A Sunday --- on The Island

Early in June, the Croatian island of Ugljan in the Zadar archipelago became the place to take in a group of filmmakers escaping everyday life, curiously waiting to meet with their new (film) family members. Under the first beams of a hot summer sun, surrounded by the Adriatic Sea, it was easy to leave everything behind on the mainland and get new inspiration from each other’s company. 

Housed in Stocco Castle with meals served outside under a vine-covered pergola, the participants, among them former and current nominees, had the chance to watch each other’s films, discuss, cook and eat together. The highlights included a fresh seafood dinner on the berth as the sun set, a swim in the Mediterranean, a boat tour on an old fishing boat and a visit of a monastery.

PARTICIPANTS: Alexander Nanau (Germany / Romania), Anita Andreis (Croatia), Carlos Marqués-Marcet (Spain), Ester Amrami (Israel / Germany), Germinal Roaux (Switzerland), Guy Lichtenstein (Israel / Austria), Ivan Kelava (Croatia), Mark Noonan (Ireland), Marta Lewandowska (Poland), Sonja Prosenc (Slovenia), Vanya Rainova (Bulgaria), Victor Lindgren (Sweden)

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY – MEMBERS & EXPERTS: Christophe Leparc (Managing Director, Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, France), Helena Danielsson (producer, Sweden), Ognjen Sviličić (director, Croatia)

Nikola Joetze (Event Management & TV Sales European Film Awards)

AVVANTURA – CREATIVE PRODUCTION COMPANY: Sergej Stanojkovski (director / festival director)

What a wonderful mish mash of beautiful people. A time and people never to forget! Thank you EFA for this new family!
- Alexander Nanau -

To talk about cinema with such an amazing group of diverse and beautiful people from all over Europe and beyond has been a life-changing experience. The swimming, the talking, the drinking, the eating, the viewing of everyone’s films – I will never forget. 
- Mark Noonan -

Here’s what I want from life: Conversations that neither tire nor bore me; delicious food (thank you, Ester and Carlos); good wine; and films that move me. So, ask, and you shall be granted.
- Vanya Rainova -

I wish life was always this pleasant as this weekend has been. I guess we would miss suffering in real life a bit more, but for a weekend it really made me appreciate the time being.
- Carlos Marqués-Marcet -

This edition of A SUNDAY IN THE COUNTRY was organised in co-operation with Avvantura Creative Production Company and with the support of Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH.