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CURE – ŽIVOT DRUGE / THE LIFE OF ANOTHER am Mi., 12.12.2018, 19:30h im Kaffee Stark

Im kalten Dezember machen wir uns auf den Weg ins sommerliche Dubrovnik, zurück in die 90er: Teenager Linda hat ihre Jugend in der Schweiz verbracht und kehrt nun, kurz nach der Belagerung, mit ihrem Vater nach Dubrovnik zurück. Sie freundet sich mit Eta an und bald schon verschwimmen die Grenzen. Nach einem folgenschweren Unfall stellt sich die Frage, wer ist wer und wer gehört wo hin?

CURE – ŽIVOT DRUGE / CURE – THE LIFE OF ANOTHER – Schweiz, Kroatien, Bosnien-Herzegovina, 2014 – Andrea Štaka – 83min – OmENGUT

Mi, 12.12.2018, 19:30h, Hinterzimmer Kaffee Stark (Wohlwillstr. 18, St. Pauli)

Mit: Leon Lučev, Mirjana Karanovič, Maria Škarišić et. al.

for further reading (Variety Review):

Film Review: ‘Cure — The Life of Another’


Der nächste Filmclub findet statt am 09.01.2019!

KINO LIKA am Do, 23.06.2016, 21h, (p)ostkartell

KINO LIKA, Kroatien, 2008 – Dalibor Matanić – 122min – OmENGLU

Donnerstag, 23. Juni 2016 // 21h // Ort: (p)ostkartell Büro – Kulturetage Altona, Große Bergstr. 160, 22767 Hamburg

Mit Einführung und Diskussion. Bitte bei Kulturetage klingeln.


Regisseur Dalibor Matanić ist ein alter Hase des kroatischen Kinos und hat gerade mit seinem neuesten Film THE HIGH SUN/ ZVIZDAN (zu Deutsch: MITTAGSSONNE) kräftig in Cannes abgeräumt. Das B-Movie in St. Pauli zeigt am Do, 30.06. um 20h diesen wirklich grandiosen Film über die Frage, was bleibt vom Krieg.
Grund genug, für ein „Dalibor Matanić Double-Feature“: Der SEE Film Club zeigt deshalb einen seinen kontroverseren Filme: die Komödie KINO LIKA.

Basierend auf der gleichnamigen Geschichte des von manchen als Kult-Autor gefeierten Damir Karakaš, der im Film gleich mal als Akkordeon-Spieler auftritt, begeben wir uns in das beschauliche, jedoch auch recht abgelegene Lika. Bergig und von Landwirtschaft geprägt, ticken Leben und Leute hier anders als anderswo. Ein Referendum zum EU-Beitritt sorgt für Aufregung im Dorf: Der nicht tumbe aber talentierte Fußballspieler Mike kämpft mit Schuldgefühlen und dem drohenden Verkauf an einen großen Club, die feiste Olga kämpft mit Ablehnung und Bauer Joso mit seinem Stolz und Wasserknappheit.

Dalibor Matanić beweist sich besonders in seinen Dramen als kritischer Beobachter der Gesellschaft und legt zielsicher den Finger in die Wunde. So bescherte er bereits 2002 mit FINE DEAD GIRLS / FINE MRTVE DJEVOJKE den ersten kroatischen Film, in dem ein lesbischen Pärchen die Hauptrolle spielt (anhand des Titels darf man raten, wie das ausgeht), und in dem berührenden MOTHER OF ASPHALT / MAJKA ASFALTA sucht eine junge Mutter verzweifelt Obdach für sich und ihren kleinen Sohn. In seinen Komödien neigt er zu Klamauk mit Tiefgang.


SEE Fest in LA is over and here are the winners:

“Director Tudor Jurgiu from Romania won Bridging the Borders award for Best Feature Film of the festival for his debut film, The Japanese Dog. Special Jury Mention went to Croatian filmmaker Tomislav Mršić for his debut film, Cowboys, and Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble Cast was awarded to Albanian feature Bota, co-directed by Iris Elezi and Thomas Logoreci.

Down the River by Asif Rustamov from Azerbaijan won the Best First Feature award. Two narrative documentaries shared the Best Documentary Award, The Undertaker by Dragan Nikolić from Serbia, and Romania’s Flowers in the Shadows by Belgian director Olivier Magis.   Awards for Best Cinematography went to Bulgarian Rat Poison director of photography Krasimir Andonov (feature film), and Dragan Vildović (documentary film) for his work in In the Dark from Serbia.

In the shorts category Strahinja Savić from Serbia won Best Short Fiction award for Nine Days, Alexandr Baev’s Once Upon Another Time from Georgia won for Best Documentary short, and Anton Octavian from Romania won Best Animation Short award for Elmando.
Winners of 2015 Audience Award were Albanian Bota (feature film), and Serbian In the Dark (narrative documentary).”

Congratulations to the winning filmmakers!

Two Croatian films at worldfest Houston this sunday (April 12) and monday (April 13)!!

Browsing through the programme of World Fest, one of Houston’s Film Festivals, I was happy to find two productions from Croatia this year!

Sunday April 12, 7pm: Cvjetni Trg // Flower Square, Croatia, 2012
Synopsis: “Nationalism, church and organized crime make for an unholy trinity in Krsto Papic’s powerful story of a man trapped in a world he not only never made, but also wants no part of. The world is Croatia, where a mobster named Macko seems to controls everything — from the underworld to the Catholic Church to the fate of his brother, who resents the mafioso for sleeping with his wife and destroying his marriage years ago. The real focus of “Flower Square,” however, is a nobody actor in a puppet show named Filip, who is blackmailed into posing as a priest to trick Macko to confess to committing an array of crimes.”

get tickets here.

Monday April 13, 9pm: Most na kraju svijeta // Bridge at the end of the worldCroatia/Bosnia/Serbia, 20134
Synopsis: “The film “The Bridge at the End of the World” deals with the unfortunate human destinies from the war in Croatia. In fear of the return of Serbian refugees to their houses in which they lived before the war and that in the meantime populated with Croat refugees from Bosnia, an old man disappears, and the investigation that starts from a police officer who lives in a Serbian house, will become more personal.”

get tickets here.

 Films screen at ACME studio 30, 2949 Dunvale St., Houston.



LGBT films from SEE

(photo source: Balkanist Magazine)

The other day at a filmmakers gathering I had the pleasure to chat with Kristian Salinas, the artistic director of Houston’s Q-Fest, a queer and LGBT film festival. I mentioned the topic of the Sworn Virgins to him and what a coincidence that an Italian-Albanian co-production shown on this year’s Berlinale picked it up (see my post here).
Three years ago, the gay pride parade in the city of Split, Croatia, was cancelled due to protests and threats from religious and nationalistic groups of society.
I vividly remember the support march some friends organised in Rijeka, where I was living at the moment. We met on a square above the city centre on one of these cool spring days, when the weather cannot decide on rain or shine. Maybe 70 people had gathered, but there was no glitter nor revealing costumes, as you see in abundance on the big Christopher Street Day parades elsewhere. After a short speech, the crowd descended on the city’s main pedestrian precinct. A little down the hill, there was riot police to protect the demonstrators. Continue reading

SEE Films at Berlinale 2015

The grand dame of film festivals, the Berlinale, had always had good connections with South Eastern Europe and many films have premiered there. Just the other day I was talking about the phenomenon of Sworn Virgins in the mountains of Albania, where women vow to live as men and subsequently enjoy a man’s privileges. I knew there were some documentaries about them, and now the first feature film on that topics, Vergine giurata / Sworn Virgin hails from Albania and Italy! The only other candidate in the competition is a Romanian-Bulgarian history piece set in 1835 multiethnic Wallachia, where a father and son embark on a Western-esque man hunt. Whereas  Aferim! is shot in black and white,  De ce eu? / Why me?, shown  in the Panorama section, paints an equally grim perspective on contemporary Romanian society:  a young prosecutor is assigned to a case he cannot win. Flotel Europa, the only feature from the former Yugoslavia and patched together from home videos, depicts life of Serbian refugees in a hotel ship in Copenhagen. Croatia contributes a short film in the generation 14+ section: in Piknik / Picnic a box fight is needed to break the ice between estranged father and son.
Read more about the films after the jump.

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