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Catch the 68th Pula Film Festival from July 17 to 24

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Lara Rasin

Film premiers from Croatia and abroad will mark the 68th annual Pula Film Festival. 

The festival will run from July 17 to July 24 this year. Its main location is the beautiful Pula Arena, a Roman amphitheatre built in the first century AD. Spearheading the festival is artistic director, Croatian film director Pavo Marinković.

What's on during the Croatian Programme

Family drama Murina, directed by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović, opens the festival at the Arena. This is the film's first screening after its world premiere the Cannes Film Festival. 

The next day, watch the world premiere of Once We Were Good for You by director Branko Schmidt. The film, screening at the Arena, follows the lives of a group of war veterans.

On day three, catch the Croatian premiere of Manhattan Odyssey, directed by Mario Vrbančić. This is the only fully independent film in the festival's Croatian Programme, produced without institutional support. It will air at the Istrian National Theatre.

On July 20, family drama A Blue Flower by director Zrinko Ogresta will screen. This is the film's Croatian premiere, after its world premiere at the International Film Festival in Moscow.

Action comedy Tune Up by director Stanislav Tomić will take the stage on day five, at the Arena. The film follows the adventures of a tamburica band in Slavonia.

The sixth day of the Festival doubles as Italian Day. In the spotlight is Croatian-Italian co-production The Dawn. Directed by Dalibor Matanić, this film follows a family drama.

For details on the full film lineup, and screenings in other programmes, head here.

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