MITKO PANOV IN ROTTERDAM'S BABYLON
Mitko Panov, the only Macedonian director with a Cannes’ Golden Palm, will take part in the upcoming Rotterdam Film Festival presenting his project “The War Is Over.” Panov has been invited to present his film within the audio visual programme called Babylon, a new initiative of the European Union that is being held for the first time at the Rotterdam Festival. Babylon enables independent film authors to mutually communicate and pack the films they work on much easily. As of next year, the initiative will be opened. For now, Panov ‘s participation is an exception because the programme only includes participants from the founding countries – Britain, France and Germany.
“This is a perfect opportunity to give face and voice to those who are increasingly marginalized from the so call mainstream. This is an interesting topic because it enables any author and any country to position themselves with something typical in this hyperactive media space,” Panov says in the run up to Rotterdam.
“The War is Over” is a family drama about an Albanian torn between the Balkans and Switzerland, between the material things and idealism, a story about the small man who desperately struggles to remain such despite everything.
MD: Nice to hear, and we wish him much succes!