The best part? A great recipe for homemade pizza!
Production company: Liars and Madmen
Producer: Wesley Shrum, Matthew Harsh, Mark Schafer
2020, documentary, Montenegro, 15’33’’, directorBranislav Milatović
The film follows a man who, despite the unusual circumstances, does his job with great care and love…
Production company: Bitter Frames Production
Producer: Đorđe Vojvodić, Branislav Milatović
2020, short film, Iran, 10’, director Elika Abdollahi
A fascinating drama about not everyone is trustworthy. The social issue movie centers around a poor woman.
Production Company: Iranian Youth Cinema Society Film School
Producer: Elika Abdollahi
Cast: Mina Hamedan
2019, short film, USA, 5’, directorEddie Shieh
A young couple walk a fine line while thriving in an open marriage until they catch each other breaking the rules.
Production Company: Red Rope Productions, L Train Down Production
Producer: Eddie Shieh, Josephine Huang
Cast: Josephine Huang, Vin Kridakorn, Kira McCarthy, Jude Severin
Sweden, 2020, drama, 95’, Swedish, French, English with English subtitles
24 year old Johan spends his days in Nice on the French Riviera, supported by an aging ex-actress. Days go by between her house, the beaches and the apartment of his friend Kurt. A life in leisure and luxury.But memories of Johan’s teenage years are haunting him. A strong sense of threat is growing stronger and stronger. Desire and fear are acted out by the controlled but helpless people in this seemingly perfect and glamorous world.
Director: Anders Lennberg
Production company: Pool Productions AB
Cast: David Asavanond, Moa Garpendal, Niclas Gillis
Mannen som lekte med elden/The Man Who Played with Fire
Sweden, 2018, documentary-drama, 99’, Swedish with English subtitles
A documentary about the Millenium-trilogy author Stieg Larsson and pioneering work of fighting with extremists and neo_Nazis, an obsession with fatal consequences.
Director: Henrik Georgsson
Production company: B-Reel Films, C More Entertainment
Cast: Emil Almén, Johan Eriksson, Magnus Höqqvist
2020, short film, SLOVENIA, 15’05’’, director Barbara Zemljič
At home, Vida cares for her ailing father whose dementia gives way to long buried emontional conflicts Vida has spent her lifetime running from. When young Zaria is Vida’s office at school the next day, Vida immediately recognizes in the young girl the same telltale signs from her own childhood, but is it too late now for either of them — has the damage already been done?
Production Company: Blade Production
Producer: Zoran Dzeverdarovic
Kada sam kod kuće/When I’m at Home
2020, short film, Serbia, 16’, director Ivana Todorovic
A young woman returns home from abroad after several years to confront the trauma of sexual assault from her past.The silent witnesses of her trauma still live with the old lies. Are they brave enough for the truth?
Production Company: Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade and Blok Film
Producer: Ivana Todorovic
Cast: Milica Stefanović, Dragana Varagić, Radoje Cupić, Sara Dinić
2020, short film, USA, 7’08’’, director Kami Sadraei
An ordinary psychotherapy session takes a shocking turn.
Production Company: KAMI PRODUCTIONS
Producer: Kami Sadraei
Cast: Kami Sadraei, Eric Robert
2019, documentary, Ukraine, 70’, director Sergii Dolbilov
Every boxing fan knows this name
Vasily Lomachenko or LOMA
The best boxer of the 21st century
He’s won anything and everything possible
Both in amateur boxing
And in a professional one
And he is grateful for this to his coach
He’s learnt a lot in life
To be strong and help the weak
To believe, to love, to conquer
And he is grateful for this to his father.
Vasily dreams that his father’s name will forever remain in history
Production Company: Kinomedia & Videoboxing
Producer: Sergii Dolbilov, Vald Panchenko, Oles Malyarevich
Петя на моята Петя/Petya of my Petya
Bulgaria, 2020, drama, 93’, Bulgarianwith English subtitle
Grieving due to injustice in school, betrayed by her closest people, 17 year-old Petya commits suicide. This happens to the talented poetess Petya Dubarova in 1979. This also happens in 2019 to a regular girl, also named Petya. Different times, different girl, the System which does not tolerate different ones remains the same.
Director: Alexander Kossev
Production Company: BOF Pictures LTD
Cast: Alexandra Kostova, Alissa Atanasova, Albena Pavlova, Julian Vergov, Monyo Monev, Alena Vergova, Yasen Atanasov, Martin Metodiev, Emil Markov, Alexander Milchev
Vtora Sansa/Second Chance
North Macedonia, Serbia, 2016, drama, 79’, Macedonian with English subtitle
Second Chance interweaves three stories of three women living in the same apartment complex, creating a kaleidoscopic observation of the unique experience of being a mother and the self-sacrifice involved in bringing life into this world. Each one of these women is trying to find meaning in her existence during the absurd and meaningless times on the verge of civil war in Macedonia. Each of them faces their own demons while trying to preserve their humanity.
Director: Marija Dzidzeva
Production Company: Small Moves
Cast: Natalija Teodosieva, Daniela Ivanovska, Mirjana Karanovic, Dancho Chevrevski, Deniz Abdula
Οι Μη Χαμένες Πατρίδες/The Unlost Homeland
Greece, 2020, documentary, 131’, Greek, English with English subtitle
“The UnLost Homeland” follows the story of 12 Greeks from Constantinople who lived through the Istanbul pogrom of 1955 in Turkey.
It is notorious in modern history as the only pogrom of such magnitude to have taken place during peacetime. The camera lens together with the presenter transport us to the stories of all the refugees who were forced to leave their country as well as of one Turk who is in self-exile. These are the stories of everyday people who were brutally uprooted.
How did Turkey manage to eradicate all these minorities? What truly happened in these genocides that have been so masterfully silenced?
Who were the Greeks of Istanbul really? How did they continue the Byzantine legacy? How did they manage to keep intact their language, their religion and their identity for 500 years after the fall of Constantinople?
How did they interact with the other minorities (Armenians / Jews) of the city? Where were they on the night of the pogrom? What was their education, their relationship with the Ecumenical Patriarchate, their everyday life, their cuisine?
The story of this elite society unfolds through these rare interviews.
Utilising fast-paced montage, and innovative animated text on screen, the viewer is transported to an imaginary table, where everyone is sitting together without knowing each other, answering and complementing each other. In the end it feels as if everybody is somehow related to one another. Through common memories and mutual pain these people are united by a unique and universal bond.
One of these Greeks returns home after 46 years with his grandson. Is his house still there? How does it feel to return to his birthplace?
Director: Eftychia Fragou Producer: Eftychia Fragou
Cast: Giannis Demirtzoglou, Emilios Eden, Anastasia Eden, Stavros Kaloumenos, Eleni Nioti, Giannis Ntokmetzioglou, Panagiotis Pantelidis, Marina Papaconstantinou, Andonis Parizianos
Dohvati Nebo/Reach For The Sky
Montenegro, 2021, drama, 89’, Montenegrin with English subtitle
Milutin, a middle-aged man, is fighting to save his family’s harmony, fighting not just the social and political circumstances, but also needs to deal with the fact that his wife Magdalena ended up in a wheelchair after a car crash in which she jumped in front of a car to save their son Jakov. Living in a countryside, Milutin and Magdalena prove that real love and respect have no obstacles, making this film a manifesto of real human values.
Director: Milutin Daric
Production: “Portun D” Cetinje
Cast: Milan Kovačević, Nada Vukčević, Maja Šarenac, Emir Ćatović, Mladen Nelević, Petar Božović, Ljubica Barać, Branimir Popović, Aleksandar Saša Petrović, Vanja Jovićević, Pavle Popović, Danilo Babović, Miodrag Manerik, Omar Bajramspahić, Miloš Pejović, Slaviša Grubiša, Davor Klisić, Petar Kažić