Archive for: January 9th, 2013

VIDEO: Croatian Generals Verdict Documentary To Screen At Rotterdam International Film Festival

A film recording the emotional reaction of thousands on Zagreb’s main square during the live broadcast of the initial guilty verdict handed down to Croatian generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac, has been selected to screen at the 42nd International Film Festival in Rotterdam.

The Verdict (Presuda), by director Đuro Gavran, is an 11-minute documentary film shot on the Croatian capitals main square in April 2011, when thousands turned out to watch Croatian war hero Gotovina and fellow general Markac receive their initial verdicts after their war crimes trial.

Another Croatian film will also feature at the festival which runs from 23 January – 3 February. Behind the Looking Glass, by Jagoda Kaloper, is a cinematic self-portrait created as a combination of film sequences made between 1965 and recent years which depict how the filmmaker was seen by others and introspective videos made by the author herself during the last decade. Kaloper, a versatile Croatian visual artist, actress and filmmaker won the Museum of Contemporary Art 2010 Award for Behind the Looking Glass.

The Verdict (Presuda) – trailer from pipser on Vimeo.

Croat Up For British BAFTA Award

A Croat could soon have her name on a prestigious BAFTA award. Croatian make-up artist and hairstylist Ivana Primorac (46) has been nominated for one of the British Academy Film Awards for her work in the film Ana Karenina, staring Keira Knightly and Jude Law.

It is Primorac’s sixth BAFTA nomination, after impressing during the shooting of films The Hours, Cold Mountain, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd and Atonement, where she has made-up and styled stars such as Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, Johnny Depp and Knightly.

IFFHS Rank World’s Strongest Football Leagues – 1. Spain…32. Croatia

The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) has released its annual list of the strongest national football leagues in the world. For the third year in a row top spot goes to the Spanish Primera, followed by Brazil’s Serie A and Germany’s Bundesliga in third place. Croatia’s first division is ranked 32nd, an improvement from its 51st placed ranking in 2011.

IFFHS have ranked the strongest national leagues in the world since 1991, based on all national (championship, FA Cup) and (inter)continental (confederations & FIFA club competitions) results of the clubs.

1. Spanish Primera
2. Brazilian Serie A
3. German Bundesliga
4. Italian Serie A
5. English Premiership
32… Croatian First Division

Europe’s First Gas Lit Lighthouse And Much More…

Which was the first lighthouse in Europe to be lit with gas? Well it has been claimed that the honour belongs to a lighthouse in the small fishing village of Savudrija on the northwestern Adriatic coast of Croatia.

The Savudrija Lighthouse, which has put the Istrian coastal settlement on the map, is the oldest lighthouse in Croatia. The 36 metre high lighthouse was built-in 1818, and according to urban legend, built-in the name of love for an Austrian statesmen and a Croatian noblewomen.

The lighthouse today has been turned into 4-bedroom apartment which is rented out to tourists looking to experience a unique setting. The lighthouse is just 30 metres away from beaches and has an abundant of tourist facilities such as restaurants and sports facilities nearby.

Road Toll Down To 1960’s Level In Croatia

Deaths on Croatian roads in 2012 returned to 1960’s levels after statistics were released by the nations Ministry of Internal Affairs.

390 people died as a result of accidents on the roads in Croatia in 2012, 28 less than in 2011 and 274 less than in 2008. 2012 statistics are on a par with levels in the 1960’s.

The number of car accidents also dropped in 2012, from 42,400 in 2011 to 37,000.

“We hope that we reach our goal to lower the death rate on the roads and by 2020 have less than 213 people die on the road,” said Darko Grac from the Ministry’s traffic safety department.

Tax Inspectors Out In Force – Cafe Owners Reveal How To Beat The System

328 tax inspectors went knocking on cafe doors up and down Croatia yesterday inspecting whether cafe proprietors were adhering to new fiscalisation laws introduced on 1 January 2013.

Cafes are now required by law to have fiscal cash register systems, which are linked up to the state tax department. Out of 1,108 premises checked by the inspectors on Tuesday, they reported that 61 were breaking the law. Those places will be given 3 days to implement the fiscal cash register before facing closure.

Croatian daily newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija has revealed however that cafe owners are finding a way to beat the system and avoid paying the compulsory tax. A Zadar cafe owner says that to get around paying tax on all orders, he is giving customers old receipts. He says that coffee, beer and coca-cola are common purchases so he just produces the same receipt when the order is repeated throughout the day, unless the customer screws up the original. He says if he had to declare every coffee or beer he sold then he would be out of business within a month.

Croat Claims Sciences Ernst Jung Prize For 2013

Croatian scientist Ivan Dikic is to receive the prestigious Ernst Jung Prize for 2013. Dikic, who is head of the Institute of Biochemistry II and Director of the Buchmann Institute of Molecular Life Sciences at the Goethe University Frankfurt, will be presented on 3 May in Hamburg, announced the Jung Foundation for Science and Research.

Dikic (46), who was born in Zagreb, will receive the award for his groundbreaking research work on tumors and in particular his pioneering work in understanding the Ubiquitin Code that regulates multiple biological processes.

The Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine has been awarded annually since 1976 for excellence in biomedical sciences. Dikic will share the 300,000 prize money with American scientist Angelika Amon.

Croat Records First Album At 84

Croat Bogde Cala is proof that it is never too late in life to do anything. Music lover Bodge has recorded his first album at the age of 84. The long-time klapa (a cappella) singer has a recorded a 12-song album titled: Pjesme koje volim i pjevam (Songs which I love and sing).

Cala, who is from Sibenik on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, has been a ‘recreational’ singer all his life, performing at churches, restaurants, and on the side of the street in his hometown with his klapa group for over 70 years. Cala is renowned in local circles for his outstanding bass-baritone and his distinctive tremolo, and he says friends encouraged him to record the album whilst his “voice still served him”.

The energetic 84-year-old is not done yet, he told daily Slobodna Dalmacija that he is preparing for a new music project, one that will see him revive songs that are no longer listened to from his region of Dalmatia.

French Fashion House Finds Inspiration In Croatia

 Croatia and its beauty was the inspiration behind famous French fashion house Lanvin’s 2012 shoe collection. Lanvin’s famous Moroccan-born designer Alber Elbaz was so inspired by “Croatia’s coast, Croatian women and the blend of Slavic and Mediterranean beauty” that he produced a range of shoes and named them after places in the country.

The shoes, which range from 500-2000 euros in price, are named after city’s Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Rijeka, the island of Pag, and there are also even a pair named Croatia (pic above). British actress Tilda Swinton is a known fan of the “Rijeka” model.






Chaos As Train Sets Off Explosive Device Near Zagreb

Police in the Croatian capital Zagreb have confirmed that a freight train, operating on the route Zagreb – to the eastern city of Varazdin, has collided into an explosive device on the train tracks.

A large explosion occurred at around 3.50am on Wednesday near the Posused station just outside of Zagreb, when the freight train ran into an unknown explosive device. The train was damaged in the explosion but fortunately there were no injuries. Daily newspaper 24sata report that police apparently believe that somebody had put the explosive device on the tracks.

All trains have been suspended whilst police carry out investigations, causing early morning havoc as commuters try to get to work.