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Croatian films hosted on international film festivals

Croatia has long been renowned as a hotspot among celebrities, from stars of the big screen like Richard Gere and Tom Cruise to famous athletes. However, interestingly, it actually has a shorter history than many other countries within Central Europe when it comes to the world of cinema. This image is definitely changing now that has Croatia officially become part of the EU.

To mark this momentous occasion, many cities around the world are celebrating Croatian film, showcasing the range of unique talent coming out of this beautiful place. Below we’ve collected just a few of the top festivals where Croatian cinema comes to the fore this year. It is also easy to search for affordable flights and accommodation to some of these places by going online.

Medfilm Festival, Rome

Just across the water from Croatia, it is not surprising that Italy pays homage to its neighbour at the Medfilm Festival running between 21 – 30 June. Featuring European and Mediterranean cinema, fourteen Croatian films allow a fascinating glimpse into the people and the culture that exist within a small yet vibrant country.

Arena amphitheatre in Pula, Croatia
Pula is best known for its many surviving ancient Roman buildings. The most famous is its first century amphitheatre Arena, sixth largest in the world. The amphitheatre is home to Pula Film Festival, held under open skies between 13-27 July, celebrating 60 years of existence this year.

Kino Croatia: New Films 2013, Los Angeles

American Cinematheque – which incorporates the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and the Aero in Santa Monica – is running this mini festival, Kino Croatia, over the weekend of 21 – 23 June. Films include Cooking for Hollywood, a unique insight into the life of Tony Kerum, a Croatian cinematographer who organises the catering for large Hollywood productions, plus family options such as The Mysterious Boy and Kotlovina, a drama about three sisters reuniting with their relatives. Overall this festival celebrates how much Croatian cinema has progressed since the first Kino Croatia more than 12 years ago.

International Film Festival, Berlin

In February of this year, Berlinale played host to many filmmakers and films from Croatia. World premieres included A Stranger, while Circles was a European premiere illustrating the strange connection between five people who experienced a tragedy. Co-production, Sofia’s Last Ambulance, was longlisted for Lola, the German version of an Oscar, and it will also show at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June.

Overall then, just like the country itself, Croatian cinema is gaining worldwide appeal at a historic moment in time for this wonderful land. Of course those who really want to step inside the culture could see films in the Croatian language at the Split Film Festival this September too.

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