Croatian film

Selected films:

Children of Transition, Matija Vukšić 
Naked Island, Tiha Gudac 
Ungiven, Branko Schmidt
Love or Death, Daniel Kušan
Consumed, Borut Šeparović 
The Spirits Diary, Damir Čučić 
The Enchanting Porkers, Ivan Livaković
These Are the Rules, Ognjen Sviličić
You Carry Me, Ivona Juka
Zagreb Stories Vol. 3, group of authors
The High Sun, Dalibor Matanić


Children of Transition
Documentary film, Croatia, 2014, 82 min

Director: Matija Vukšić
Producer: Nenad Puhovski - Factum
Screenplay: Matija Vukšić
Lead actress: /
Lead actor: /
Supporting actresses: /
Supporting actors: /
DOP: Mario Marko Krce; Montaža: Ana Šerić
Art director: /
Costumes: /;
Music: Bianca Ban
Sound: Ivan Šmintić
Make up: /;
Special effects: /

Children of Transition is a coming-of-age story about David, Natalija, Lana and Marta. What do a happy childhood and healthy growing up look like? Are they possible in a society which has not yet reached its own maturity? This is a film about the environment we create for our common future.


Naked Island
Documentary film, Croatia, 2014, 75 min

Director: Tiha K. Gudac
Producer: Nenad Puhovski - Factum
Screenplay: Tiha K. Gudac
Lead actress: /
Lead actor: /
Supporting actresses: /
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DOP: Eva Kraljević, Tamara Cesarec, Srđan Kovačević, Tiha K. Gudac
Editor: Dragan von Petrovic
Art director: /
Costumes: /;
Music: Dubravko Robić
Sound: Ivan Zelić
Make-up: /;
Special effects: Bruno Razum

Some sixty years ago, a man went missing for four years. He returned back a changed man carrying along a painful secret. He later built his family’s life around this unspoken secret. Talking about the past was forbidden in the family. . Naked Island is an investigation built upon the ruins of the past, a mosaic made of clues – family photos and intimate testimonies of a tightknit group of people who were brought together by the same place, a political prison in ex-Yugoslavia that was also known as an island of broken souls, and consequences that this place left on three generations.


Drama, Croatia, 2015, 83 min

Director: Branko Schmidt
Producers: Goran Radman, Hrvatska radiotelevizija
Screenplay: Josip Mlakić
Lead actress: Nada Đurevska
Lead actor: Ivo Gregurević
Supporting actresses: /
Supporting actors: Goran Bogdan
DOP: Dragan Ruljančić
Editors: Vesna Lažeta, Hrvoje Mršić
Art director: Ivana Škrabalo
Costumes: Lena Andrijević
Music: /;
Sound: Ognjen Popić
Make-up: Jasna Rossini
Special effects: Branko Repalust, Kristijan Repalust

Determined to move on with their life violently interrupted by war several years ago, an elderly couple returns to their restored home. We follow their everyday life through the four seasons. Every day She becomes more absent and lost. Instead of helping her, He acts brutishly, sometimes even cruelly, towards his wife. However, the realisation that something is wrong with Her will make Him question his behaviour and values.


Love or Death
Children's film, Croatia, 2014., 95 min

Director: Daniel Kušan
Producer: Ankica Jurić Tilić - Kinorama
Screenplay: Daniel Kušan
Lead actress: Vanja Markovinović
Lead actor: Antonio Parač
Supporting actresses: Nina Mileta, Tesa Litvan, Tara Thaller, Korana Ugrina, Ilijana Knežević
Supporting actors: Kristian Bonačić, Filip Mayer, Marin Stević
DOP: Mario Sablić i Filip Tot
Editor: Slaven Zečević
Art director: Ivan Veljača
Costumes: Emina Kušan
Music: Dinko Appelt;
Sound: Dubravka Premar
Make-up: Mojca Gorogranc Petrushevska
Special effects: Branko Repalust, Kristijan Repalust

It seems that football is still the most important thing in Koko's life and Zlatko is still spending every second reading books and scolding Koko for being immature. To prove him wrong, Koko tells him that he is unhappily in love with the mysterious girl, a girl who is as magical as the heroines from Zlatko’s novels. Koko’s sister Marica, friends Ema and Melita have their own band – Koko’s team will go to a concert, as will the girls go to their football games. We will find out whether the boys are really that interested in music and the girls in football in the new film from the Koko serial.


Documentary film, Croatia, 2014, 93 min

Director: Borut Šeparović
Producer: Borut Šeparović - Montažstroj
Screenplay: Borut Šeparović
Lead actress: /
Lead actor: /
Supporting actresses: /
Supporting actors: /
DOP: Vjekoslav Gašparović, Denis Lepur, David Oguić, Goran Ostojić, Tomislav Pović, Ivan Slipčević, Marko Stanić
Editor: Jan Klemsche
Art director: Borut Šeparović
Costumes: /;
Music: Martin Semenčić
Sound: Martin Semenčić
Make-up: /;
Special effects: /

The protagonists of the film are persons over the age of 55 – those who have more than 30 million minutes of life behind them. The film shows their partaking in an audition and in the process of making a theatre performance and a documentary. They are challenged to tell about the most important minute in their life in as many seconds as their age. They talk about life and death, happiness and pain in a brutally honest way. CONSUMED records the process in which the protagonists become more than just randomly gathered individuals: As a collective, they have to deal with the decades of their own.


The Spirits Diary
Experimental documentary, Croatia, 2015, 81 min

Director: Damir Čučić
Producer: Vera Robić-Škarica, Hrvatski filmski savez
Screenplay: Damir Čučić, Mario Haber, Boris Poljak
Lead actress: /
Lead actor: Mario Haber
Supporting actresses: /
Supporting actors: /
DOP: Boris Poljak
Editor: Damir Čučić
Art director: /
Costumes: /;
Music: Goran Štrbac
Sound: Martin Semenčić
Make-up: /;
Special effects: /

Mario Haber (aka Eric Maria Strom) was a modern-day alchemist: a professional sound engineer who illegaly distilled spirits in his basement, a sort of sanctuary where he used to invite his friends and occasional lovers to taste and enjoy his home made brandy. For over a decade, Mario recorded conversations taking place around the house and the fermenter, until the day he himself turned into a spirit. The Spirits Diary is a later day visual reconstruction of those original audio recordings, a film you need ”to see with your ears”.


The Enchanting Porkers
Black comedy, Croatia, 2015, 95 min

Director: Ivan Livaković
Producers: Sanja Vejnović, Goran Mećava, Ivan Maloča, Fos Film
Co-producer: HRT, Interfilm, Jadran film, Studio Ritem
Screenplay: Ivan Livaković
Lead actress: Iva Visković
Lead actor: Marin Radman
Supporting actresses: Ana Maras, Iva Mihalić, Ivana Roščić, Marina Redžepović, Jasna Bilušić, Nera Stipičević, Senka Bulić, Ljerka Boroša, Jadranka Matković
Supporting actors: Damir Poljičak, Goran Bogdan, Vili Matula, Slaven Knezović, Ivica Gunjača, Srećko Vujčić, Miloš Vujsić, Miran Kurspahić
DOP: Daniel Ruljančić
Editor: Maida Srabović
Art director: Željka Burić
Costumes: Lidija Sertić
Music: Martian war machine
Sound: Borna Buljević, Tonći Tafra
Make-up: Iva Kurobasa, Tina Jesenković
Special effects: Branko Repalust
Visual effects: Vedran Štefan

The Enchanting Porkers are a satirical antimusical dealing with the phenomena of media sensationalism and the overwhelming news bombarding which trivializes the most serious painful themes .It talks about the media manipulation, mass hysteria, thirst for fame and how people are ready to do just about anything, more than ever before, to get their 15 minutes in the spotlight.


These Are The Rules
Drama, Croatia, France, Serbia, Macedonia, 2014, 77 min

Director: Ognjen Sviličić
Producers: Damir Terešak, Janja Kralj – Maxima Film
Co-productions: Kinoelektron (France), Biberche Productions (Serbia) Nikolina Vučetić
Zečević, Trice Films Skopje (Macedonia) Svetozar Ristovski
Screenplay: Ognjen Sviličić
Lead actress: Jasna Žalica
Lead actor: Emir Hadžihafizbegović
Supporting actresses: Veronika Mach, Ana Begić, Sanja Drakulić, Mirta Zečević, Mirela Brekalo
Supporting actors: Hrvoje Vladisavljević, Goran Bogdan, Nikša Butijer, Slaven Španović, Stjepan Perić
DOP: Crystel Fournier
Editor: Atanas Georgiev
Art director: Ivan Veljača
Costumes: Katarina Zaninović
Music: /;
Sound: Tomislav Gašparić, Jean-Guy Veran
Make-up: Irena Hadrović
Special effects: /

Ivo is a 50-year old busdriver. His spouse Maja is a housewife. Their son Tomica isabout to graduate from high school. They live in an old socialist building in Zagreb and are content with their calm and ordinary life. Everything changes when Tomica comes home beaten up.


You Carry Me
Drama, Croatia, 2015, 155 min

Director: Ivona Juka
Producer: Anita Juka - Četiri Film d.o.o.
Co-productions: Vertigo zavod za kulturne dejavnosti (Ljubljana, Slovenia) - Danijel Hočevar; Sloane Film Production d.o.o. (Belgrade, Serbia) - Biljana Niković; Jabuka d.o.o. (Montenegro)
Screenplay: Ivona Juka
Lead actress: Nataša Dorčić, Lana Barić, Helena Beljan
Lead actor: Vojislav Brajović
Supporting actress: Nataša Janjić
Supporting actors: Sebastian Cavazza, Goran Hajduković, Filip Križan, Juraj Dabić (as Jan) and Bruno Klabučar
DOP: Mario Oljača
Editor: Vladimir Gojun
Art director: Fm Marketing, Lirnes Design, Art Centar, Vladimir Đurović, Ivan Ivan
Costumes: Ivana Zozoli Vargović
Music: Teho Teardo
Sound: Julij Zornik, Studio Nazor d.o.o., Studio 100 d.o.o.
Make-up: Snježana Gorup
Special effects: Mirnovec d.o.o., Nikola Koletić, Stjepan Župančić, Matija Cesnik, Mato Vrban, Marko Runkas, Branko Repalust
Visual effects: Zoran Čulić, Nebojša Rogić

Dora is a neglected girl, who dreams about becoming a football manager. Suddenly, her outlaw father enters her life and they build a close relationship. Ives, a soap opera director, nurses her father who suffers from Alzheimer’s. As she loses him, she gradually loses the ground beneath her feet. Nataša, successful producer, is pregnant. When things go awry for her, she decides to confront her estranged father. Three daughters battle for acceptance, redemption and new opportunities.


Zagreb Stories Vol. 3
Omnibus, Croatia, 2015, 95 min

Directors: Ivan Salaj, Pero Orešković, Matija Vukšić, Vlatka Vorkapić, Danilo Šerbedžija, Radislav Jovanov Gonzo
Producers: Boris T. Matić i Lana Ujdur

Omnibus episodes:

Resistance Day
Running time: 18'
Director: Ivan Salaj
Screenplay: Ivan Salaj, based on a short story by Roberta Perišića "No God in Susedgrad"
Leading roles: Filip Križan, Borko Perić, Ivana Rushaidat, Franjo Dijak
DOP: Silvio Jesenković
Editor: Dubravka Turić
Art Director: Veronika Radman
Costumes: Katarina Zaninović
On May Day, two good-for-nothings decide to pay a visit to their old friend and meet his wife and kid…

Celebration of Democracy
Running time: 13'55''
Director: Pero Orešković
Screenplay: Natko Jurdana
Leading Roles: Franjo Džimi Jurčec, Tihana Lazović, Pjer Meničanin, Slavica Knežević, Enes Vejzović
DOP: Mak Vejzović
Editor: Ana Marija Sremec
Art Director: Veronika Radman
Costumes: Katarina Zaninović
If you're old, poor and crazy,
f*ck the system,
don't be lazy!

Goran's Street
Running time: 6' 55''
Director: Matija Vukšić
Screenplay: Matija Vukšić
Leading roles: Mia Rendić, Juraj Čižić
DOP: Raul Brzić
Editor: Vladimir Gojun
Art Director: Veronika Radman
Costumes: Katarina Zaninović
On the Feast of the Assumption, in the deserted downtown Zagreb, little Lana meets a next-door boy who spends his days looking through the window. A simple suggestion to play together will reveal a secret that will make Lana question her attitude to God, life and herself.

Running time: 16'
Director: Vlatka Vorkapić
Screenplay: Vlatka Vorkapić
Leading roles: Judita Franković, Ksenija Marinković
DOP: Dragan Marković
Editor: Marin Juranić
Art Director: Veronika Radman
Costumes: Morana Starčević
Who are the three men the daughter sees when she visits her mother?

Running time: 19'47''
Director: Danilo Šerbedžija
Screenplay: Danilo Šerbedžija
Leading roles: Živko Anočić, Lucija Šerbedžija
DOP: Danko Vučinović
Editor: Jan Klemsche
Art Director: Veronika Radman
Costumes: Katarina Zaninović
You fall into routine, and close your self in a cocoon. And then an unexpected, absurd detail unleashes an outpour of repressed emotions.

Running time: 18'13''
Director: Radislav Jovanov Gonzo
Screenplay: Jasna Žmak
Leading roles: Jelena Lopatić, Jerko Marčić, Mate Gulin
DOP: Danko Vučinović
Editor: Anita Jovanov
Art Director: Veronika Radman
Costumes: Morana Starčević
May Day is about to be particularly hard for Bruno and Iva: not only will they both have to work, but their bicycle – their only transport – will be stolen. However, an early retired neighbor will save the day and thus give a new meaning to some old things…


The High Sun
Romance/drama, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, 2015, 123 min

Director: Dalibor Matanić
Producer: Ankica Jurić Tilić – Kinorama
Co-producers: Gustav film (Slovenia) - Petra Vidmar, Frenk Celarc; SEE Film Pro (Serbia) – Nenad Dukić, Miroslav Mogorović
Screenplay: Dalibor Matanić
Lead actress: Tihana Lazović
Lead actor: Goran Marković
Supporting actresses: Nives Ivanković, Mira Banjac, Lukrecija Tudor, Tara Rosandić, Ksenija Marinković
Supporting actors: Dado Ćosić, Stipe Radoja, Trpimir Jurkić, Slavko Sobin
DOP: Marko Brdar
Montaža: Tomislav Pavlic
Art director: Mladen Ožbolt
Costumes: Ana Savić Gecan
Music: Alen Sinkauz i Nenad Sinkauz;
Sound: Julij Zornik
Make-up: Mojca Gorogranc Petrushevska, Talija Ivančič
Special effects: Branko Repalust
Visual effects: Nebojša Rogić

Three different love stories, set in three consecutive decades, in two neighbouring Balkan villages burdened with a long history of inter-ethnic hatred: this is a film about the dangers – and the enduring strength – of forbidden love.



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