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Country Focus Croatia
A Two Way Mirror Katarina Zrinka Matijević

Impressive nature shots of the Lika region in the Croatian interior filmed over the four seasons form a contrast to the director’s off-screen autobiographical tale – four lost pregnancies, separation, and epilepsy.

A Two Way Mirror

Documentary Film
Croatia
2016
42 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Nenad Puhovski, Tamara Babun
Katarina Zrinka Matijević
Šumovi protiv valova
Vjeran Hrpka
Ana Štulina
Katarina Zrinka Matijević
Vesna Biljan Pušić, Ivan Zelić
Impressive nature shots of the Lika region in the Croatian interior filmed over the four seasons, some with a macro camera, form a contrast to the director’s off-screen autobiographical tale – four lost pregnancies, separation, and epilepsy. Poetic images of blades of grass and animals, water and tunnels, allegorise the mental struggle for survival and focus on beauty despite all painful experiences. The film, in which not only the director’s individual traumatic past but the collective history of the country are inscribed, functions as a meditative self-reflection of universal value.

Borjana Gaković

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

After Party

Documentary Film
Croatia
2018
22 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Marin Leo Janković, Laura Vuksan
Viktor Zahtila
Karla Jurić
Elena Radošević, Viktor Zahtila
Viktor Zahtila
A universal story of separation about two lovers who can’t live together. These arguments about concepts of life and love, hedonism and principles are cleverly staged and told in five chapters, with a full dose of eroticism, with obsessive jump cuts and beautifully photographed – complete with an excursion on the homophobia of Croatian everyday society.

Borjana Gaković

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus Croatia
Ghost in the Machine Leon Rizmaul

This experimental documentary which addresses the materiality and technicality of images, takes a look at media history, exploring what happens with narratives slumbering in (television) archives.

Ghost in the Machine

Documentary Film
Croatia
2018
27 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Sunčana Hrvatin Kunić
Leon Rizmaul
Marko Lucijan Hrašćanec
Ivan Brezovec
Hrvoje Mršić
Tajana Prpić
This experimental documentary which addresses the materiality and technicality of images and was produced by Croatian public television takes a look at media history, exploring what happens with narratives slumbering in (television) archives when the devices to play them no longer exist. With the participation of Irena Vrkljan, dffb graduate of the first hour, this poetic documentary reflects (television) life in a frequently repressed era – Yugoslavian real socialism. In a way that is now unusually affectionate for the Post-Yugoslav region.

Borjana Gaković

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus Croatia
Mezostajun Ivan Ramljak

In the dialect of the Island of Korčula, “mezostajun” means shoulder season, time of transition. Static shots taken with a 16mm camera show the deserted island after the season.

Mezostajun

Documentary Film
Croatia
2018
20 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Vanja Jambrović, Tibor Keser
Ivan Ramljak
Smiljka Guštak
Damir Čučić, Jelena Maksimović
Ivan Ramljak
Jakov Munižaba
In the dialect of the Island of Korčula, “mezostajun” means shoulder season, time of transition. Static shots taken with a 16mm camera show the deserted island after the season, revealing its architectures. Off-screen we hear – par contre – the lively voices of the summer guests, their interactions with the inhabitants of the island, filled with misunderstandings, their daily conversations, children playing, the traditional music of the area.

Borjana Gaković

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus Croatia
Naked Island Tiha K. Gudac

In her autobiographical documentary, the director addresses a dark chapter of Yugoslavian real socialism – the persecution of persons declared “politically unsuitable” and enemies of the people during the Tito era.

Naked Island

Documentary Film
Croatia
2014
76 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Nenad Puhovski
Tiha K. Gudac
Dubravko Robić
Eva Kraljević, Tamara Cesarec, Srđan Kovačević, Tiha K. Gudac
Dragan Petrović
Bruno Razum
Tiha K. Gudac
Ivan Zelić
In her autobiographical documentary, the director addresses a dark chapter of Yugoslavian real socialism – the persecution of persons declared “politically unsuitable” and enemies of the people during the Tito era. Her grandfather survived imprisonment in a camp for political prisoners on the barren island of Goli otok, where torture and brutal harassment were part of daily life. The family never talked about this; he took his story to his grave. In conversations with family members, surviving friends and with the help of family photos Tiha Gudac tries to understand where the scars on her grandfather’s body came from that burned themselves into her memory.

Borjana Gaković

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus Croatia
The Parade Arijana Lekić-Fridrih

An aesthetic and image-political examination of the glorification of war and the annually recurring military demonstration of power – emancipatory, without dialogue and in black and white.

The Parade

Documentary Film
Croatia
2016
8 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Arijana Lekić-Fridrih
Arijana Lekić-Fridrih
Ivan Lukić
Nikolina Hržić
Arijana Lekić-Fridrih
Nikolina Hržić
An aesthetic and image-political examination of the glorification of war and the annually recurring military demonstration of power – emancipatory, without dialogue and in black and white.

Borjana Gaković

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus Croatia
The Steel Mill Café Goran Dević

For decades, a couple managed a small pub at Sisak bus station, right next to the entrance of one of the once biggest steel mills in Eastern Europe. The film documents the last days before the Buffet Željezara closes

The Steel Mill Café

Documentary Film
Croatia
2017
61 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Hrvoje Osvadić
Goran Dević
Vedran Rapo
Vladimir Gojun
Goran Dević
Martin Semenčić, Ivan Zelić
For decades, a couple managed a small pub at Sisak bus station, right next to the entrance of one of the once biggest steel mills in Eastern Europe. A former symbol of the growth of socialist economy, Sisak now looks like a ghost town. The factory is long closed, the workers have moved away or retired. The film documents the last days before the Buffet Željezara closes whose managers now want to try their luck in Germany. In the last pub talks, the few remaining regulars give free rein to racist resentment as well as conspiracy theories about global politics.

Borjana Gaković

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus Croatia
They Just Come and Go Boris Poljak

One of the most highly-frequented party beaches on the Croatian coast during peak season. The tourists exuberantly end their day; the locals begin to clean up.

They Just Come and Go

Documentary Film
Croatia
2017
20 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Vera Robić-Škarica
Boris Poljak
Boris Poljak
Damir Čučić
Martin Semenčić
The observant, patient camera documents dawn at one of the most highly-frequented party beaches on the Croatian coast during peak season. The tourists exuberantly end their day; the locals begin to clean up.

Borjana Gaković

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus Croatia
Where To? Lidija Špegar

Day and night Ljiljana, a young woman from the Croatian province of Slavonia, drives a taxi in the Croatian capital of Zagreb. Not only a portrait of contemporary Croatian society but also of a precarious existence.

Where To?

Documentary Film
Croatia
2017
52 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Tibor Keser
Lidija Špegar
Porto Morto
Rino Barbir
Iva Ivan
Srđan Popović
A taxi film. Day and night Ljiljana, a young woman from the Croatian province of Slavonia, drives a taxi in the Croatian capital of Zagreb. From the yellowish shots in the narrow interior of her car and conversations with passengers from all walks of life and “from all over the world” unfolds not only a portrait of contemporary Croatian society but also of a precarious existence. An intelligent film that discusses the transition processes, the migration, global capitalism and the (failed) transition from one social system to another in an entertaining and yet resigned way.

Borjana Gaković

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus Croatia
White Trash Sunčica Ana Veldić

This experimental documentary shows a garbage dump in a misty dawn on which not only people operate diggers, practise biology and protect the environment but seagulls go about their daily job, too.

White Trash

Documentary Film
Croatia
2017
12 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Sunčica Ana Veldić
Sunčica Ana Veldić
Zdravko Medvešek
Ante Cvitanović
Jan Klemsche, Sunčica Ana Veldić, Marta Broz
Sunčica Ana Veldić
Martin Semenčić, Lana Horvatić
This experimental documentary shows a garbage dump in a misty dawn on which not only people operate diggers, practise biology and protect the environment but seagulls go about their daily job, too.

Borjana Gaković

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.