'Ant-Man,' 'Minions' and Adam Sandler's 'Pixels' Set for Croatia's Pula Film Festival


British director Stephen Daldry will take time out from shooting Netflix's $200 million series 'The Crown' to present a gala screening of 'Trash' in the city's 7,500-seat Roman ampitheater.

The 62nd edition of Croatia's Pula film festival is adding Hollywood blockbusters and star power to its program next month.

The ex-Yugoslav country's national film showcase in mid-July will also be the venue for local premieres of Hollywood summer blockbusters, including Minions, Adam Sandler's Pixels, Terminator: Genisys and Ant-Man.

Four-time Oscar nominee Stephen Daldry, currently filming Netflix's $200 million series The Crown, will also present Universal's Trash in the ancient port city's 7,500-seat Roman amphitheater.

The well-preserved ruins — a smaller version of Rome's famous Colosseum — serves as a key festival venue. Trash was a big winner for the British director at last year's Rome IFF following the U.K.-Brazilian film's world premiere in Rio de Janeiro early October.

Daldry is also in town to honor longtime collaborator Ivana Primorac — a Hollywood-based Croatian hair and makeup designer best known for her work on Lord of The Rings, Billy Elliot, The Reader and most recently Werner Herzog's Nicole Kidman starrer Queen of the Desert — whose work is subject of a Pula fest retrospective.

The festival's Croatian competition program of 14 features and 16 shorts includes Cannes Un Certain Regard jury prize winner The High Sun by Dalibor Matanic.

Trash will compete with Lithuanian teen lesbian love drama, The Summer of Sangalie (directed by Alante Kavaite), and Yorgos Lanthimos' controversial Greek-British dark romantic comedy The Lobster.

British producer Mike Downey, a Pula selector and member of the festival's artistic board, told The Hollywood Reporter that "the overall standard of films submitted" for the national competition was a "vast improvement on 2014."