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Success for Croatian Film at 67th Berlin International Film Festival

67th Berlin Film Festival closes this weekend (photo credit: Berlinale)

More success for Croatian film with Special Mentions for outstanding achievement at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.

Animated film Hedgehog’s Home by Eva Cvijanović has won a Special Mention for outstanding achievement in the Generation Kplus section.

The film, based on a classic tale by Branko Ćopić which was part of the national curriculum for primary school literature in Croatia, is about a hedgehog who lives in a lush and lively forest.

Hedgehog’s Home (Ježeva kuća)

He is respected and envied by the other animals. However, the hedgehog’s unwavering devotion to his home annoys a quartet of insatiable beasts. Together, they march off towards Hedgehog’s home and spark a tense and prickly standoff.

The film’s premiere was hugely successful with young viewers loudly applauding the film and rushing to take photos with the film’s director Cvijanović and starring puppets Hedgehog and Fox.

One other Croatian short film, Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović’s film Into the Blue, had its word premiere also at the prestigious festival and won a Special Mention for outstanding achievement in the Generation 14plus section.

Into the Blue is a film about Julija, a thirteen year-old girl who, after being away for a few years, tries to reconnect with her best friend. But her friend is in love and Julija is not so important to her anymore.

A list of all the winners at the 67th Berlin Film Festival can be seen here.

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