The Beast in Cannes Film Festival’s Selection!


The short fiction film The Beast, directed by Miroslav Sikavica and produced by the Zagreb-based company Propeler Film, has been selected for the Directors’ Fortnight section (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) at Cannes Film Festival, scheduled for 11-22 May.

This selection, which takes place since 1969, in parallel with the Cannes Film Festival, presents up-and-coming directors and authors of powerful and unique approaches and poetics, and screens the most exciting and innovative world cinema entries. Throughout its history, this event has drawn the attention of audience and critics to some of the most successful directors of today. For instance, debut films by Werner Herzog, Martin Scorsese and Ken Loach were screened in Directors’ Fortnight.

Director Miroslav Sikavica has made around 30 documentary films, including the award-winning Cloud (2011), about the most famous victim of juvenile violence in Zagreb, Luka Ritz. The Beast is his second short fiction film, focusing on the complex subject of illegal building and patriarchal environment.

The film was written by Miroslav Sikavica and Marija Šimoković Sikavica, starring Ivan Smoljo and Marko Ban. Director of photography was Danko Vučinović, editor Marko Ferković, and sound designer Martin Semenčić. Set designer was Veronika Radman, costume designer Morana Starčević, and make-up artist Mirna Čurak.

The film was produced by Boris T. Matić and Lana Ujdur with Propeler Film. Interestingly, this company produced another short film which premiered in Cannes, in the official selection – Ciao Mamma by Goran Odvorčić in 2009.

The Beast film was co-funded by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre.