Dubrovnik sets slate

Fest attracts American indies, Euro titles

This article was corrected on May 14, 2003.

HOLLYWOOD — The fledgling Dubrovnik Intl. Film Festival unveiled its inaugural slate of films, with Franco Zeffirelli’s “Callas Forever” kicking off the fest May 29 in the Croatian seaside resort town.

Hollywood production exec Ziggy Mrkich started the festival in her mother’s native country because “I felt Dubrovnik needed something fresh — it’s a perfect setting, and I thought it would help the people there.”

Tiffany Naiman, who also programmed Los Angeles’ Silver Lake Film Fest, programmed the event that draws on American indies such as Tanya Wexler’s “Ball in the House” and Euro titles such as Fridrik Thor Fridriksson’s “Falcons.”

Fest will also screen “Dr. Sleep,” starring Goran Visnjic, who is expected to attend the fest.

Naiman has programmed 16 narrative features and 10 documentaries, as well as 40 shorts, over the four-day event, which closes with Sundance selection “Miranda” starring Christiana Ricci.

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