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Rassegna di cinema dai Balcani Occidentali 17-20 novembre 2014

Dal 17 al 20 Novembre arriva alla 50 Giorni di cinema Internazionale la 3a edizione del Balkan Florence Express, organizzato da Oxfam Italia in partnership con Fondazione sistema Toscana e Festival dei Popoli, film dai Balcani Occidentali.  Fiore all’occhiello del festival sono la presentazione de I ponti di Sarajevo, film collettivo firmato tra gli altri da Jean Luc Godard, Leonardo di Costanzo, Aida Begić e Cristi Puiu, presentato all’ultimo festival di Cannes, e la presenza a Firenze della star del cinema Balcanico, Jasmila Zbanić, autrice de Il segreto di Esma, Orso d’oro a Berlino 2006, che porterà nella sala dell’Odeon ben due film: in anteprima italianaLOVE ISLAND, commedia ambientata in un resort in un isola croata e il suo For those who can tell no tales, un film scritto insieme all’attrice e performer australiana Kym Vercoe e Love Island . Film e ospiti importanti che testimoniano la nascita di una Nouvelle Vague balcanica. Oltre ai film citati,dalla Serbia arriverà il vincitore della settimana della critica a Venezia 2014,  Figlio di Nessuno (Nijece Dete), di Vuk Ršumović e un eccezionale thriller, Redemptionstreet(Ustanička Ulica) firmato da Miroslav Terzić con Rade Šerbedžija. Protagonista del festival di quest’anno è anche la Slovenia, dopo che lo scorso anno aveva vinto la settimana della critica a Venezia con Class Enemy di Rok Biček. La Croazia, il Kosovo e la Macedonia saranno presenti con film estremamente interessanti, che dimostrano una maturità e una creatività di alto livello.

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Closing night, Award Ceremony


RFF #4 was closed on the 23rd of October. The event started at 20h, with the “Gypsy Spirit” documentary film, after that there was the concert from “Gipsy Groove”, after a break our Artistic Director, Sami Mustafa came to stage to announce the winners from the Categories:
- Best Cikore Filmja
- Best Balkan Film
- Best International Film


The winner for the “Best Balkan Window”  is “Put- The Road” by Milica Stojanov from Novi Sad, Serbia.

“Put- The Road” won with 4.09 % of the total votes from the audience.


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An introduction from the Artistic Director, Sami Mustafa

In recent years international media have brought attention to the Gypsy roots (English-Roma) of one of cinema’s greatest icons, Charlie Chaplin. To mark the 100th year anniversary of his first film, the fourth edition of Rolling Film Festival will open with a screening of “The Kid”, Chaplin’s first feature-length film. Regardless of the issues that are faced by Roma communities in every day life, this edition of the festival is inspired by character-driven stories that go beyond the concept of characterizing an individual as “being Roma”. These movies provide us with greater insight in to the personal stories of the people involved on a basic human level.

The categorization of people has become a normalized concept, with many groups being created based on characteristics such as: skin color, race, religion, ethnicity, culture, socio-economic background and so on.

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Cikore Filmja/Short Films: Film Workshops of Rolling Film Festival Have StartedCikore Filmja/Short Films:

Film Workshops of Rolling Film Festival Have Started

The first film workshop called “Cikore Filmja” was organized last week, with the participation of 17 young Roma people from all over Kosovo as part of an initiative taking place alongside Rolling Film Festival since 2011.

More Raça, the Rolling Film Festival Coordinator discussed with the participants methods of filmmaking and visual storytelling with youth while Faton Mustafa has introduced the basics of filmmaking. Raça is a well-known director whose film “AMEL” recently won seven prizes all over the world in addition to two special mentions, while Faton is an independent filmmaker who has collaborated with Balkan Sunflowers and Romawood on many film projects.

Sefer Bejzak, one of the participants, said that he is very happy to be offered such an opportunity to learn the basics of how to make a good short movie, especially when it comes to transmitting a social message. Ersan Berisha, also a participant, says that after the lectures he had in this workshop he is would like to try directing a movie too.

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