Discover new award-winning feature films at the Motovun Film Festival

Every summer, the Motovun Film Festival brings thousands of moviegoers to a historic hilltop village in the heart of Istria for open-air screenings in the main square, presentations and lots of parties. This year is in full swing and runs until Saturday, July 30.

Some 20 major feature films and dozens of short films are screened against the atmospheric backdrop of Motovun’s main square and quaint little cinemas. Among the highlights are sky boyan Egyptian drama set in a prestigious theological college involving a religious and political power struggle, and Dress of Gems, a missing person mystery in which three women from the Mexican countryside fight against a cartel. Both films were released this year and both won awards at top European festivals, respectively a best screenplay award at Cannes and a silver bear in Berlin.

Also pay attention to war pony, another 2022 release and winner of Best Debut at Cannes, a coming-of-age tale that follows two Lakota boys as they search for meaning on a reservation in South Dakota. Recently winner of the Oscar for best documentary, soul summer (2021) features the seminal festival that took place in Harlem in 1969, largely ignored at the time with all the hype surrounding Woodstock.

With Sweden as this year’s partner nation, Ingmar Bergman’s groundbreaking psychological drama Character (1966) is screened, featuring a young nurse and her patient actress isolated in a cottage by the sea whose personalities begin to merge.

Inaugurated in 1999, the Motovun Film Festival originally aimed to highlight the works of small studios and independent filmmakers in Croatia. Over the years it has become a prestigious international showcase, attracting filmmakers such as Paul Thomas Anderson and Ken Russell.

Many flock to the modest town for the five-day event and accommodation is usually very expensive. Check the festival website for more details on accommodation, tickets and Planning.

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