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.