'Zoran' Kicks Off Zagreb Fest

'Miss Violence,' 'Short Term 12' among competish pix

ZAGREB — Croatia’s Zagreb Film Festival, one of the leading fests in the Balkans, raised its curtains Sunday with a screening of Italian-Slovenian comedy-drama “Zoran, My Nephew the Idiot!”

Matteo Oleotto (above) introduced his feature helming debut, which won the audience award in Critics’ Week at the Venice film fest.

The competish section in Zagreb, which specializes in first and second films, includes a number of other Venice kudos winners, including Greek pic “Miss Violence,” which won the Silver Lion for director Alexandros Avranas and actor for Themis Panou, and U.K.-Italy pic “Still Life,” which won the directing prize in Venice’s Horizons section for Uberto Pasolini.

Other films competing in Zagreb include Michel Franco’s “After Lucia,” which is Mexico’s Oscar entry, Destin Cretton’s “Short Term 12,” which won best actress for Brie Larson in Locarno, and Emir Baigazin’s “Harmony Lessons,” which took a Berlinale Silver Bear for Aziz Zhambakiyev’s camera-work.

The main jury comprises Leo Barraclough, senior international correspondent for Variety, Serbian director Srdan Golubovic (“Circles”), and producer Ada Solomon (“Child’s Pose”).

The fest director is Boris Matic.

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