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Joan Miró Exhibition Opens Tomorrow in Zagreb

INV0063-MIRO-CD-Jeune-fille-sevadant-photo-GermainAfter hosting an exhibition of Picasso’s masterpieces last year, culture-lovers in Croatia’s capital are in for another treat with the opening tomorrow of an exhibition of the works of legendary Spanish painter and sculptor Joan Miró…

Joan Miró: Masterpieces from the Foundation Maeght will be on show, for the first time, not only in Croatia, but in the whole of South East Europe.T he exhibition has been devised by the director of the Maeght Foundation Olivier Kaeppelin and the director of the Art Pavilion Jasminka Poklečki Stošić. For the exhibition, they have selected a total of forty artworks – paintings (large format works), sculptures (21 pieces), lithographs and tapestries, a particular emphasis being placed upon the sculptures.

The exhibition closes on 8 February 2015.

(pic above: Joan Miró, Girl Escaping, 1968, Painted bronze, 166 x 34,5 x 63 cm Owned by: Fondation Maeght Photo: Claude Germain-Archives Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, copyright: © Successió Miró / ADAGP Paris 2014)

ZFF Presenting New Programme ‘Together Again’ – New Films by Andrei Zvyagintsev, Xavier Dolan, Taika Waititi, Anton Corbijn and Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz!

Zagreb, 30 September – The debutant and second films of up-and-coming authors have been the stars of Zagreb Film Festival’s (ZFF) main programme for 12 years in a row. The competition programmes of earlier festival editions presented the debutant feature-length films of the authors who have achieved global popularity in the meantime. ZFF proudly continues to keep track of their work. The new programme we are introducing this year, Together Again, presents new films of ZFF’s old friends: Andrei Zvyagintsev, Xavier Dolan, Anton Corbijn, Taika Waititi and Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz.

It has been eleven years since ZFF and Andrei Zvyagintsev, then a Russian TV director and actor with freshly won Golden Lion in Venice, began their respective ascents to acclaim. In the meantime, ZFF has become a relevant destination on the world festival map and Zvyagintsev has turned into the greatest figure of modern Russian cinematography. His films The Return (2003) and The Banishment (2007) are ZFF laureates and his award-winning drama Elena (2012) was also shown in Zagreb. This year, his latest film Leviathan will be shown as part of Together Again programme. It is about the conflict between Kolya, a humble car mechanic in northern Russia whose house happens to be on an attractive patch of land, and Vadim, a corrupt local big shot who wants to build a luxurious weekend house on Kolya’s land. The script, written by Andrei Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin, was awarded at Cannes Film Festival this year.



The new programme also includes the fifth and, according to many, the most accomplished film of Canadian director Xavier Dolan. As in his semi-autobiographic debut I Killed My Mother (2009), awarded at the 7th ZFF, Dolan tackles his favorite subject – Oedipus complex. In his latest film Mommy, Canadian actress and Dolan’s muse Anne Dorval appears in the role of Diane, a tough, sexy widow and a single mother. Her nightmare begins when her aggressive son Steve gets released from a mental institution and she has to look out for him. Mommy won Dolan the Jury Award at Cannes Film Festival (he shared the award with Jean-Luc Godard).



Taika Waititi is a New Zealand filmmaker known by his peculiar comedies Eagle Vs. Shark (2007) and Boy (2010), both shown at earlier editions of ZFF. Jemaine Clement is adored by the fans of the super-popular comedy show Flight of Conchords. The first film they have written and directed together, What We Do In The Shadows, is a horror-comedy about three lonely vampires living in a Wellington suburb. Trying to fit into modern society, bloodsuckers Viago, Deacon and Vladislav want to be sexy. They work out and have hobbies (including knitting) and they quite openly show their emotions. Made in the form of a false documentary, What We Do In The Shadows hilariously plays with cinematic stereotypes about the ‘undead’. It is a welcome infusion of fresh blood for the worn out vampire genre.

What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do In The Shadows

We got to know Dutch photographer and director Anton Corbijn in 2005, when his famous debutant film Control won Audience Award at the 5th Zagreb Film Festival. This year we present Corbijn’s third feature film, A Most Wanted Man. This psychological drama based on a John Le Carré novel takes place in the post-9/11 world in which the fear from global terrorism plays into the hands of powerful global lobbies. Philip Seymour Hoffman, the brilliant actor who passed away recently, excels in one of his last roles. The cast also includes Willem Dafoe, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Nina Hoss.

A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man

The directing and writing duo, Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz, the authors of To Take A Wife, the winner of the 2nd Zagreb Film Festival, are back with the gripping courtroom drama Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem, the Israeli candidate for Oscar. The film follows five years of an Israeli woman’s attempts to divorce her problematic husband. The council of rabbis will grant her divorce only when her husband signs the gett, a permission that will allow his wife to become available to other men. Ronit Elkabetz, the film’s co-director and a great Israeli and French actress, stars in the film. Critics have compared her with Anna Magnani.


Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem

The Pussycat Hols in Croatia

CroatiaOnce again this summer Croatia was a popular holiday hunting ground for a number of celebrities. One of those to enjoy the charming Adriatic sea was former lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls, Nicole Scherzinger…

Scherzinger (36), who has sold 16 million records as a solo artist and a further 54 million with Pussycat Dolls, has posted pics on Instagram of her on holiday on board a yacht in Croatia.

When the clouds seem heavy & grey, look beyond & u can see the light…peace, hope & possibility are all within reach. #blessed #heavensartwork #nevergiveup #URnotalone #Croatiasunset, wrote Scherzinger.

The former Pussycat Dolls star, who are of the best-selling girl groups of all time, has had an on-again, off-again relationship with Formula 1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton since 2007.


Bundekfest Launches With Hot Air Balloons

Croatia1Bundekfest, in its third year, kicked off in Zagreb on Thursday. The star of the show so far is Zagreb’s International Balloon Festival, sponsored by RWE Energy and taking place at Bundekfest through Sunday the 28th…

Zagreb Balloon Club, behind the balloon festival, is introducing the world of hot air ballooning to festival-goers not only through flights which are delightful to see up above but also through workshops on the ground and in actual balloons for the youngest of visitors as well as with free test flights up into the air (10 m.) for festival visitors of all ages. After night falls the balloons continue to glow for a magical illumination show.

Bundekfest has this year again brought together some of Croatia’s favorite musical performers, including Hladno pivo, Psihomodo Pop, and Let 3. For kids, there is a proper miniature amusement park in place at Bundek, with rides and lights and trampolines and candy as far as the eye can see. You can find the staples of festival food in Croatia – sausages, hot dogs and fritule – every few steps you go as long as you don’t get distracted by the street performers and their painted faces making their way through the crowds while juggling clubs or straddling stilts.
One of this year’s most anticipated shows at Bundekfest is the performance of the theater piece Spektakluk, which is only for this occasion being moved from Kerempuh Theater to Zagreb’s Bundek Lake. For a schedule of events and shows at Bundekfest this year see the full program here. Anybody who wants step into a basket and experience what it’s like to float up into the sky can check out the Zagreb International Balloon Festival schedule on Zagreb Balloon Club’s Facebook page here. Bundekfest lasts through October 5th.


1,000 Things to do in Croatia

There are plenty things to do in Croatia, well at least 1,000 things, according to photographer Tim Ertl, who explains with the help of his camera via his popular blog ‘1000 Things to do in Croatia – A journey through Croatia in 1,000 pictures‘. Each week we will feature one of Tim’s suggestions, accompanied by one of his stunning photographs…

#151 Cross over with the probably most charming taxi service in Croatia, BARKAJOLI – the Rowers of Zadar. What gondoliers mean to Venice, Barkajoli mean to Zadar!

For over 800 years they have been connecting the two ends of Zadar’s harbour with their small rowboats in any weather conditions, and in so doing have saved the time of their faithful passengers. This tradition has been passed on from father to son for centuries and has survived despite the challenges of modern times.




Zagreb’s Romance with Films – Year 12! The First Films from This Year’s ZFF Programme

ZFFZagreb, 23 September – More than one hundred films from all over the world are ready for the 12th edition of Zagreb Film Festival, taking place in Cinemas Europa, Tuškanac and MSU, Zagreb Dance Center and Zagreb Puppet Theater from 19-26 October…

As always, our main competition programme will be showing debutant feature and documentary films and the popular Checkers competition programme will once again offer a selection of Croatian short film production. In the main programme, eight side programmes and a few special programmes, ZFF will present the most intriguing debutant films, recent world hits and timeless classics. Industry – ZFF’s training and networking platform for film professionals – will be taking place for the third year in a row.

The complete festival programme will be presented at the press conference in early October, For now, we can reveal two films from the feature-length fiction competition programme and one from the documentary programme. It is a serious achievement when a Croatian co-production wins an award at one of the most important film festivals in the world: Croatian premiere of the triple laureate of Venice Critics Week – Nobody’s Child – in ZFF main programme is a great opportunity to celebrate this feat at home. The debutant film of Serbian filmmaker Vuk Ršumović juxtaposes civilization and barbarism in an amazing manner. The film is based on the true story about the wild boy from Travnik, Bosnia-Herzegovina who was found in Bosnian mountains in 1988. The film is a Serbian-Croatian co-production. The co-producer is Ankica Jurić Tilić and the original score was composed by Pavo Miholjević and Jure Ferina of Croatian band Svadbas.

Nobody's child

Nobody’s Child

Year after year, ZFF shows films from all over the world. The 12th edition is no exception: another trip around the world in eight days is awaiting you. We can single out here the first feature-length Ethiopian film at our festival. Difret, a drama directed by Zeresenay Mehari, will be shown in the competition programme. Based on a true story, it is a film about the trial of a 14-year-old peasant girl who involuntarily shot her kidnaper and rapist. The problem is that, according to a traditional Ethiopian customs, kidnapping of a bride (telefa) is considered as an acceptable way of entering into a marriage. The protagonist is therefore facing death penalty. Sending an important message for girls and women around the world, this film won Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival and Panorama programme of Berlin International Film Festival.



Documentary film competition programme will, among other films, presents the tragicomic German-Swiss autobiographic documentary Cesar’s Grill, directed by Darío Aguirre. Its author, who chose to pursue an artistic career and has been living and working in Germany for years, returns to his native Ecuador in order to help his father save his old grill spot, encumbered with debts. To make things worse, Cesar’s grill offers various meat dishes and Dario hasn’t been eating meat for twelve years. This seemingly impossible mission which starts with petty squabbles about purchasing of salad transforms into a moving film about family relationships, escaping from one’s background and growing up.

Cesar's Grill

Cesar’s Grill

Five out of eight side programs of the 12th ZFF are our regular programs. Once again they include a selection of films from major European cinematographies (Great 5), the finalists of the European Parliament Prize for achievements in cinematic art (LUX Film Days) and the programme co-created with Queer Zagreb. This year, the latter one is dedicated to British queer-punk filmmaker Derek Jarman. Our regular and exceptionally popular side program Bib for Kids has prepared ten children’s films in cooperation with the embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark. For the first time on the festival we will have Bib PLUS, a programme for teenagers.

As usually, our program My First Film includes the films selected by film critic Nenad Polimac. This year it will be the debutant works of the representatives of Romanian New Wave, Cristi Puiu, Radu Muntean, Florin Serban, Cristian Mungiu and Cristian Nemescu. ZFF has been keeping track of the work of these – now globally acclaimed – filmmakers since its first edition and some of them are ZFF laureates. One of the films in this programme is California Dreamin’, the first and the last film of the tragically deceased Cristian Nemescu, whose short film C Block Story was awarded at the 1st ZFF. Cristi Puiu was awarded at the 2nd ZFF for his short film Coffee And Cigarettes. His debutant film Stuff And Dough will be shown in the programme.

Besides the above mentioned Bib PLUS, this year’s edition of Zagreb Film Festival boasts two more newly introduced side programmes: First World War on Film includes films selected by Daniel Rafaelić, marking the 100th anniversary of the ‘Great War’, and Together Again presents new films of some of the most prominent filmmakers of today whose debutant works were shown at ZFF.
We can also mention here our Industry educational programme with numerous training activities and the usual wide variety of side events. Some very important guests will visit the festival this year. More about this and programme-related news you can find out in our subsequent press releases.

Launching our new web page was a good opportunity to announce as many as three of our film programmes. As of today, you can check on our website ( the contents of LUX Film Days, Bib for Kids and First World War on Film programmes.

Croatia Wins ‘Dance Nation of the Year’ at Prestigious DJ Awards in Ibiza

CroatiaCroatian DJ and producer Sunčica Barišić, plays under the name Miss Sunshine, has collected the ‘Dance Nation of the Year’ award at the prestigious DJ awards in Ibiza, Spain…

The Osijek musician (above) picked up the award at the 17th electronic DJ Awards at club Pacha in Ibiza on behalf of Croatia, which won the award because of its summer festival programme. Barišić’s tune ‘Drifter’ was played during the awards ceremony, which saw award winners from all over the world in 23 categories.

“It was my big honor to receive this award on behalf of Croatia for the Dance Nation of the Year at DJ Awards – Electronic Music Awards – Ibiza! It will beautifully light my way back home,” said Barišić.

Tall Croats Give Game of Thrones Costume Designers Headache

Croatia10The production team of the popular HBO series Game of Thrones, which is filming its 5th season currently in Croatia, have hit a small glitch – the local extras in Dubrovnik are proving to be too big, writes Dubrovački Dnevnik

Despite a large turnout when extras were invited to take part in the series a few months ago, Embassy Films are on the hunt for more, but this time the men can not be taller than 190cm. Croatian men are renowned for their height, with those in the Dubrovnik area taller than average. Extras are required for a scene involving a large number of people, and Embassy Films are on the look out for those men in the area who are under 190cm, and under 180cm for the women, so that the costumes can fit them nicely.

Croatia“Around 450 extras a day will take part in the project, and altogether 2,000 extras,” Erika Milutin from Embassy Films said to the portal.

Filming in Dubovnik is set to start on 5 October.

The Ramones to be Honoured at Zagreb’s Rock N’ Roll Park

CroatiaOne of the biggest bands in history will be honoured this Friday at Zagreb’s Rock n’ Roll themed park…

A statue of New York punk rock band the Ramones will be unveiled on Friday at the park, and will be the fifth, joining statues of Jimi Hendrix, former The Clash legend Joe Strummer, Jack White, and John Lennon.

Formed in 1974, the Ramones were a major influence on the punk rock movement in both the United States and United Kingdom. Recognition of the band’s importance built over the years, and they are now considered one of the all-time greats of rock music. In 2002 the Ramones were ranked the second-greatest band of all time by Spin magazine, trailing only the Beatles. In 2002, the original four members and Marky Ramone, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2011, the group was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

The park, located in Zagreb’s city centre (Pavla Hatza St), was the brainchild of music lover Dražen Goreta, who wants the Rock n’ Roll themed park to help promote Zagreb’s tourism and culture offerings.

1,000 Things to do in Croatia…#204

There are plenty things to do in Croatia, well at least 1,000 things, according to photographer Tim Ertl, who explains with the help of his camera via his popular blog ‘1000 Things to do in Croatia – A journey through Croatia in 1,000 pictures‘. Each week we will feature one of Tim’s suggestions, accompanied by one of his stunning photographs…

#204 Enter the crystal clear waters of Sveti Ivan beach crowned by the stunningly beautiful village of Lubenice high up on the rocks – No Stress on Cres