Emir Kusturica Fest to Feature Masterclasses by Asghar Farhadi, Paolo Sorrentino

Fabrizio Maltese
Asghar Farhadi

The intimate film and music event in January, hosted by the Yugoslav-born director in a Serbian mountain village, will also bring out Francois Ozone.

Emir Kusturica's international film and music festival Kustendorf 2014 kicks off its 7th edition on Jan. 18.

The Yugoslav-born director's festival, hosted at the wooden, medieval-style village he built as his home and a venue to host friends and events at Mokra Gora, high on a rural hillside near Belgrade, Serbia, is dedicated to future filmmakers and those who are already acclaimed for their unique style.

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A small, boutique-style event, this year 20 films are in competition for the Golden Egge, given to a young film director for the use of "new and original cinematographic language."

Top directors and actors who will present movies and give masterclasses this year include French director François OzonAsghar Farhadi (Iran), Paolo Sorrentino (Italy), Alexandros Avranas (Greece), Yury Bykov (Russia) and Calin Peter Netzer (Romania).

French actress Berenice Bejo, and Janusz Kaminski, Stephen Spielberg's cinematographer since 1993, are also among the guest stars of this year’s festival.

International musicians will play at the festival every evening, warming up the atmosphere for festival-goers. This year the French group Zaz are among the special guests to play.

Kusturica will also play guitar with his group, No Smoking Orchestra.

Kustendorf runs Jan. 18-23, 2014.