ALL THE BEST
SVE NAJBOLJE
2016, 102 min, Croatia, Dir: Snjezana Tribuson

It’s a Christmas tale with poisoning in writer-director Snjezana Tribuson’s charming feature. An opera singer, a handyman, a pastry shop worker and a farmer are all looking for love and coming up empty until a strange series of events – driven by cockroaches, beet-root soup and an opera aria – brings these lonely lives together. Ksenija Marinković, Renata Pokupić and Ozren Grabarić lead an outstanding cast in this feel-good film. In Croatian with English subtitles.


THE HIGH SUN
ZVIZDAN
2015, 123 min, Croatia/Serbia/Slovenia, Dir: Dalibor Matanić

Writer-director Dalibor Matanić’s striking drama tells three love stories set in three consecutive decades spanning the Balkan war. Stars Tihana Lazovic and Goran Markovic play the three different couples – sharing a forbidden love as the conflict ramps up in 1991, too scarred by the war to maintain a relationship in 2001, and struggling to break free of the legacy of inter-ethnic hatred in 2011. Beautifully shot (by cinematographer Marko Brdar), THE HIGH SUN won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as five Pula Film Festival awards.


THE MYSTERIOUS BOY
ZAGONETNI DJEČAK
2013, 2i Film, 88 min, Croatia, Dir: Dražen Žarković

This hit family film succeeds both as a mystery and a coming-of-age tale. 14-year-old Koko (Antonio Parač) and his friends Tomo (Karlo Maloča) and Marijana (Vanja Markovinović) are intrigued by another student’s strange behavior. Always up for an adventure, the three investigate - only to discover that their new classmate’s secret is more disturbing than it initially appears. In Croatian with English subtitles.


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