At the upcoming Ponta Lopud Festival (June 20-24, 2023), the renowned actor Edward Norton will be hosting lectures and workshops for regional professionals in the “Acting” category. Norton, one of the most respected actors of his generation, will share his insights and experiences with participants, offering valuable knowledge in the craft of filmmaking.
During the festival, Norton’s leading masterclass will be attended by all participants, while subsequent sessions will be exclusively for those in the “Acting” category. Norton expressed his excitement about the festival, emphasizing the importance of filmmakers coming together to learn and grow.
The film program of the Ponta Lopud festival will commence with the screening of “The Painted Veil”, featuring Edward Norton in the leading role. Directed by John Curran, the film presents a captivating and emotionally charged journey of two spouses amidst turbulent historical events. Joining Norton, Naomi Watts also stars in this tale of love, betrayal, and mercy.
Additionally, the festival will showcase notable films such as Michel Franco’s “After Lucia”, which won the main prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section. The movie explores grief and the issue of peer violence. Ruben Östlund’s “Force Majeure” will also be screened, offering a profound analysis of male-female relationships and the aftermath of an unexpected event during a family vacation.
Juho Kuosmanen’s “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki” tells the story of a Finnish boxer who faces the world champion, experiencing a transformative journey despite a defeat. The film received critical acclaim and won the Best Film Award in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Lastly, the festival’s closing night will feature Ruben Östlund’s “Triangle of Sadness,” a social satire that questions class roles and exposes the excesses of extreme wealth. Set on a stranded cruise ship, the film explores the reversal of social dynamics between the crew and the snobbish guests. It received the Palme d’Or and multiple European Film Awards, garnering three Oscar nominations.