Dalibor Matanic directs the fast-paced Croatian film noir Fine Dead Girls. Looking for a small place to live together, medical student Iva (Olga Pakalovic) and her girlfriend Marija (Nina Violic) move into an apartment building in Zagreb filled with addicts, abusers, prostitutes, and other creepy characters. Landlords Olga (Inge Appelt) and Blaz (Ivica Vidovic) are no more friendly than the rest of their neighbors, and their delinquent son, Daniel (Kresimir Mikic), is overly attracted to Iva despite his homophobia. Eventually, Marija’s intolerant father tries to sabotage the two girls, leading to a violent conclusion. Continue reading
One of the most terrible ills of our time, people trafficking, follows the so-called Balkans Route for smuggling people into the West. Bosnian and Croatian papers often carry stories about groups of illegal immigrants discovered by the police, and just as frequent are the news of such imimigrants’ deaths. The Melon Route is inspired by the true story of twelve illegal immigrants who drowned in the river Sava on the border of Bosnia and Croatia. This event has been enlarged in the script, and seen through the eyes of a young Chinese girl, who loses her father in the accident. She enters into a tenuous relationship with an ex-Croatian Army soldier, a cured drug addict suffering from PTSD, who lost everything in the war. The linguistic and cultural barriers between the two protagonists give an added dimension to the film, shot through by the painful realization that it is hard to carry an inescapable burden: one’s place of birth. Continue reading
…who is the creature built from people?
Why is it wearing a crown and what is it doing with a pastoral in one hand and a sword in the other?
How come people shake hands with skeletons and stones obediently pile up, forming a pedestal for a golden statue?
What’s more, why are petals, of all things, swirling within streams of grey smoke?
Jerky but smiling characters from this short film will take the audience through this animated pageant inspired by a book “The Leviathan” by Thomas Hobbes, written in 1651.
You’ve guessed it…
It’s all about what happens…when shit hits the fan!
Stiges Festival wrote:
An animated parable about the war and its disasters. A critique about the violation of human rights. A mind-blowing 3D visual journey through the hell that man reproduces on Earth.
A contemporary and urban story about two lesbian girls, in the middle of modern Zagreb. The film tells a story, in a very fun and interesting way, about the subject that in the Balkans is not discussed but only judged. And all this in the atmosphere of socio-economic fall and social uprising. This brought this film the main award of Pula festival in 2002. “Nice Dead Girls” was the Croatian Oscar candidate in 2003. Continue reading