PONTA LOPUD – a new film festival in a new place

Croatian island Lopud with its stunning beauty and uncomparable Mediterranean charm has become the home of a brand new international film festival

Tilda Grossel Bogdanović, Co-founder and organizer of the festival, said Lopud is the festival’s exciting content to connect the festival’s guests with the locals and give the island additional international recognition. “Whether it was brave or crazy, I’m not sure. Time will show. I am happy with the reactions of many people from the general public to the locals who helped us in every way, “said Grossel Bogdanović.

Mirsad Purivatra, Pawel Pawlikowski, Tilda Bogdanovic, photo by Zoran Marinović, Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia
Mirsad Purivatra, Pawel Pawlikowski, Tilda Bogdanovic, photo by Zoran Marinović, Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia

The first INTERNATIONAL PONTA LOPUD FESTIVAL was ceremonially opened on Friday, July 2, on beautiful Lopud island

Co-founder of the Ponta Lopud Festival and director of the Sarajevo Film Festival, Mirsad Purivatra, at the opening, said, “In four to five years, the Ponta Lopud Festival will become one of the most important places for film-people. “We don’t want to become a new Cannes or Sarajevo. We want the Lopud festival to be where people socialize, enjoy, exchange ideas, develop a network, and create new projects. The environment that this beautiful island offers can only be the inspiration.”

Michel Franco, Tilda Grossel Bogdanovic, Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia
Michel Franco, Tilda Grossel Bogdanovic, photo by Zoran Marinović Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia

Michel Franco, Danis Tanovic, photo by Zoran Marinović. Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia
Michel Franco, Danis Tanovic, photo by Zoran Marinović. Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia

Malgosia Bela, Pawel Pawlikowski, photo by Zoran Marinović. Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia
Malgosia Bela, Pawel Pawlikowski, photo by Zoran Marinović. Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia

Lopud 1483, photo by Zoran Marinović, Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia
Lopud 1483, photo by Zoran Marinović, Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia

 

Danis Tanovic, Pawel Pawlikowski, Malgosia Bela, Mirsad Purivatra photo by Zoran Marinović, Ponta Lopud film festival, CroatiaDanis Tanovic, Pawel Pawlikowski,Malgosia Bela, Mirsad Purivatra Danis Tanovic, Michel Franco, Pawel Pawlikowski, Tilda Grossel Bogdanovic, Mirsad Purivatra photo by Zoran Marinović, Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia
Danis Tanovic, Pawel Pawlikowski, Malgosia Bela, Mirsad Purivatra photo by Zoran Marinović, Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia

Pawel Pawlikowski, photo by Zoran Marinović, Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia
Pawel Pawlikowski, photo by Zoran Marinović, Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia

Ponta Lopud film festival, photo by Zoran Marinović,, Croatia
Ponta Lopud film festival, photo by Zoran Marinović, Croatia

PAWLIKOWSKI: I AM GLAD TO BE A PART OF THIS FESTIVAL

A special guest of the festival, Pawel Pawlikowski, whose film “Cold War” was shown at the grand opening in the Franciscan monastery, Lopud 1483, praised the idea of ​​realizing the project of a new festival.” There are only a few people like Mirsad Purivatra who loves film and knows how to gather film lovers. When he invited me to the Ponta Lopud festival, I had no doubts, and I was thrilled to come. I’m glad to be a part of it. ”

Dana Budisavljevic, Iva Mihalic, Pawel Pawlikowski, Dubravka Turic, Toni Gojanovic, photo by Zoran Marinović, Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia
Diana Budisavljevic, Iva Mihalic, Pawel Pawlikowski, Dubravka Turic, Toni Gojanovic, photo by Zoran Marinović, Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia

Pawlikowski said to many reporters that the covid crisis had definitely changed his perspective. “I’m not sure if I’m ready to make a new film in this new situation, but we have to move on.” He expressed satisfaction that young and talented directors and actors from the region participated in the master class and emphasized that he gets new energy from the participants. “It’s a mutual benefit for both the master class participants and me.”

A Firework at the grand opening, Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia
A Firework at the grand opening,photo by Zoran Marinović, Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia

On the opening night of the Ponta Lopud Festival, visitors enjoyed stunning fireworks and the indigenous gourmet offer of Lopud restaurants.

Pawel Pawlikowski with a masterclass participants, Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia
Pawel Pawlikowski with a masterclass participants, photo by Zoran Marinović, Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia

A masterclass with a director

The Punta Lopud Festival masterclass is intended for directors and actors; Pawlikowski was joined by Michel Franco, an award-winning Mexican director, and Bosnian Oscar-winner Danis Tanovic. Diana Budisavljević, author of the award-winning film” Diary of Diana Budisavljević ” says; “A masterclass with a director like Pawlikowski is extremely useful for us. There is rarely an opportunity for direct contact with one of the greatest directors in the world like him. All participants are extremely satisfied “. Masterclass participants, actors, and directors from Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Northern Macedonia, and Kosovo spoke with Pawlikowski about how he prepared and realized the film “My summer of love”, which was shot in 2004.

Danis Tanovic, Michel Franco, Pawel Pawlikowski, Tilda Grossel Bogdanovic, Mirsad Purivatra photo by Zoran Marinović, Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia
Danis Tanovic, Michel Franco, Pawel Pawlikowski, Tilda Grossel Bogdanovic, Mirsad Purivatra photo by Zoran Marinović, Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia

In front of the RMH Lafodia Sea Resort, the screening’ under the open sky’ attracted many guests who came to see the award-winning film by the director who is the guest of honor at the first edition of Ponta Lopud film festival.

Reset & Recharge s Asjom Petersen, Lopud 1483, photo by Zoran Marinović, Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia
Reset & Recharge s Asjom Petersen, Lopud 1483, photo by Zoran Marinović, Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia

In the fortress of the Franciscan monastery LOPUD 1483, festival guests and journalists organized a “Recharge & Reset with Asja Petersen” exercise of breathing and movements for the start of inspiring festival events.

Reset&Recharge s Asjom Petersen, Lopud 1483, photo by Zoran Marinović, Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia
Reset&Recharge s Asjom Petersen, Lopud 1483, photo by Zoran Marinović, Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia

The Ponta Lopud festival attracted many guests who came to the island of Lopud to socialize with directors and actors. A trip to Šipan was also organized. Special attention was drawn to the famous Konavle wines of the Crvik family and lovely comments by Mira Šemić. She is presented by the media as a ‘wine google’ and one of the most respected wine connoisseurs, a distinguished sommelier, and the first wine academic in the Balkans.

Mira Semic, Mirsad Purivatra, Tilda Grossel Bogdanovicphoto by Zoran Marinović, Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia
Mira Semic, Mirsad Purivatra, Tilda Grossel Bogdanovic photo by Zoran Marinović, Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia

Winetasting, Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia
Winetasting, photo by Zoran Marinović, Ponta Lopud film festival, Croatia

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