The premiere of The Tree at the film festival in Karlovy Vary
The festival is taking place between 4 and 12 July. Twelve debuts or other films will be shown in the East of West programme, intended for discovering the talents from Central and Eastern Europe. Two films from Hungary and Serbia and a single film from Azerbaijan, Albania, Poland, Estonia, Russia, Greece, the Czech Republic and Slovenia qualified for the selection. All of them are either world or international premieres. Slovenia is also the co‑producer of the Serbian film Barbarians by the director Ivan Ikić. The co‑producer is the Restart film company.
The Tree will compete in Europa Cinemas Label. The four Jury members, who are network exhibitors from Lithuania, Greece, Czech Republic and Belgium, will award one film among the 13 European films competing in both the Official and the East of the West selections.
The Tree focuses on intertwined intimate stories about family, grieving and youth love, turning from stolen glances into a forbidden hope after the threat of a blood feud sets the new rules of life. The film was written by the screenwriters Sonja Prosenc and Mitja Ličen, the director of photography is Mitja Ličen, editor Miloš Kalusek, production designer Vasja Kokelj, costume designer Emil Cerar, and makeup artist Mojca Gorogranc. Starring Jernej Kogovšek, Katarina Stegnar and Lukas Rosas.
Last year two Slovenian films – Adria Blues by the director Miroslav Mandić and Dual by the director Nejc Gazvoda – premiered in the East of West programme.
The Best Film Award in the East of West programme amounts to USD 20,000.
The Slovenian premiere of The Tree is going to take place at the 17th Festival of Slovenian Film in Portorož.
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