The festival opens with Les Misérables, one of the Cannes winners, the screening of which will be attended by its director Ladj Ly and actor Djebril Zonga, and closes with a spectacular screening at the SEAPLEX KAICH “sail-in” cinema

The first edition of the festival of investigative films, the Rab Film Festival, kicks off with the Croatian premiere of Les Misérables at the Rab Summer Cinema on Friday 23 August at 9 pm. The film, which has won the Jury Prize at the Cannes festival, received an ovation from more than 3000 viewers in Sarajevo only a few days ago, and will be introduced on Rab by RAFF’s guests, the French director Ladj Ly and male lead Djibril Zonga. During the five days of the festival, from Friday to Tuesday, visitors can expect to attend 13 film screenings and 5 concerts and to enjoy themselves, participating in an active holiday.

At the press conference in Rab, the RAFF was presented in detail by Robert Tomić Zuber, the festival’s director, Nikola Grgurić, the mayor of the City of Rab, Morana Ikić Komljenović, RAFF’s executive producer, Zoran Kekić, the Music Art director, and Katarina Ribarić, the director of the Pučko otvoreno učilište Rab.

Mayor Grgurić pointed out that starting a new festival in Rab in the year when the island and the city celebrate 130 years of tourism represents another step forward in what Rab has to offer to tourists, especially since the production and the content of the festival’s first edition are already at a high level. Both Grgurić and Tomić Zuber emphasised the wish for this collaboration to last many years.

Along with an attractive film programme, RAFF includes a number of other interesting strands. The RAFF BEAT music section brings concerts by Zdenka Kovačiček & Greenhouse Blues Band, Urban&4, Elemental, Nipplepeople and  Detour, the RAFF GASTRO programme will present a wealth of tastes and aromas of Rab at the charming Freedom Square, and RAFF GENERATION, intended for film professionals, includes lectures by prominent Croatian filmmakers: Nenad Puhovski, the founder and director of the ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival and director of the production company Factum, the director Dana Budisavljević, the cinematographer Raul Brzić, and the writer and screenwriter Marjan Alčevski.

The programme carried out in collaboration with HBO Adria includes the presentation of the series Chernobyl and a talk with Stellan Skarsgård via video link. Following the announcement of winners on the last night of the festival, there will be a screening of the winning film from the Sarajevo Film Festival, RAFF’s partner, where visitors will have a chance to engage in a special experience of a “sail-in” cinema, called RAFF SEAPLEX KAICH: they will be able to watch the film and listen to the concert by Detour beneath the city walls from their boats or dinghies.

The already mentioned Les Misérables is one of a total of 11 titles competing for RAFF Frame, the festival’s main award, which is presented in three categories: RAFF Frame Best Fiction Award, RAFF Frame Best Documentary Award and RAFF Frame Audience Award. The decision on the best films in the competition will be made by the jury whose members are Rada Šešić, festival programmer, film lecturer, critic and film director, Tihana Lazović, actor, and Antonio Nuić, film director.

The RAFF will take place in several locations: at the Rab Summer Cinema, Rab Winter Cinema, Freedom Square, in the Padova 1 Bay, at St John’s and Villa Antonietta (Mahač Villa). The festival pass, which includes 12 film screenings and 5 concerts, can be bought online, while the single-admission tickets are on sale from 23 August at the cinemas’ box offices. The prices are: 20 Kuna for single-admission tickets for noon screenings, 25 Kuna for films screening at 7 pm and 30 Kuna for evening screenings starting at 9 pm. The ticket for an evening screening is also valid for that night’s concert. In addition to Croatian, all films screening at the festival will also have English subtitles.