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FESTIVAL MAGNIFICENT SEVEN BRINGS 7 OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARIES FROM 2005

The second edition of the new Belgrade festival highlights the European feature-length documentary film production between January 26 and 29. Besides the Romanian AstraFest, Croatian Zagrebdox or Slovenian DokMa Festival, the Magnificent Seven enriches the conscious of the documentary film in the Balkan region. The selection of 7 representative documentaries is done by Tue Steen Muller – the first Director of the European Documentary Network. (Photo: Kha-Chee-Pae by Miroslav Janek).

2nd edition of MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
Dates: January 26th to 29th, 2006.
Screenings: theatre Sava Centre, the home of the prestigious FEST, the annual feature film festival established in Belgrade in 1971.

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Each film is scheduled for one evening show, followed by the conversation between the author and the audience.
One of the goals of this festival is to give the glamour and exclusivity of the theatrical fiction films to the documentary features. Therefore each film will get the biggest possible attention by the organizers and festival media coverage which will put each film in focus during its scheduled festival day. 

Film Selection:
The Festival’s film selector is Mr. Tue Steen Müler, the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). As a regular participant in all major European documentary film festivals and events, Mr. Müler has an excellent overview of the current European documentary scene.

Accompanying programme:  
During the four days of the Festival, conferences and workshops with the authors will be held for students and professionals. The selector, special guests or conference moderator(s) will moderate them. The content will be recorded and archived, with the possible use in the Festival’s publications.

For more details - www.magnificent7festival.org.

Last year:
The opening of the first edition took place at the biggest theatre in this region and it was attended by more then one thousand spectators.All the other films were screened in the smaller theatre for about 350 people and it was sold out for every film. There was about three and a half thousand spectators and it was one of the important cultural events of the year. 
 
Organizers:
The Festival is organized by The Centre For Visual Communications KVADRAT, a member of EDN (European Documentary Network) and is run by Svetlana and Zoran Popovic, film directors, producers and teachers. Svetlana and Zoran started their documentary workshops for film students and young filmmakers in Yugoslavia, during the 1990s. The result of those workshops was over 100 documentaries produced, some of them internationally recognized and awarded. Their activity visibly influenced contemporary Serbian documentary production, as well as the aesthetics of the young Serbian documentary filmmakers.

THIS YEARS PROGRAMME:

Thursday, 26th - opening  -  big theatre

20:30  MAHALEO by  Cesar & Marie-Clemence and Raymond Rajaonarivelo

Friday, 27th

19:00  DEVIL'S MINER by Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson

21:00  BEFORE FLIGHT BACK TO THE EARTH by Arunas Matelis

 

Saturday, 28th

19:00  ABOUT THE FARM by Mervi Junkkonen

21:00  GUERILLA GIRL by Frank Piasecki Poulsen

 

Sunday, 29th

19:00  KHA-CHEE-PAE by Miroslav Janek

21:00 -  closing  -  big theatre  -  AFRICA UNITED by Olafur Johannesson