Tag Archives: Croatian

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 »

Fadil Hadzic – Ambasador (1984)

Director Fadil Hadzic convincingly presented the life of an official, his rise and fall and the inability to establish normal relations with his own children.

One day in the life of former ambassador, Vlado Milkovic, and his family.
Ambassador’s younger son (Zeljko Königsknecht) is a car thief, and older son is a doctor (Vojislav Brajovic) whose salary mostly goes to support his wife (Nina Erak-Svrtan). And there is a daughter who thinks about her deceased mother, and her suicide… 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.

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 »

Bogdan Zizic – Ne naginji se van aka Don’t Lean Out the Window (1977)

Ne naginji se van (1977)

Encouraged by the stories of guest workers who pay visit to their homeland, a young man Filip finds himself on a central station in Frankfurt on the Main, Germany. While looking for his old friend Mate who would help him to get around in new environment, Filip experiences one trouble after another until he finally finds Mate lethally wounded. Read More »

Branko Schmidt – Sokol ga nije volio AKA Sokol Did Not Love Him (1988)

Sokol ga nije volio (1988)

The story begins in a small rural village in Slavonia, Ladimirevci in 1943, where a land owner Shima is helping the Partisan Movement and the official Ustasha regime in order to save the life of his son Benosh, who is enlisted in the German army. Shima doesn’t want to let his son fight for the wrong side any more, and doesn’t want to give him to the Partisans either, so he hides him in his attic for the time being. The story is interwoven with episodes of Shima trying to muster a beautiful stallion – Sokol – who only answers to his son Benosh and clearly doesn’t like his old man… Written by Kristijan Stakor Read More »