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<<< May 16 - 18, 2008
|Croatian Film TodayPresented in Collaboration with Consulate General
of the Republic of Croatia in Los Angeles, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia,
Croatian Audiovisual Center.
With support from ELMA
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This series is an Aero Theatre Exclusive!
Only months after the Lumiere Brothers had dazzled Paris society with their tiny
magical moving pictures, cinema arrived in the Croatian capital of Zagreb on October 3,
1896. Over a century later, the Croatian film industry has persevered. Neither political,
societal nor financial hurdles were able to silence the voices of Croatian filmmakers. In
1961, Croatia's first Academy Award went to animated short "The Substitute"
(Surogat) by Duan Vukotic. The honor brought worldwide acclaim to the Zagreb School
of Animation, which utilized a new aesthetic, based on avant garde abstract painting,
constructivism and cubism. French historian Georges Sadoul named the school after eight of
these inspired animated films screened at the 1959 Cannes Festival. Croatia's Jadran Film
Studios has a 63-year tradition and is a wonderful reservoir of film history, not just
Croatian cinema but of world cinema. During the 1970s and 1980s, Jadran became famous for
its co-productions with the U.S. During those years, Croatia hosted the filming of
features including SOPHIE'S CHOICE, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and THE TIN DRUM, as well as TV
miniseries "The Winds of War" and "War and Remembrance." The Pula Film
Festival, Croatia's largest and one of Europe's oldest film festivals, will hold its 55th
edition this year.
After WWII and the tight control of Communism, true auteurs slowly emerged who were not
afraid to critique the prevailing system. Miletic was a Croatian film pioneer, followed by
Bauer, Golik, Belan, Mimica, Tanhofer, Bulajic, Hadic. Later Papic, Babaja, Berkovic
and Vrdoljak were the leaders of cinematic auteurism -- different from one another in
their opuses, and so original. Just when it looked as if it couldn't get any better, the
students of the Prague School of Filmmaking -- Grlic, Zafranovic, Zalar gave new
life to the old guard as well as a new perspective to Tadic, orak and Radic, who
Deeply rooted in the country's national literature, Croatian films reflect Central
European attitudes about artistic expression. Life is typically portrayed realistically
and budgets are slim.
In the 1990s, after the Homeland War, a new era of cinema emerged within a newly
independent Croatia. The changes were obvious, and the new generation -- Brean,
Ogresta, Salaj, Nola, Schmidt, Hribar, Ostojic, Matanic -- used cinema to express not only
their own dramatic experiences during the war, but to deliver a portrait of contemporary
life in a newly independent country. Since then, even more strident and modern filmmakers
have emerged, such as Svilicic, Milic and arkovic. Here in Hollywood, Croatian
talent includes Oscar-winning producer Branko Lustig, (SCHINDLER'S
LIST, GLADIATOR), actor Goran Vinjic (ER, WELCOME TO SARAJEVO), Rade
erbedija (THE SAINT, EYES WIDE SHUT), Mira Furlan (LOST) and Goran Dukic
(WRISTCUTTERS: A LOVE STORY).
We are pleased to welcome special guests,
director Kristijian Milic and actor Filip Sovagovic from THE LIVING AND THE DEAD; and
director Hrvoje Hribar (WHAT IS A MAN WITHOUT A MUSTACHE?).
Friday, May 16 7:30 PM
THE LIVING AND THE DEAD (ZIVI I MRTVI), 2007,
109 min. Dir. Kristijan Milic. Based on the bestselling novel by Josef Mlakic, this
anti-war drama is one of the region's best films to emerge in many years. We follow the
story of two Croatian platoons, separated by ideology, uniforms and half a century,
fighting in the same Bosnian forest. The worlds of 1993 and WWII collide in a secret and
timeless cemetery. The author's intention of illustrating the madness and absurdity of war
is well demonstrated by an ensemble cast, but it is Velibor Topic's performance as the
human war machine that stands out. This directorial debut by Milic is a favorite among
festival programmers. NOT ON DVD. Discussion following with
director Kristijian Milic and Filip Sovagovic (lead actor, The Living & the
Dead). Croatian Wine tasting reception following the screening.
Saturday, May 17 7:30 PM
TRESSETTE: A STORY OF AN ISLAND (TRESETA),
2006, 80 min. Dir. Drazen Zarkovic. A bittersweet look at life in a small village on a
tiny Dalmatian island where four card-playing friends play Tressette every night. With
most of the island's population relocated to bigger cities, the friends are faced with a
dilemma when one of them unexpectedly dies. This brings the old man's daughter back to the
island where she decides to stay and explore new horizons. While the remaining three
friends approach several people, including the local priest to take their friend's place
at the table, many of the islands secrets are revealed. NOT
WHAT IS A MAN WITHOUT A MOUSTACHE?
(STO JE MUSKARAC BEZ BRKOVA), 2006, 109 min. Dir. Hrvoje Hribar. One of Croatia's best
romantic comedies in years! A poignant yet hilarious tale of a pretty young widow, an
aging emigrant who has returned home from Germany, and a priest from a bankrupt parish,
all struggling to come to terms with the post-war environment, complete with its
prejudices, illusions, and unpleasant mentality. What follows is a powerful, poignant
romantic comedy set in a rough landscape, about a woman who falls in love with a local
priest. He is not blind to her love, but he is unable to choose between the church and
her, until circumstance forces him to make his choice. NOT ON
DVD. Discussion following with Hrvoje Hribar (director, What's a Man without a
Sunday, May 18 7:30 PM
ARMIN, 2007, Maxima Film,
82 min. Dir. Ognjen Svilicic. Armin and his father travel from their small Bosnian town to
Zagreb, Croatia's capital, to audition for a movie. Armin's father, Ibro, desperately
wants his teenage son to be famous and makes him take acting classes, much to Armin's
embarrassment, while Armin just wants to play the accordion. A deeply touching film about
love and self respect, Svilicic's film has garnered several awards and festival
screenings, and it was Croatia's submission to this year's Academy Awards. NOT ON DVD
MELON ROUTE, 2006, HRT, 90 min. Dir. Branko Schmidt. Inspired by the true story of
12 illegal Chinese immigrants who drowned in the river Sava on the border of Bosnia and
Croatia during the war of the 1990s. One Chinese girl survives and seeks refuge in an old
house nearby. The house belongs to the former Croatian soldier who was ferrying the
refugees across the river. Initially he's reluctant to have her around but he soon warms
up to her when he realizes she's the target of ruthless human traffickers. The language
and cultural barriers between the two give an added dimension to the film. NOT ON DVD