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Dubrovnik street Stradun officially declared a European film culture treasure

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Dubrovnik’s Stradun

Dubrovnik’s main street Stradun has officially been declared as part of the European Film Culture Treasure, Grad Dubrovnik said in a statement. 

A special ceremony was held in Luža on Thursday to mark the occasion, attended by the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, Deputy Mayor Jelka Tepšić, the director of the Dubrovnik Cinemas Institution, Nikša Konsuo, and the member of the European Film Academy, distinguished Croatian film producer Boris T. Matić, who officially brought and unveiled the plaque in Dubrovnik’s Luža square.

In September of last year, the Croatian Audiovisual Center (HAVC) announced that the European Film Academy was launching a new department for heritage, adding 22 new locations to the list of “European Film Culture Treasures.” 

Among them is Dubrovnik’s Stradun, bringing the total to 41 locations on the list.

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In his address, Mayor Mato Franković thanked the Academy for this “great and splendid recognition,” emphasizing that it also comes with responsibilities. He stated, “Dubrovnik cannot and does not want to be Hollywood; it wants to remain what it has always been – simple, beautiful, welcoming, and appealing to everyone, but always just Dubrovnik.” 

He also expressed satisfaction with the intensified film industry in Dubrovnik in recent years, contributing to the development of new activities and jobs, as well as breaking the image of Dubrovnik’s economy as monolithic. 

He expressed the desire of the city administration to further develop Dubrovnik as an open-air film studio, recalling how foreign productions even visited the city during the pandemic, citing the film “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent,” starring Nicolas Cage.

With the European Film Culture Treasure, the European Film Academy celebrates places recognized as symbols of European cinema, places of historical value that need to be maintained and protected not only now but for the generations to come.

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Throughout its century-long film history, the streets, walls, and palaces of Dubrovnik have been an inspiration to numerous film artists. The unique preservation of Dubrovnik’s architectural harmony, particularly its main street, Stradun, enables a diverse range of cinematic expressions.

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