On the fifth and final day of the Ponta Lopud Festival, three masterclasses were held in some of the most beautiful island locations – directing masterclass by Oscar winner Joel Coen moderated by Ognjen Glavonić, acting masterclass by Oscar winner Frances McDormand moderated by Danis Tanović, while Brian Swardstrom, one of the partners in United Talent Agency, which represents actors, many Oscar winners working in film, television and theatre, gave an interesting lecture with Peter Spears, Oscar-winning producer of Nomadland. Monika Lenczewska delivered a masterclass for female cinematographers, which was moderated by Nanu Segal. The masterclass was created in collaboration with the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC) and supports Croatian and regional female cinematographers. In this way, the Ponta Lopud Festival contributes to gender equality in the film Industry. Another special feature of this masterclass was the fact that cinematographers created some original content during the festival for the first time.
Since receiving her training as a cinematographer at the NFTS (UK), Nanu Segal has shot a wide range of feature films (most recently wrapping Emily for Frances O’Connor and Hoard for Luna Carmoon), as well as numerous short films, which have received many awards at film festivals across the globe (Cannes Cinefondation / BAFTA / Rhode Island). Nanu also worked as a cinematographer on the Oscar-winning film Bohemian Rhapsody.
Oscar winner Frances McDormand and other leading masters, lecturers and participants planted the second palm tree of the Ponta Lopud Festival in the charming Đorđić Mayneri Park and left a lasting mark on the island, as did the last year’s master Pawel Pawlikowski. Planting palm tree seedlings symbolises creating a deep connection among all participants, lecturers, moderators and masters, as well as a lasting link between the island and the Ponta Lopud Festival. This year’s participants will always have their own Lopud palm tree to remind them of masterclasses with Frances McDormand and Joel Coen that will unquestionably contribute to the success of their future projects and lead some of them to winning important film awards.
Festival guests enjoyed a cocktail party hosted by Viktor Dodig, a member of the Ponta Lopud Club. It was a great opportunity to marvel at the magnificent views bathed in the sunset from one of the most beautiful villas on the island.
On the last evening of the festival, the guests enjoyed film screenings at two locations. At the La Baja Beach of the RMH Lopud Hotel Lafodia Resort & Wellness, Burn After Reading, directed by the brothers Coen was shown, while the beautiful Franciscan monastery – Lopud 1483 served as the perfect backdrop for the music and film spectacle Birdman, with four-time Grammy Award winner Antonio Sanchez, who played the drum score live. To the delight of the audience, Sanchez gave a short solo concert on drums after the film, performing some of his most beautiful compositions.
The evening ended with the Last Dance party in the Rajski kutak Bindo on the Šunj beach, held under the auspices of the Sarajevo Film Festival and the Tourist Board of the Canton of Sarajevo. Elma Tataragić, selector at the Sarajevo Film Festival and Kenan Magoda, President of the Tourist Board of the Canton of Sarajevo, congratulated everyone on the successful realization of the Ponta Lopud Festival and invited all visitors to join them at the Sarajevo Film Festival this summer and to feel the incredible energy that will inspire them to come back again and again.
Photos: John Pavlish, Katarina Radonić