On the fourth day of the Ponta Lopud Festival, three masterclasses were held in all categories: a directing masterclass by Oscar winner Joel Coen moderated by Ognjen Glavonić, an acting masterclass by Oscar winner Frances McDormand moderated by Lili Horvát, Monika Lenczewska’s masterclass for cinematographers moderated by Nanu Segal, while Juho Kuosmanen gave a lecture for directors.
Lili Horvát is an award-winning Hungarian director and screenwriter, whose second feature film, Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time, premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in 2020. The film was also shown at film festivals in Toronto and Busan and won major awards worldwide.
Monika Lenczewska is a cinematographer based in Europe and the US and has been recognized by Variety as one of the best 10 cinematographers. She recently completed the feature City of Lies, directed by Brad Furman and starring Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker, as well as Danny Boyle’s FX series Trust. The latter got her a 2019 nomination for Best Cinematography from the Polish Cinematographers’ Association.
Festival guests enjoyed the trip on the Karaka ship, made after the original, traditional 16th-century ship. It was a great opportunity to experience the beauty of a medieval sailing ship, enjoy the view of Dubrovnik city walls from the sea, take some unique photos and enjoy the rich flavours of the Mediterranean cuisine.
The evening began with a concert of film music given by the celebrated composer Antonija Pacek in St. Nicholas church, where she performed compositions from her new album, Seasons of Life. The concert was also enjoyed by the masters of the festival.
In the last night’s film program, the screening of A Serious Man by the Coen brothers was shown on the La Baja beach of RMH Lopud Lafodia Resort & Wellness. The film tells a story set at a place just like the Coen brothers grew up in. Extremely suggestive and thoughtful directing, focus on odd characters, bizarre settings, absurd situations, extraordinary realistic dialogues, great performances and witty exploration of fatalism and attitudes towards religion and God, are all characteristics of this black humour existential drama, which was nominated for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Motion Picture and Best Original Screenplay, the Golden Globe for Best Film and the BAFTA for Best Screenplay.
The fourth evening of the festival ended at the Obala restaurant in Lopud, where guest chef Branimir Tomašić from Mala Hiža restaurant and host chef Ivo Frka presented their culinary skills to the filmmakers. The event is part of the Ponta Lopud Gourmet program in cooperation with Gault & Millau Croatia, with award-winning top Croatian chefs cooking for filmmakers and festival guests in Lopud restaurants.
Photos: John Pavlish, Katarina Radonić