Croatian films to premiere at SEEfest in Los Angeles
A number of Croatian films are on the lineup for the 2021 South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) which runs from April 28 to May 5.
The list of official selections for the 16th annual Los Angeles-based film festival has been announced with the cinematic and cultural diversity of 18 countries, including Croatia, presented to the American public.
The film festival continues to provide a platform in the United States for the discovery of new talent from Southeastern Europe.
SEEfest, which is co-presented by ELMA, Foundation for European Languages and Films in America, has announced the Official Selection List which includes a number of premieres for Croatian films.
Here are the films from Croatia:
Mare – (First on the west coast)
Director: Andrea Štaka
Country: Croatia / Switzerland; Duration: 84 min
Mare has never flown, although she lives right next to the airport with her husband and their three teenagers. She loves her family, takes care of them, but sometimes feels almost like a stranger in her own home. Who are these people with whom she lives? Mare finds herself staring at the planes above her head, yearning for change and the unknown. When a young man moves into the next house one day, she puts her life to the test.
Galeb (Tito’s boat) – (North American premiere)
Director: Ivan Živković
Country: Croatia; Duration: 56 min
This is the story of the ship on which Yugoslav President Tito sailed 14 times, visiting 18 countries on three continents. During these trips, he successfully negotiated an alliance of non-aligned countries, the largest in the world after the United Nations. Yugoslavia was the leader of the Non-Aligned Movement and Tito its charismatic leader.
70 – (North American premiere)
Director: Nebojša Slijepčević
Country: Croatia; Duration: 48 min
Through three personal stories, we discover LADO Ensemble, the only professional folk music and dance ensemble in Croatia, which has been giving extraordinary performances for 70 years. We discover its artists, their daily lives and their challenges.
Landscape zero – (North American premiere)
Director: Bruno Pavić
Country: Croatia; Duration: 71 min
A small coastal area has been destroyed by the presence of industrial facilities. The film follows the lives of people who fight for their survival among dangerous installations or who coexist with them in harmony. Everyday scenes intermingle with different artistic performances, illustrating the adaptation of people and animals to the degraded environment.
Nun of your company – (North American premiere)
Director: Ivana Marinić Kragić
Country: Croatia; Duration: 71 min
Two young nuns meet at a Catholic gathering in Croatia and fall in love. They live in two separate convents, but the spaces they once viewed as havens of comfort and spiritual fulfillment are turning out to be more “earthy” than expected. Disappointed with the Church and internal sexual and psychological abuse, but driven by a blossoming love, they make the most difficult decision of their lives – leave the convent, start a new life together on the island and seek acceptance of the traditional local community.
This other village – (International premiere)
Director: Jadran Boban
Country: Croatia; Duration: 73 min
Hidden on the outskirts of Europe, nestled between two mountains in eastern Croatia, is a village that has twice changed its name, population and history. This village, which has two cemeteries, is immersed in many tacit and contradictory memories passed down from generation to generation. The memory of past inter-ethnic conflicts is being transformed into a seed of future suffering, trauma and war forever. The village that was once the home of two nations becomes the paradigm of a vicious cycle of mutual feelings of injustice and widespread guilt, trapped forever in endless historical traumas of the 20th century.
SEEfest will honor internationally renowned author Dubravka Ugrešić (“The Age of Skin”, “Baba Yaga laid an egg”) with this year’s Legacy Award (April 17) and Marija Škaričić (Mare) and Jasna Djuričić (Quo Vadis, Aida?) with the film festival’s first Legacy Acting Award.
SEEfest Executive Director Vera Mijojlić said:
“It’s another exciting year from a programming standpoint with several South Eastern European films making their debut here in the US with our virtual film festival presentation. We are especially excited to host a conversation with our wonderful Legacy Award winner Dubravka Ugrešić on April 17th and the opportunity to celebrate the great work of Marija Škaričić and Jasna Djuričić, who star in four of our highly anticipated selections, Mare, Boobs, Quo Vadis, Aida?, and My morning laugh with the first Legacy Acting Award. “
More information about the festival and how to get tickets can be found on the website here.