Our feature, double BHFFNYC and BAFTA award-winning documentary, ”Finding Family” premiered at this year’s Festival of Tolerance – JFF Zagreb which was dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Schindler’s List. Festival symbolically started with a video message and greeting by Stephen Spielberg in which he addressed President of the festival Mr Bruno Lusting and film festival guests.
The honorary screening of the film “Schindler’s List” was shown at Kino Europa, and was attended by Ralph Fiennes and other respectable guests. An exhibition of photographs from the set of “Schindler’s List”, courtesy of Universal, was held, for the first time in Croatia.
VIDEO: Part of the Stephen Spielberg’s video message to President of the Festival, Mr Bruno Lustig and festival guests:
Bruno Lustig, known for Schindler’s List (1993), Gladiator (2000) and American Gangster (2007), emphasised that the main focus of this year’s festival was tolerance, as well as the meaning of tolerance within the framework of suffering and the struggle for life.
The seven festival days have included over 70 documentary, short and feature-length films including “Victor Young Perez” by Jaques Ouaniche, “Aftermath” by Wladyslaw Pasikowski, as well as documentary films Radical Evil by Oscar winner Stefan Ruzowitzky, ‘Night Will Fall’ by Andre Singer and double BAFTA award-winning ”Finding Family” by Chris Leslie and Oggi Tomic.
Apart from the film program announced for Kino Europa and Kino Tuškanac (18th-24th May), Nataša Popović, Festival Director, presented the abundant side events throughout the entire month of May. The exhibition ‘Art Against Oblivion’ by one of the most prominent artist dealing with the theme of the Holocaust – Adolf Frankl already opened on 5th May. The display is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia and the city of Zagreb.
VIDEO: Liam Neeson’s video message to festival guests:
As part of a symbolic commemoration of the seven places in the city of Zagreb where deportations of innocent victims took place, the Festival also organised an event for street artist on 14th May called “Street Art Against Oblivion”. The aim of the event was to honour the innocent victims and encourage today’s youth to actively participate in making changes and preventing similar horrors from ever happening again.
This year’s new addition to the Festival was the Festival Market; an innovative program designed as a space of communication of renowned European and world film festivals. As a part of the Festival Market of 8th Festival of tolerance – JFF Zagreb, relevant Croatian and international film festival, representatives, festival materials and special screenings have been presented to Croatian audience. The festivals featured this year are: IDFA from Amsterdam, Helsinki DOC POINT, Let’CEE from Vienna, Rolling Film Festival Kosovo, Sarajveo Film Festival and Pula Film Festival.
VIDEO: ”Finding Family” producer, Garret Tankosic Kelly talks to the festival about the film.
PHOTO: Gallery of images from the festival including guests Rade Serbedzija and Ralph Fiennes.
Watch ”Finding Family” trailer here
source: JFF Film Festival