The Free Zone Film Festival will take place in Belgrade, Nis and Novi Sad between 1st and 6th November, and will present the ground-breaking feature and documentary films.
One of the films that will be screened at the festival is a musical documentary called ‘Chavela’, directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi and starring Pedro Almodovar, Elena Benarroch and Miguel Bose. The film talks about the celebrated Mexican folk singer, Chavela Vargas who was the first female singer in Latin America to wear ponchos and trousers during her performances. She was admired by men and women equally, and was also known as a mistress of the famous painter Frida Kahlo. Pedro Almodovar used Chavela’s music as soundtrack in many of his films.
‘Gaza Surf Club’, directed by Philip Gnadt and Mickey Yamine, is another film with great soundtrack. Filmed in the shadow of the conflict between the Israeli Army and Hamas, the film talks about Gaza’s youth who are drawn to their beaches. Weary of the daily “state of emergency” they seek meaning and perspective to their lives through surfing.
‘The Divine Order’, directed by Petra Biondina Volpe, is a Swiss candidate for the 2018 Oscar, and it is a humorous story of Nora, a young wife, mother and housewife from a small village in the Swiss Alps who is fighting for women’s rights in Switzerland, in the early 1970s. Up until 1971, women in Switzerland were not allowed to vote, and all the way until 1988, they were allowed to get jobs only with a prior written permission from their husbands.
The tickets for the film ‘Liberation Day’, which is officially going to open this year’s Free Zone, can already be bought in Eventim, Sava Centre and the Novi Sad Cultural Centre. The tickets for other films will go on sale on 23rd October at the box offices of the cinemas in which they will be screened.
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