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49th FEST – Back to the Future

The upcoming, 49th International Film Festival - FEST, will be held from May 7th to 16th, 2021, organized by the Belgrade Festivals Centre (CEBEF), under the auspices of the City of Belgrade and with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Information.

The biggest and most famous film event in Serbia and the region will take place under the slogan ’Back to the Future’ with the intention to contribute to a sizable return of audiences to cinemas.

CEBEF Director Damir Handanović stated that CEBEF, despite the difficult moments that the whole world faced, remained persistent in its intention to show its loyal audience the latest films of contemporary cinema. He pointed out that it was of great importance for Belgrade to hold such a cultural event at a time when a complete lockdown was in force in most European countries.

"Selected with special attention, this year's festival programme will present more than 70 films of the latest world productions through seven programme segments, which the audience will be able to see in the halls of Sava Centre, Kombank Hall, Belgrade Youth Centre and Cineplexx. It is especially important for us that next year will be marked by the 50th FEST, and in anticipation of this year's jubilee, FEST audience will have the opportunity to see cult films that marked previous editions of the Festival within the FEST 50 programme. ", concluded Handanović.

A new, re-edited version of the film ‘The Godfather 3’ by the legendary director Francis Ford Coppola, made on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the first screening of this film, will be shown for the first time in Serbia at the closing ceremony of FEST, on May 16th. The last chapter of the Corleone family saga has been renamed: ‘The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone’, with which Coppola pays tribute to writer and screenwriter Mario Puzo, and includes a title that was originally intended for the third part of ‘The Godfather’. For the needs of the new version, Coppola made a new beginning and end of the film, and repackaged certain scenes, shots and music.

This year's International Film Festival - FEST will be held in compliance with all measures of the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the COVID-19 Infection Disease Crisis Response Team. The priority for the organizing team of the Festival is the health and safety of the audience, the guests and the Festival team.

Information about ticket sales for the 49th International Film Festival - FEST will be announced at a later date.