29. June 2021. pontalopud

Oscar-winner Danis Tanović and Mexican director Michel Franco arrive at Ponta Lopud Festival

In addition to the celebrated director Pawel Pawlikowski, who will give a masterclass as part of the first Ponta Lopud Festival, another two great directors have confirmed their arrival at the Festival – Oscar-winner Danis Tanović from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and one of the most important independent filmmakers and author of a striking and recognizable cinematic language, Mexican director Michel Franco.

Both Tanović and Franco will be available to all participants of the Ponta Lopud film masterclass for discussions about film in informal gatherings during their stay on Lopud, which further confirms Lopud as a true gathering spot for renowned and new filmmakers.

Danis Tanović was born in 1969 in Zenica. His famous film “No Man’s Land” won the Best Screenplay Award at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2002. The film won 42 awards in total, which made it one of the most awarded debut films in the history of filmography. His further two films, “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker” and “Death in Sarajevo“, were awarded the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2013 and 2016 respectively. He currently lives and works in Sarajevo, where he teaches directing at the Academy of Performing Arts. He has just recently finished shooting his latest feature film “Deset u pola” (“Ten in Half”), set in the heart of Sarajevo’s historic market Baščaršija.

Michel Franco, born in 1979 in Mexico City, has put Mexican cinema in the focus of attention around the world. The films he has written, directed and produced include “Chronic” (Best Screenplay Award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival), “Las Hijas de Abril” / “Daughters of April” (Jury Award of the “Un Certain Regard” Section at the Cannes Film Festival 2017) and “Después de Lucía” / “After Lucia” (the main award of the “Un Certain Regard” section at the Cannes Film Festival 2012). Among the films he produced are “600 Millas” (directed by Gabriel Ripstein, winner of the Best Debut Film Award at the 2015 Berlinale) and “From Afar” (directed by Lorenzo Vigas, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival 2015). The plot of his latest film “Nuevo Orden“, which began showing this spring, is set in dystopian Mexico City.

Both directors are winners of the special “Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award” of the Sarajevo Film Festival. Danis Tanović received it in 2014, while Franco received it last year at the 26th Sarajevo Film Festival, where he was also honoured by a retrospective of his films during the festival’s “Tribute to” section.

Ponta Lopud Festival is organized in cooperation with the Sarajevo Film Festival, more precisely, the CineLink festival program.


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