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This festival embarked in the period of 15 - 24 November 2002, on the initiative of the famous Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar and Viviane Redding, nowadays vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship and in the year of 2002, member of the European Commission, responsible for Education, Culture, Youth, Media and Sports. Since than, “CINEDAYS”, evolved in a festival that celebrates European film tradition, positioning Skopje, the main capital of Macedonia as the main anchorage for true cinema loving fans. In these past nine years, with every successive edition of the festival we tried to go beyond ourselves, however, at all times, having in mind the one thriving concept: presenting to the ever hungry audience with the finest and most rewarded European film achievements. The International European film Festival “CINEDAYS” became a major film happening which promotes European cultural values and traditions, putting the key emphasis on the European cinematographic heritage, development and nurturing of cinematic culture in general, and above all, offering to the film loving audience the chance to see the latest European film achievements directed by fresh and thriving. Worthy of mentioning is the fact that “CINEDAYS” is the only festival of any character established by the famous Spanish director, and also, the only festival of European film that happens in our country.


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CIRKUS COLUMBIA at 'Cinedays', Skopje

 

Oscar winning Bosnian director Danis Tanovic's latest film "Cirkus Columbia" (2011) screened this week to Macedonian audiences in its capital city of Skopje during the CINEDAYS film event of 70 films in 10 days! CIRKUS COLUMBIA had its world premier at the 2010 Venice Film Festival and has traveled to festivals around the world since.

The film will go on to open the 'Dialogue of Cultures International Film Festival' next Thursday in NYC at SVA theater! Last Sunday at Alexandria Film Festival in Egypt, the film won the Best Film award and the lead actress Jelena Stupljanin won the Best Actress award. In early 2012, the film will have its US release.

-written by Vanessa McMahon

 

Jelena Stupljanin and I spoke briefly about her new film 'Cirkus Columbia', a Bosnian film by Bosnian Oscar winner director Danis Tanovic, set in the former Yugoslavia.

ME: Can you tell me about Cirkus Columbia and what your film is about? And what is your role in the film?

JELENA: 'Cirkus Columbia' is a love story set in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the early 90's just before the war in Bosnia started. The story follows Divko (played by Miki Manojlovic) who comes back after 20 years from Germany to his small village in Herzegovina with a lots of money, new car, fancy suit and a young wife (played by myself) The first thing he does is kick out his former wife( played by Mira Furlan) from his old house because he believes that she never wanted to follow him 20 years ago when he had to leave the village for the political reasons...
...He never wrote to her, never called her, never seemed to want to know anything about her.
What he finds out when he comes back is that she raised him a son, who is now 20 years old, a young man, very much like Divko himself (played by Boris Ler) and the true reason why his former wife never followed after him to Germany...."

ME: Thanks, Jelena. See you in NY! :-)

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