Film Countries Archives: Croatia

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Housekeeping for Beginners Domakinstvo za pocetnici

  Goran Stolevski

  North Macedonia, Poland, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo     107 minutes

Synopsis

Dita lives in a large household with her girlfriend, her girlfriend’s daughters, and a group of other queer misfits in the North Macedonian capital. When circumstances force Dita to become the caretaker of the two troublemaking daughters, the reluctant adults of the house must figure out a way to keep this unlikely family safe from a society that is not ready to accept them.

Explosive clashes between the strong-willed, the fiercely independent, and the culturally at odds form a vibrating orchestral narrative that tests the household’s alliances and bonds. Goran Stolevski (You Won’t Be Alone) returns to the Festival with a chaotic and remarkably tender portrait of a found family and the powerful ties that bind those pushed to the margins of society.

 Albanian, Macedonian, Romani with subtitles

Screenings & Events

Film Credits

  •   Marija Dimitrova, Klaudia Śmieja-Rostworowska, Ankica Jurić Tilić, Beata Rzeźniczek, Milan Stojanović, Blerta Basholli
  •   Goran Stolevski
  •   Goran Stolevski
  •   Naum Doksevski
  •   Anamaria Marinca, Alina Serban, Samson Selim, Vladimir Tintor, Mia Mustafa, Dzada Selim, Sara Klimoska, Rozafë Çelaj, Ajse Useini
  •   Alen Sinkauz, Nenad Sinkauz
  •   List Production, Madants, Kinorama, Sense Production, Industria Film, Film i Väst, Common Ground Pictures, Causeway Films

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A young boy, wearing smeared red lipstick, lays back in bed holding back tears. A older woman lay next to him, comforting.

Lost Country

  Vladimir Perišić

  Serbia, France, Luxemburg, Croatia     98 minutes

Synopsis

Serbia, 1996. 15-year-old Stefan is torn. His close relationship with his mother, the television spokesperson for the authoritarian Milosevic regime, is causing him grief at school.  An election is approaching, and the nation — and his classmates — expect foul play from the party in power. When it becomes clear that the vote has been rigged, the students take to the streets to protest the fraudulent results, and the party meets the demonstrations with violence. His mother’s obvious corruption makes Stefan’s friends doubt his loyalty to their cause, forcing him to decide between his family and his generation.

Clean, incisive cinematography and intricate production design with a clear eye for period detail backdrop this passionate, politically-charged coming-of-age saga. A powerful performance anchors the proceedings, as actor Jovan Ginic’s bewildered stare conveys the complex pains of uncertain youth.

 Serbian with subtitles

Screenings & Events

Media

Film Credits

  •   Janja Kralj, Nadia Turincev, Omar El Kadi, Vladimir Perišić
  •   Vladimir Perišić, Alice Winocour
  •   Martial Salomon, Jelena Maksimović
  •   Sarah Blum, Louise Botkay Courcier
  •   Jovan Ginić, Jasna Đuričić, Miodrag Jovanović
  •   Alen & Nenad Sinkauz
  •   Janja Kralj, Nadia Turincev, Omar El Kadi, Vladimir Perišić
  •   Kinoelektron, Easy Riders

Sponsors

New Directors Program Sponsors

Robert and Penelope Steiner Family Foundation

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A woman in a sequin dress takes a selfie in a public bathroom. Another woman pokes her head in to look.

Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World Nu Aștepta Prea Mult De La Sfârșitul Lumii

  Radu Jude

  Romania, Luxembourg, France, Croatia     163 minutes

Synopsis

Angela, a production assistant working for an anonymous multinational corporation, is tasked with driving around Bucharest filming casting interviews for a promotional video about workplace safety. As she goes door to door collecting employees’ personal experiences of getting injured on the job, a pattern of malfeasance begins to emerge. When a half-paralyzed worker suggests that the company is responsible for his accident, Angela bears witness to a dizzying, hilarious series of corporate backflips.

True to form, in Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World director Radu Jude (Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn) presents a whirlwind examination of modern existence with a wry, absurdist touch. Observed with a keen understanding of our cacophonous digital world, the film breathlessly satirizes the capitalistic machinery of everyday life while celebrating the boisterous humanity contained therein.

 Romanian with subtitles

Screenings & Events

Media

Film Credits

  •   Ada Solomon, Adrian Sitaru; co-producers: Adrien Chef, Paul Thiltges, Serge Lalou, Claire Dornoy, Ankica Jurić Tilić
  •   Radu Jude
  •   Cătălin Cristuțiu
  •   Marius Panduru Rsc
  •   Ilinca Manolache, Ovidiu Pîrșan, Nina Hoss, Dorina Lazăr, László Miske, Katia Pascariu
  •   Dan Wechsler, Jamal Zeinal-Zade, Andreas Roald
  •   4 Proof Film, Paul Thiltges Distributions, Les Films D'Ici, Kinorama, microFILM

Sponsors

International Competition Program Sponsor

John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

Comedy Program Sponsor

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The Film Title

  Horace Van Welmute

  Austria, Belarus, Croatia     634 minutes

Synopsis

Johnny is a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she gets bored of him and decides to seduce Johnny’s best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again.

“What is this?”
-everyone

  

 Croatian with subtitles

Screenings & Events

Screening

Thursday, Sept 30, 2021 @ 7:00pm

Media

Film Credits

  •   Paul Producer
  •   Samir Screenwriter
  •   J. Jonah Jameson
  •   Annie Lebowitz
  •   Candice D.P. Willgins
  •   Bill Murray, Charlie Chaplin, Reese Witherspoon, Daniel Day-Lewis
  •   Junkie XL
  •   The Decemberists
  •   Dan Quayle, Will Smith
  •   Dreamworks, A24

Sponsors

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