Bratislava Film Fest to Be Launched on November 9

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The main competition section is to be focused on first and second features.

MOSCOW – The 14thedition of the International Film Festival Bratislava is to kick off in the Slovak capital on Nov. 9, featuring competition sections for directors’ first and second movie, documentaries and shorts.

“The films [in the first and second feature competition] are different according to their thematic and stylistic characteristics,” Nenad Duki?, program coordinator, said in a statement. “However, what they have in common is the fact that they are sincere in their desire to convey a deeply personal stand and the author’s opinion, and that they are free in their use of the film language, meaning that they are not enslaved by conventions.”

Among the section’s highlights are Djeca (Children of Sarajevo), directed by Aida Begi? and co-produced by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, France and Turkey; Oh Boy by German director Jan Ole Gerster and Bojan Vuleti?’s Prakti?an vodi? kroz Beograd sa pevanjem i plakanjem(Practical Guide to Belgrade with Singing and Crying), co-produced by Serbia, Germany, France, Hungary and Croatia.

The non-competition sections include Cutting Edge, devoted to innovative and experimental films from around the world, Antidepressants, featuring films that “depict the reality of our world while accentuating positivism, solidarity and hope,” Made in Slovakia, devoted to local movies, and a retrospective of works by Serbian director Goran Paskaljevi?.

The winners in all competition sections are to be announced at the closing ceremony on Nov. 15.