6 to 15 June in Setúbal, Portugal
Throughout 10 days, 188 films, from more than 40 countries, will be screened in Setúbal, at the Fórum Luísa Todi, the Auditório Municipal Charlot and the Auditório José Afonso.
The homaged country is Germany, and there are 35 German films in this edition – 21 features and 14 shorts. “STATIONS OF THE CROSS”, by Dietrich Bruggemann, presented at the latest Berlin Film Festival and winner of the Silver Bear for Best Script and of the FIPRESCI Prize, will have the honour of being the opening film at the Fórum Luisa Todi.
But since it is a double session, “BANKLADY”, by Christian Alvart, which is part of the “Based On” showcase, will be the second film to be screened on the night of the handing out of the Crystal Dolphin. At the Auditório Charlot, the films being shown are “LIFE’S NO PIECE OF CAKE”, by André Erkau, followed by “OH BOY”, by Jan Ole Gerstner. This will definitely be the night of good German cinema.
The thematic showcase of this edition, the biggest ever, includes 20 European features.
Based On is its name and the films are based on true stories or novels. A strong showcase to which no one will be indifferent. The two episodes of tv mini series “O Segredo de Miguel Zuzarte”, written by Mário Ventura, will be part of this section.
There will be 45 films in competition, divided between the Official Section, the First Works and the Man and His Environment competitive sections.
With a very strong selection, the Official Section features the Portuguese co-production “DIAMANTES NEGROS”, as well as other contendants like IN ORDER OF DISAPEARANCE, the once again brings together Hans Petter Moland and Stellan Skarsgård, who won 4 Dolphins in 2010, including Best Film. And this time they teamed up with Swiss actor Bruno Ganz. Another winner of several awards at Festroia is Dome Karukoski, who comes from Finland to present his latest film “HEART OF A LION”, with a moving and current theme.
This year's Official Section will feature the unusual European Western “THE DARK VALLEY”, a co-production between Austria and Germany. Two other comedies (besides “IN ORDER OF DISAPEARANCE”) will try to break the ice in a powerful and sometimes dramatic section: “CUPCAKES”, an Israeli parody of the Eurovision Song Contest, and Vinko Bresan's “THE PRIEST’S CHILDREN”, from Croatia.
For the youngest, Festroia has programmed more films and the Youth Panorama is made up of 7 features that will be screened on the last weekend of the Festival.
The Kids Panorama features 7 shorts that will delight the little ones on the morning of the 10th and of the 12th, at the Auditório Charlot. Kindergartens should make a reservation for these free sessions.
To celebrate its 30 years, the festival invited only Dolphin winners for the Official Jury. And the juries are:
JOS STELLING (The Netherlands) – Career Achievement Dolphin
SHEMI ZHARIN (Israel) – Gold Dolphin for Best Film and Silver Dolphin for Best Script
INGVAR SIGURDSSON (Iceland) – Silver Dolphin for Best Actor
MONIKA HILMEROVA (Czech Republic) – Silver Dolphin for Best Actress
ANCA DAMIAN (Romania) – Silver Dolphin for the Jury Special Prize
KAREL FAIRAISL (Czech Republic) – Silver Dolphin for Best Cinematography
This year, the festival pays tribute to Portuguese producer Paulo Branco, known as “cinema man”, who produced more than 270 films internationally.
Festroia presents a small showcase of his choice.