Croatia

Zrinko Ogresta – S one strane AKA On the Other Side (2016)

20 years ago, Vesna moved her family to Zagreb, away from the events that almost destroyed their lives. However, an unexpected call will bring back the memory of a secret that she has been trying to hide all these years. Read More »

Zrinko Ogresta – Iza stakla aka Behind The Glass (2008)

A man has to deal with a handful of crises — some of his own making — in this drama from Croatian writer and director Zrinko Ogresta. Nikolai (Leon Lucev) is an architect whose life is taking a turn for the worse on several levels at once. One of Nikolai’s business partners is attempting to frame him for some serious white-collar crime, his young daughter is demanding more time from him than he’s able to give, his wife Maya (Jandranka Dokic) makes it painfully obvious that she had no respect for him anymore, and his mistress Anna (Daria Lorenci) is growing tired of being the other woman. Anna is also one of Nikolai’s co-workers, which causes problems both at the office and at home, and when both Maya and Anna give him his walking papers, his life goes into a tailspin. Iza Stakla (aka Behind The Glass was an official selection at the 2008 Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Read More »

Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic – Murina (2021)

Tensions rise between restless teenager Julija and her oppressive father Ante when an old family friend arrives at their Croatian island home. As Ante attempts to broker a life-changing deal, their tranquil yet isolated existence leaves Julija wanting more from this influential visitor, who provides a taste of liberation over a weekend laid bare to desire and violence. Read More »

Tomislav Radic – Sto je Iva snimila 21. listopada 2003. aka What Iva Recorded (2005)

Plot summary (found on IMDB):
Iva is a girl who receives a small digital video camera for her fourteenth birthday. Delighted by her new toy, the girl immediately starts taping everything around her, recording a series of events surrounding her birthday celebration on her first tape. These ninety minutes form the film What Iva Recorded on October 21st, 2003. Read More »

Dalibor Baric – Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery Rebus (2020)

Martin tried to fight the system and is now on the run. Sara is a conceptual artist. Together, they join the revolutionary commune in the countryside and become the target of the police. Inspector Ambroz knows that the right questions are more important than the answers, because perhaps none of this is true.

Quote:
Exploding the possibilities of animation and genre, Dalibor Barić’s dazzling debut dances from noir to sci-fi, from Philip K. Dick to Tarkovsky with philosophical abandon. Through a vivid array of technical effects, this hyper-sensory rush punches a hole in the fabric of nostalgia and reality. Read More »

Tomislav Mrsic – Pula povjerljivo AKA Pula Confidential (2003)

Excellent documentary about the history of Yugoslavian Film Festival in Pula and ex-Yu cinema in general. Produced by HTV Croatian Television.

The festival was originally started in 1954 and within a few years it became the centerpiece event of the Yugoslav film industry, with first national awards being presented in 1957. This lasted until 1991, when the festival was canceled due to the breakup of Yugoslavia. Read More »

Sanja Milardovic – Nista ja tebi ne govorim, samo kazem AKA I’m Not Telling You Anything, Just Sayin’ (2020)

A thirty-year-old Zrinka arrives to her hometown of Rijeka for few days to do some location scouting for a film she is working on. She stays at her mother Tanja’s place. Zrinka gradually becomes aware of her mother’s strange behaviour. She takes her location scouting in order to spend time with her and find out what is troubling her. Tanja keeps quiet and seclusive until she experiences an emotional breakdown. Zrinka realizes it is now up to her to step up and take on a role of a parent. Read More »