'Zoran, My Nephew the Idiot' Opens the Eleventh Zagreb Film Festival!

The eleventh edition of Zagreb Film Festival was opened in front of a packed audience in Cinema Europa today with the screening of Zoran, My Nephew The Idiot. Festival Director Boris T. Matić and Executive Director Hrvoje Laurenta made a few introductory remarks for the beginning of the ceremony.

'The 11th Zagreb Film Festival is ahead of us. We have prepared for you about one hundred films in ten different programs. Besides the usual ones, we have prepared a few interesting new programs. We should also mention here the educational part of the festival, our Industry, with almost one hundred participants and lecturers from Croatia and abroad', said Boris T. Matić.

'The whole program will take place at the usual venues, the only difference being that the documentary films will be shown at an additional location in the town – the Zagreb Puppet Theater. All in all, eight days of screenings, lectures, presentations, get-togethers and great fun are in store for us', added Hrvoje Laurenta.

Mayor of Zagreb Milan Bandić then opened the festival. 'Welcome to Zagreb, the 28th European capital of culture. To the satisfaction of all the people of Zagreb, we are now opening yet another edition of Zagreb Film Festival! As in previous years, this festival is bringing to us the most interesting debutant auteur films. I would hereby like to express my gratitude to all authors, producers and all others who turn Zagreb into a European capital of film every day!' said Milan Bandić, declaring the festival open.

A few years ago, Croatian Producers Association launched the annual Albert Kapović Award at Zagreb Film Festival, to the memory of the founder of the Croatian Audiovisual Center. The award is given to physical and legal persons who made their mark in cinematic art over the year or whose activities have substantially contributed to the quality and promotion of Croatian film. After Martina Petrović, Hrvoje Hribar and Siniša Juričić, this year's winner is Ankica Jurić Tilić. 'The Mysterious Boy, Koko And Ghosts, Mother Of Asphalt, Daddy, Blacks, The Lika Cinema. Numerous debutants. Renaissance of children's film. All this clearly indicates that the award once again goes to the right hands. And that Ankica Jurić Tilić indeed loves and understands film production', said Prof. Vedran Mihletić, member of the Board of the Croatian Producers Association while presenting the award to Ankica Jurić Tilić.

'This is one of the happiest moments in my career, not just because I have received the award from my colleagues, but also because it bears the name of Albert Kapović. Albert was a pioneer and visionary for whom the common interest was always the priority. He made not just a better professional but also a better person from everyone he knew', said Ankica Jurić Tilić while receiving the award.

'For all the programs of this year's edition of Zagreb Film Festival we have ensured fresh films that had their world premieres not more than a month ago, making Zagreb one of the first stops on their way. One such film is the one that opens our festival tonight. It is an Italian-Slovenian film of an indicative title, Zoran, My Nephew The Idiot, that won as many as four awards in Venice', said Boris T. Matić. The author of the film, Matteo Oleotto, then greeted the audience and said it was an exceptional honor for him that his film was to open the festival and that he was looking forward to getting together with the audience after the screening.

Zagreb Film Festival takes place with a support of the City of Zagreb and City Office for Culture, Education and Sport, Croatian Audiovisual Center, its general sponsor Hrvatski Telekom, European Union's MEDIA Program, Zagreb Tourist Board, Croatian Film Directors Guild and media sponsors Tportal, Nova TV, Jutarnji List,, Zagrebačka pivovara, Oryx, Jameson, FED, Kerschoffset, Bug, Hotel Dubrovnik, DHL, MTV and many others.