In the Northern Hemisphere winter officially begins on 21 December, the shortest day of the year – this year it comes exactly on 21 December at 6:11 pm CET. So, you are in Croatia and you don’t know what to do on the shortest day of the year? Luckily, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre has it all planned for you. On Saturday, 21 December, 25 independent cinemas in 23 Croatian cities and towns will host The Shortest Day in the Year Short Film Marathon…
From early in the morning until midnight, audiences in cinemas all over Croatia will be able to see a total of 45 short fiction, animated, documentary and children’s films. Local cinema is represented by Krsto Papić’s cult documentaries, recent fiction and documentary films by award-winning young Croatian filmmakers, and a rich animated film programme. The foreign selection includes works by the famous French animator Michel Ocelot, while the category named This is not a funny program includes short European comedies.
Croatia Week staff picks definitely include cult animated series Professor Balthasar and brilliant documentaries directed by Krsto Papić (including When My Knife Strikes You, which deals with the issues of alcohol-driven violence in Yugoslavia, Halo, München and Special Trains, which deals with Croatian ”gastarbeiter” scene from the 1960-ies). The full catalogue is available here.
Besides Zagreb (cinemas Europa and Tuškanac), the marathon takes place in Čakovec, Daruvar, Dubrovnik, Gospić, Koprivnica, Kutina, Novska, Osijek, Pakrac, Pazin, Poreč, Prelog, Pula, Rijeka, Rovinj, Samobor, Sinj, Sisak, Split (cinemas Central, Zlatna vrata), Velika Gorica, Vodice and Zabok. It is a part of the international event Le jour le plus Court (The Shortest Day), launched in France and promoting short film production on the winter solstice.