"Slik", a romantic epic to open film programme of the 66th Dubrovnik Summer Festival

Date created: 18.07.2015.

American film "Silk", based on the novel by Alessandro Baricco and directed by Francois Girard, is first of totally eight films that will be screened at the 66th Dubrovnik Summer Festival, and will be shown on Saturday, July 18, beginning at 21:30 pm in Slavica open-air cinema.

Italian writer Alessandro Baricco, and the author of the novel "Silk", according to which the film was created in 2007, the festival audience had the opportunity to meet last year and see the staging of his other novel, "Ocean Sea". "Silk" is a romantic drama that takes place in the mid-19th century following a silk merchant traveling from France to Japan to find silkworm eggs that are not infected by the epidemic that threatens the silk supply of Europe. From his journeys to Japan, Hervé brings a huge fortune to his homeland, but with every return to the Far East, he is all the more conflicted with a desire for a concubine of the local rich man and the love of his wife. The title roles are played by Michael Pitt and Keira Knightley.

After this, there will be a screening of other award-winning films selected in cooperation with Dubrovnik Cinemas. The film "Sworn Virgin", directed by Laura Bispuri, which won the Tribeca, San Francisco and Hong Kong Film Festival and was in the official competition of this year's Berlinale with a nomination for the Golden Bear, but won the prize for the debut film, will appear on 26 July in Slavica open-air cinema. Spanish movie "Flowers" directed by Jon Garanou and Jose Maria Goenaga is a touching drama, that won a special award at the San Sebastian Film Festival, and was nominated for two prestigious Goya awards, and it’s scheduled to be screened on 4 August in Slavica.

The film program of the Festival traditionally includes a selection of films from the Pula Film Festival, including the Croatian film, winner of the Grand Golden Arena, on 27 July, and the film winner of the Audience Award Golden Gate of Pula, on 28 July. From the international program of Pula there is "Lobster," a romantic sci-fi comedy directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, who won the Prix du Jury at the Cannes Film Festival this year, which will be screened on 2 August, followed by a romantic drama "Summer of Sangailé" directed by Alanté Kavaïté, the winner of directing award at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The movie will be shown on 10th of August. The Italian comedy "Short Skin" directed by Ducci Chiarini is a movie for the youth audience, and the screening  is scheduled for 21st of August. All five films from the Pula Film Festival will be shown in Jadran open-air cinema.