THE 3rd PONTA LOPUD FESTIVAL – LECTURERS AND SPECIAL GUESTS

The third edition of the Ponta Lopud Festival will take place from June 20 to June 24, 2023, on Lopud Island. The festival is positioning itself as a creative cultural hub for film industry professionals.

Edward Norton, photo credit by Ponta Film Festival
Edward Norton, photo credit by Ponta Film Festival

Ruben Östlund and Edward Norton will deliver lectures and workshops for directors and actors, as well as Urszula Pontikos, who will lead specialized programs for female cinematographers,

Ruben Östlund, photo credit Sina Östlundphoto, by Ponta Film Festival
Ruben Östlund, photo credit Sina Östlundphoto, by Ponta Film Festival

We are looking forward to Philippe Bober, the founder of Coproduction Office, a company responsible for producing all of Östlund’s films, including the Palme d’Or winner TRIANGLE OF SADNESS, Brian Swardstrom, a talent agent with thirty years of experience and a partner at United Talented Agency, where he represents actors such as Timothée Chalamet, Edward Norton, Michael Douglas, and many others, along with Peter Spears, an Oscar-winning producer of NOMADLAND, will deliver a lecture entitled “The US model of talent agency work and the basics of US indie production”.

Michel Franco, photo John Pavlish, photo credit by Ponta Film Festival
Michel Franco, photo John Pavlish, photo credit by Ponta Film Festival

Michel Franco, an acclaimed Mexican director, screenwriter, producer, and now a friend of the Ponta Lopud Festival, will give a special lecture titled “Money is not the most important element to make a film.”

Philippe Bober, Pawel Pawlikowski, Ognjen Glavonic_photo by John Pavlish, Lectures, photo credit by Ponta Film Festival
Philippe Bober, Pawel Pawlikowski, Ognjen Glavonic_photo by John Pavlish, Lectures, photo credit by Ponta Film Festival

Pawel Pawlikowski, the Polish director, and Oscar winner, and Ognjen Glavonić, director and film producer from Serbia, will return this year. Pawlikowski led directing masterclasses during the Festival’s inaugural edition.

Lectures, photo credit by Ponta Film Festival
Lectures, photo credit by Ponta Film Festival

The masterclasses and lectures are exclusively intended for invited participants based on their contributions to the art of filmmaking. However, all film art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to enjoy screenings of classics directed by or starring guests of this year’s Festival, which will take place on the beach of the RMH Lopud Lafodia Resort & Wellness.

Screenings of inspiring cinematic achievements

Östlund’s FORCE MAJEURE is a witty portrayal of the male role in contemporary family life, following a young Swedish family whose foundations are shaken by an unexpected incident during their vacation in the French Alps. TRIANGLE OF SADNESS is a scathing and incisive satire on class roles and the vulgarity of extreme wealth, which brought Ruben Östlund the Palme d’Or, four major European film awards, and three Oscar nominations.

Peter Spears, Juho Kuosmanen, Brian Peter Spears, Juho Kuosmanen, Brian Swardstrom, photo by John Pavlish[, Philippe Bober photo by John Pavlish, photo credit by Ponta Film Festival
Peter Spears, Juho Kuosmanen, Brian Swardstrom, photo by John Pavlish[, Philippe Bober photo by John Pavlish, photo credit by Ponta Film Festival

Michel Franco directed and wrote the screenplay for AFTER LUCIA, a film that follows Robert and his daughter Alejandra as they embark on a new life in the capital city of Mexico after a family tragedy. Unfortunately, a series of unfortunate events leads to dire consequences.

photo credit by Ponta Film Festival
photo credit by Ponta Film Festival

THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MÄKI is a film inspired by a true story, depicting a Finnish boxer who, at the beginning of his professional career, gets the opportunity to face the reigning world champion in the featherweight category. Despite experiencing a tough defeat, he claims it to be the best day of his life.

photo credit by Ponta Film Festival
photo credit by Ponta Film Festival

THE PAINTED VEIL is a romantic and psychologically nuanced tale of love, betrayal, and forgiveness, following a married couple amidst turbulent historical events. Alongside Edward Norton, the film is starring Naomi Watts.

photo credit by Ponta Film Festival
photo credit by Ponta Film Festival

Tickets for film screenings on the beach of the RMH Lopud Lafodia Resort & Wellness, as well as boat transfer tickets, can be purchased through the www.ulaznice.hr system or directly via the link ulaznice.hr/r/Ponta-Lopud.

All information about the program and side events of the Ponta Lopud Festival is available on the official website www.pontalopud.hr and through the Festival’s social media channels.

Ula Pontikos, photo by Stefan Lange,photo credit by Ponta Film Festival
Ula Pontikos, photo by Stefan Lange,photo credit by Ponta Film Festival

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