The long-awaited ninth edition of Star Film Fest began with a starry opening with a full screening hall.

We marked our step to the first decade in the premises of the Sisak Creative Industry Center, and the first of three film days was greeted by festival director Matija Holjevac, who welcomed everyone. The representative of the city of Sisak, Filip Pjerobon, addressed the audience and expressed great anticipation for the upcoming film screenings.

We started the evening with a traditional exhibition and Mateja Štefinščak presented her works under the name Nigdar ni bilo. The works introduced the visitors to the process of making an animated film, the competition program itself was announced by our expert selectors, Anja Kavić and Martina Mladenović, and the program itself opened with the first screening, which included the screening of the experimental film The Wounds of My House by the Spanish director Claudia Estrada Tarascó and feature film Seriously and Lively by Song Jie Chin which shows growing up and the changes it brings, but also family love and the innocence of children that remains unchanged. Also shown was the French animated Spoon by Arthur Chays which tells the story of escaping from everyday life, and The Great Survival by Louis Besse which brings the story of our ancestors through animation, whose prehistoric routine is interrupted when they discover alcohol.

The first competitive screening ended with the Croatian feature film Bakalor (Codfish) directed by Daria Stilin which was filmed on Hvar in the local dialect. The film depicts Branko, a modern-day Don Quixote whose windmills are the complaints of the locals, his disgruntled wife and an impossible bureaucracy. One Christmas Day in Vrboska on the island of Hvar will prove to be the biggest test for him and his little town.

The evening continued with the screening of the 2021 feature-length documentary film Factory to the workers by director Srđan Kovačević who brought to the big screen the story of the workers who occupied the ITAS factory in Ivanac in 2005. Since then, they have been acting as a collective, becoming the only successful example of workers’ occupation in post-socialist Europe. Today, as they test the new model of collective ownership, the micro-world of the factory collides with the strong forces of the global market, which has the effect of decreasing and irregular wages, thus causing increasing dissatisfaction among workers.

The Star Film Festival in Sisak will remain until Saturday, September 3, and the program will initially continue on Friday, September 2, with content for the youngest – screenings of the iconic animated series Baltazar and the presentation of a video game inspired by it by the Zagreb studio Gamechuck. Details of the entire program can be found on our official website.

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