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What is success? Festival awards, crowded cinema theaters… Is success fear or encouragement for the author? A stepping stone or a trap? A goal in itself? Is it possible to create cinema without thinking of success (or lack thereof)?

Film Talks are useful because they have the power to convey personal stories and lived experiences. The participants in the talk have not been invited by accident. And since the notion of what constitutes success is disputable, and there is an ever-present need to discuss disputable notions, they surely will have what to say.

The Film Talks are organized by the MEDIA Desk MK in collaboration with the MEDIA Desks fromCroatia and Germany, as well as our host ICFF “Manaki Brothers” whose 40th edition is supported by MEDIA Creative Europe.

I look forward to welcoming you,

Bistra Georgieva

Head of MEDIA Desk MK, and moderator of the Film Talks



Rainer Klausmann is a Swiss cinematographer. He is mostly known by his tandem collaboration with the German writer-director Fatih Akin. They have worked together on: IN THE FADE (at last year’s, 38th ICFF Manaki Brothers, he won the Silver Camera 300); GOODBYE BERLIN (2016); THE CUT (2014); SOUL KITCHEN (2009); THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (2007); HEAD ON (he won The Golden Camera 300 at 25th Manaki Brothers, 2004 and Deutscher Filmpreis in Gold, 2004); SOLINO (2002). Klausmann also worked with Werner Herzog in the films: CERRO TORRE: SCREAM OFSTONE (1990) and LESSONS OF DARKNESS (1991, documentary). He collaborated with the directors: Markus Imboden, Eran Riklis, Oliver Hirschbiegel and for the film THE BADER MEINHOF COMPLEX, by the director Uli Edel, he got The Bronze Frog Award at the Camerimage in 2008.


Eleonora is a writer/director of films and TV series. Her films “Hairs” and “Fighting for Death” have won a dozen awards and screened over 60 festivals around the world.  Her last short film “The Sign” which she co-wrote/directed with Yona Rozenkier premiered in the Director’s Fortnight program at Cannes Film Festival’s 2019 edition. She is currently developing her first feature film “Sabattier Effect” financed by the North Macedonia Film Agency.

Max Zähle was born in Hannover in 1977 and grows up in the German town of Celle. Since 2001, he has directed several music videos, commercials and short films. From 2008 to 2010 he studied film directing at the Hamburg Media School. His graduation film RAJU is awarded with more than 40 awards, including the student Oscar in bronze in 2011. In 2012 the film in nominated for the Academy Award (Oscar®) at the 84th Academy Awards. In 2014 Zähle shooted his feature film debut SCHROTTEN!, which runned at the Max Ophüls Award 2016 and wins Audience Award. In 2018 Max directed the TV Drama BIST DU GLÜCKLICH that premiered at Filmfest Hamburg and won the Award for Best TV Drama at the Biberacher Filmfestspiele.

Dubravka Turić is a director, screenwriter and editor. She graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Art at Zagreb University, Croatia. Her first short fiction film Belladonna won the Golden Lion, Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film at 72nd Venice Film Festival in 2015. The film was also premiered in the Sundance FF, Rotterdam FF, and many others. Her second short fiction film Trešnje (Cherries) premiered in Cannes, in the official program of Quinzaine des Realisateurs in 2017. Tina, her third short film, is in the competition of Sarajevo FF 2019. Dubravka has also edited over thirty feature, experimental, and animated films, over two hundred commercials, and worked as a screenwriter on TV documentary serials. At the moment, she is developing her feature films Traces at Midpoint, and Rhino at Torino Film Lab.