Italian actress Monica Bellucci officially opened the 45th FEST in Sava Centre on Friday. The biggest film festival in Southeast Europe will last for ten days and will close on 5th March.
“Dear Belgrade, the festival is open”, Bellucci said in the Serbian language, adding that it was her honour to had visited Serbia on so many occasions and to work with a great director like Emir Kusturica.
She also said that the time she spent in Serbia was a lovely and exceptional experience and she thanked the people in Serbia for the love they showed and the warm atmosphere she encountered.
At the opening ceremony, which was hosted by Dragana Micalovic and Slaven Doslo, the celebrated Spanish film director Carlos Saura was awarded with the Belgrade Victor for his contribution to the film industry. He said that he was sorry for not knowing a word of Serbian, which he called “a beautiful yet difficult language to learn”, and expressed his wish to come to Belgrade again.
“I have made 40 films so far, I have seven sons, and as far as I am concerned my life is fulfilled”, the famous Spanish film director said.
Around 40 renowned filmmakers will participate in FEST and it has been estimated that close to 100,000 people will attend the festival. A total of 95 films will be screened during the festival at various locations in the city – Sava Centre, the main hall of the Belgrade Cultural Centre, Dom Omladine, Cineplexx at the USCE shopping mall, the Fontana cinema and two buildings of the Yugoslav Film Archives (in Uzun Mirkova and Kosovska streets). The prices of tickets range from 300 to 500 dinars.
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