The fourth Asterfest Film Festival is opening at the Anton Panov Culture Centre in Strumica today (8.00 p.m.). The start is dedicated to short feature and documentary films from South East European countries, and will be marked with “A Good Day For a Swim” (O zi buna de plaja) by Romanian director Bogdan Mustata, the winner of Golden Bear at Berlin last year and the most successful documentary last year, Czech “Marcela” by Helena Trestikova. Immediately after the official opening, the film evening is continuing with a certain marathon of Italian, Turkish, Russian and Moldova films.
Famous Croatian director Lordan Zafranovic (“Occupation in 26 Images,” “The Fall of Italy”) will be awarded Aster, a special recognition for his contribution to the SEE cinematography. His portrait will be presented at the Veljusa Monastery tomorrow at 11.00 a.m. There are novelties as for the awards this year as well as in the focus of the festival to the Macedonian production. The motto of Asterfest this year is “Limitless Film Views.” Films are competing for the main competitive award, Horseshoe. The program is divided in seven segments including: Aster Docks, A Woman – a Film, Marry Dions, Dedications, Balkan Fiction, Moovieland. Macedonian authors whose works are shown within the festival are Marija Apcevska, Frosina Naumovska, Sasa Stanisic, Filip Jovanovski as well as authors working beyond the Macedonian boundaries, Ilija Piperkovski and Irena Paskali.