25. June 2022. pontalopudfilm

Presentation of Compartment No. 6, selected by Frances McDormand

The third day of the Ponta Lopud Festival was kicked off with the morning “Recharge & Reset with Asja Petersen” session on the terrace of the RMH Lopud Lafodia Resort & Wellness. A series of relaxation exercises was a fantastic introduction to a day filled with interesting and inspiring Festival events.

 

In the morning hours a masterclass by multiple Oscar winner Frances McDormand was held, moderated by director Michel Franco. It was intended for actresses and actors from the region: Goran Bogdan, Dado Ćosić, Anja Matković, Jovana Stojiljković, Pavle Čemerikić, Amila Terzimehić, Sara Klimoska and Timon Šturbej. Due to the huge interest, it was also joined by the participants of directing and filming workshops as well as the students of the regional academies. It is the first time that students have participated in the Festival by attending lectures and learning from their more experienced colleagues and lecturers.

 

This year’s Ponta Lopud Festival was expanded with professional programs for female cinematographers. One of the long-term goals of Ponta Lopud is to contribute to gender equality in the film industry. In cooperation with the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC), this year’s Festival specially supports women cinematographers from Croatia. Theoretical and practical work has been organized with Monika Lenczewska, a cinematographer based in Europe and the US and recognized by Variety as one of the best cinematographers of 2016.

Masterclass participants were also successful cinematographers in their own right, Maja Radošević, Magdalena Ptiček, Eva Kraljević and Dubravka Kurobasa.

 

At the Festival’s screening program, Compartment No. 6, a feature film by Finnish director and this year’s acting and directing workshop lecturer Juho Kuosmanen was shown on the La Baja beach of the RMH Lopud Lafodia Resort & Wellness. While welcoming the audience, the director personally presented his film. He added that he was very pleased to participate in the Ponta Lopud Festival for the first time, especially because the film was selected by none other than Frances McDormand, the leading master of the Festival.

At the same time, a closed, exclusive screening of the documentary Navalny by Canadian director Daniel Roher was held in the fortress of the Franciscan Monastery – Lopud 1483. The documentary tells a story about the events surrounding the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and the subsequent investigation into the poisoning.

 

The third evening of the festival ended at the Dubrovnik restaurant on Lopud, where guest chef Deni Srdoč from the Nebo restaurant in Rijeka and host chef Vesko Šapić 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