Generation '68, Nenad Puhovski
Ministry of Love, Pavo Marinković
Shooting Stars, Ivan – Goran Vitez
Confusions, Lana Kosovac
On the Other Side, Zrinko Ogresta
All the Best, Snježana Tribuson
Trampoline, Katarina Zrinka Matijević
Out of competition:
The Blue Cage, Bruna Bajić
Život je truba, Antonio Nuić
GENERATION '68 (Generacija '68)
DIRECTOR: Nenad Puhovski
With his film Generation ‘68, the author makes a homage to the generation with which he shares his youthful enthusiasm and the idea about a revolution that will change the world, while being "realistic and demanding the impossible". At the same time he questions the true impact of these changes on social and – probably more importantly – private level. Having ideas is easy; making them look credible to the generations that follow is somewhat more difficult. By rejecting the ideals of the 1968 as unworkable, new generations are coming up with some of their own, maybe even more unrealistic ones.
Nenad Puhovski obtained a degree in Sociology, Philosophy and Film Directing. As a professional director, he has worked on over 250 theatre, film and TV productions. In 1997 he founded Factum, which soon became the most influential independent documentary production company in Croatia. He has produced over 60 documentary films. In 2004, he founded ZagrebDox – the largest documentary film festival in the region – where he continues to serve as director. In addition to teaching in Zagreb, where he launched a new MA documentary program, he taught documentary film in many schools abroad. In 2009 he won the EDN Award for ‘outstanding contribution to the development of European documentary culture’.
Croatia, 2016 | 85’
MINISTRY OF LOVE (Ministarstvo ljubavi)
DIRECTOR: Pavo Marinković
PRODUCERS: Stanislav Babić, Julietta Sichel
All Croatian widows of war living with new partners in domestic partnerships become a state issue. In order to hunt down the love offenders, the government sends a wrong man. Krešo, an unemployed biologist, is a man with low self-esteem and a dysfunctional marriage.
Pavo Marinković (1967) holds a degree in Dramaturgy from the Academy of Dramatic Arts. His dramas have been awarded and staged on numerous occasions. In 2006, he co-directed Trešeta (he also co-authored the screenplay). In 2009, he made his first independent project Love Life of a Gentle Coward that garnered him three Golden Arenas at the Pula Film Festival. In 2013, he directed a real full-length documentary Occupation, the 27th Picture, which premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
SHOOTING STARS (Narodni heroj Ljiljan Vidić)
DIRECTOR: Ivan-Goran Vitez
PRODUCER: Ivan Maloča
WW II. National liberation movement is falling apart. Young poet Ljiljan Vidić joins partisans and has to write a song with which their band will win at the national talent show and get the chance to perform at the party where they can kill Hitler and bring the war to its end.
Ivan-Goran Vitez (1975) is the director of two feature-length films, Forest Creatures (2010) and Shooting Stars (2015), documentary Small Hands (2001), short-length The Death of the Seals (2000), 61st Pula Film Festival opening film Acorn by Acorn (2014), TV comedy series Bumps and Princesses and Zakon!, as well as theatre productions A Soap Bubble (2011), Cabaret na crno (2013) and puppet play Seasons (2016).
PRODUCERS: Gordana Vnuk
Unexperienced actors, premiere in New York and a controversial Croatian theatre director all become part of the mix. Actors are being challenged with hard work on themselves, many production problems and extremely high expectations. As the film crew joins the movie, they all become part of the play Confusions. A film that started as a making of and developed into a creative documentary.
Lana Kosovac received a degree in Political Science from the Zagreb Faculty of Political Science and a degree in Film and Television Directing from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. Her student short and documentary films were presented at several Croatian and international film festivals. The documentary film Park of Love (2013) received the Liburnia Film Festival audience award and her graduation feature film Alone (2014) was screened as part of Pula Film Festival's student films programme.
Croatia, 2016 | 70’40''
ON THE OTHER SIDE (S druge strane)
PRODUCER: Ivan Maloča
Having returned from The Hague where he served a longtime prison sentence for the war crimes committed in Croatia and in Bosnia, Žarko contacts his wife Vesna, a visiting nurse who hasn't heard from him for twenty years, wishing to revive their relationship. When Žarko abandoned her, Vesna and their children moved from the town of Sisak to the city of Zagreb, trying to hide her and her children's identity in a big city, and to protect her children from their father's “legacy”.
Zrinko Ogresta (1958) graduated in Film and Television Directing at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb where he works as professor of film directing. Some of the most notable awards include a nomination for the European Film Award in the category of best young director for the film Fragments, Prix Italia for Washed Out and Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary Festival for Here. He is a member of the European Film Academy.
Croatia/Serbia, 2016 | 85’
ALL THE BEST (Sve najbolje)
DIRECTOR: Snježana Tribuson
PRODUCER: Ankica Jurić Tilić
Pastry-shop worker Verica and opera singers Brankica and Martin are the protagonists of this story about loneliness and search for love. We will also get to know two nurses who think a lot about men, one farmer with strange farming talents, a gravely ill woman of an unusual sexual orientation, a handyman who adores all “pretty women”, and we will watch how an accidental series of events entwines their destinies and makes unsolvable situations solvable. It is unlikely that several cockroaches, beet root soup and an opera aria can play an important role in all that, but in this story they do.
Snježana Tribuson holds a degree in Film and Television Directing from the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has directed a series of television drama series and films, among which also the award-winning Crna kronika ili Dan žena and Three Love Stories. Her feature-length directorial debut Recognition received three Golden Arenas, God Forbid a Worse Thing Should Happen two and The Three Men of Melita Žganjer three awards. She co-authored screenplays for 55 episodes of the hit TV series Odmori se, zaslužio si and she directed around thirty episodes.
DIRECTOR: Katarina Zrinka Matijević
PRODUCER: Ivan Maloča
Blue Trampoline. Flashes of lightning over the city. That is the junction at which our meandering stories meet. Running away from her mother, a seven-year-old Lina meets a teenage girl Nika and a forty-year-old woman Nikolina, two mirrors into what Lina's own future might bring. The three female characters share a similar destiny. Their encounter will change their lives and reveal painful ruptures in their families. This is a film about love, but it is not a romance film. The little girl is seeking motherly love, the young girl runs away from it and the mother is trying to find love for motherhood.
Katarina Zrinka Matijević (Zagreb, 1973) obtained a degree in Film and TV Directing at the Academy of Dramatic Art, and holds a degree in Philosophy and Comparative Literature from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. Her student film Duel won many awards, as well as the Jelena Rajković Award, the Oktavijan Award, and the Grand Prix at the Croatian Film Days. Her second documentary Of Cows and Men (co-directed with Nebojša Slijepčević) was screened at major documentary festivals. She directed a feature documentary Peščenopolis (2003) and A Two Way Mirror (2016).
Croatia, 2016 | 82’
THE BLUE CAGE (Modri kavez)
DIRECTOR: Bruna Bajić
PRODUCER: Žana Bajić
Having lived in a family of seafarers for thirty years, the director has been prompted by people who live off and for the sea, and by the love for her father. The Blue Cage gives credit to people who left this world without any trace of their incredible prowess that Mediterranean seamen where known for around the world. The film openly talks about 12 incredible stories selected to testify about all the secrets, positive and negative aspects, as well as specificities of seafaring.
Bruna Bajić (Split, 1983) received a master’s degree from the Split Art Academy: Film, Media Culture and Animation (2013). During her studies she directed and edited some 20 films. In 2012, she directed the documentary Croatian Rhapsody: Maksim Mrvica. Her second documentary film The Blue Cage, for which she launched the first successful crowdfunding campaign, is accompanied by a book entitled Director’s Memoires: Path to the Blue Cage.
Croatia, 2015 | 95’
LIFE IS A TRUMPET (Život je truba)
DIRECTOR: Antonio Nuić
PRODUCER: Boris T. Matić
Family gatherings are a perfect opportunity to settle some old scores and to start with new clashes. The film presents two large family gatherings: a wedding and a Christmas Eve dinner. The groom, the protagonist, is a loose jazz musician who is trying to make peace between his father, a butcher, brother, a gambler, and his mother, a retired accountant. His young wife and her unusual parents generously offer their help.
Antonio Nuić (1977, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) graduated in Film and TV Directing from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. He is a member of the Croatian Film Directors’ Guild and the European Film Academy. Feature films: Donkey (2009) and All for Free (2006).
Croatia/Slovenia/Serbia/Montenegro/United Kingdom, 2015 | 92’