Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Kino Croatia: New Films Series Will Serve As A Fundraiser for Flood Victims in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The American Cinematheque in collaboration with HAVC - Croatian Audiovisual Center; with support from Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia in Los Angeles, E.L.M.A. (European Languages and Movies in America) and Croatian National Association, presents KINO CROATIA: NEW FILMS (May 30 - June 1, 2014),a Fundraiser for Flood Victims in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzogovina. American Cinematheque is joining the humanitarian effort to help the victims of recent catastrophic floods in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Proceeds from the film series will be donated to the Kino Croatia's Floods Relief Fund. Additional fundraising will take place during the three days of screenings, May 30 - June 01, culminating with the in person appearance by actors Goran Visnjic and Miraj Grbic, leading the drive. KINO CROATIA's opening night takes place at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on May 30th and will continue with four more feature films and a short film at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica May 31 - June 1. The series is produced by Matko B. Malinger.


Croatian cinema combines a haunting, often savagely bleak outcry against political and personal repression with humor, lyricism and a tenderness born of constant conflict and adversity. However, it was little known before late 2000, when the American Cinematheque and CAMEO presented "Wednesdays in Croatia," the first comprehensive overview of Croatian cinema ever mounted on the West Coast.

This year's Kino Croatia series opens with the latest hit comedy from director Vinko Bresan, THE PRIEST'S CHILDREN. A reception for all ticket holders will follow the screening, in the Egyptian Theatre courtyard. A priest - albeit a phony one - plays a central role in Krsto Papic's FLOWER SQUARE. Dalibor Matanic's HANDYMEN follows a beleaguered housewife who becomes the object of three men's affections. Bobo Jelcic's tense look at the war legacy, A STRANGER, dominated the Pula Film Festival awards this year. VIS-À-VIS examines a subject close to home for director Nevio Marasovic - a filmmaker struggling with the autobiographical script for his next project.

Film Schedule:

Opening Night: 
Friday, May 30, 2014 - 7:30 PM 

Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028 

The Priest's Children (2013)



2013, InterFilm, 93 min, Croatia, Dir: Vinko Bresan

Catholic priest Don Fabijan (Kresimir Mikic) is distressed to see his island parish shrinking in population, so he enlists a condom vendor (Niksa Butijer) and a pharmacist (Drazen Kuhn) to sabotage birth control methods - a plan that produces quite a few unintended complications. Working with frequent collaborators including writer-composer Mate Matisic, director Vinko Bresan handles a touchy subject with humor that shifts from whimsical to sardonic, making this comedic cautionary tale one of the year's biggest box office hits in Croatia. In Croatian with English subtitles.

Discussion following the film with actor Niksa Butijer. Evening concludes with Opening Night Party for all ticket holders with finger foods, drinks and live music performed by international actors & filmmakers.  

Saturday, May 31 - 7:30 PM: Double Feature

Aero Theatre, 1328 Montanta Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Handymen (2013)



2013, HRT/Croatian Radiotelevision, 75 min, Croatia, Dir: Dalibor Matanic

Though housewife Keka (Areta Curkovic) feels her marriage to Baja (Niksa Butijer) may be out of steam, the attentions of inept handyman Ilija (Goran Bogdan) are little consolation. After a warring Baja and Ilija practically destroy her home, Keka escapes to a coastal village, where a third man (Bojan Navojec) enters the picture. As in his earlier CASHIER WANTS TO GO TO THE SEASIDE, writer-director Matanic mines plenty of humor from these characters' mundane lives, including some wonderful slapstick sequences. In Croatian with English subtitles.

Discussion between films with HANDYMEN director Dalibor Matanic and actor Niksa Butijer.

Flower Square (2012)



2012, Ozana Film, 101 min, Croatia, Dir: Krsto Papić

To keep his son out of jail, puppeteer Filip (Drazen Kuhn) agrees to help police in a sting operation against a hospitalized crime boss (Mladen Vulic). Disguising himself as "Father Lovro," Filip hears the man's confession - but when the ruse is discovered, divine intervention seems his only hope for survival. The black comedy of director Papic's earlier WHEN THE DEAD START SINGING gets even more absurd here as the pretend priest sinks deeper into desperation. In Croatian with English subtitles.

Sunday, June 1 - 7:30 PM: Double Feature

Aero Theatre, 1328 Montanta Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Special guests, actors Goran Visnjic and Miraj Grbic, will introduce the screenings, lend their support and give guidance for Kino Croatia's floods relief efforts.

The double feature will be preceded by a short film:

"Little Hands" ("Male Ruke")

2011, Chandelier Films, 11 min. Dir. Claire McCarthey.

Written and produced by Dinka Dzubur, Australian actress of Croatian and Bosnian descent, short film "Little Hands" focuses on a need to heal the wounds and help the victims in the aftermath of a major humanitarian disaster. The film is based on the real life experience Dinka had doing humanitarian workshops at the post-war orphanage in the city of Mostar. Featuring D. Dzubur, Miraj Grbic, Manon Bennett and 54 kids from the orphanage. In Croatian and Bosnian with English subtitles.

Vis-A-Vis (2013)


2013, Antitalent Produkcija, 81 min, Croatia, Dir: Nevio Marasovic

A young director (Rakan Rushaidat) struggling to make his autobiographical debut feature cloisters himself on the island of Vis along with his lead actor (Janko Volarić Popović) to get the script into shape. As the men's artistic struggles intertwine with their personal ones, writer-director Marasović (THE SHOW MUST GO ON) reveals an affinity for sharp, self-reflexive humor reminiscent of vintage Woody Allen. In Croatian with English subtitles 

A Stranger (2013)



2013, Spiritus Movens, 85 min, Croatia, Dir: Bobo Jelcic


This haunting drama swept the top awards at the most recent Pula Film Festival. In the Bosnia and Herzegovina city of Mostar, ethnic fissures have not entirely closed two decades after the war, a fact underlined when one of Slavko's (Bogdan Diklić) old friends dies. Slavko and his wife (Nada Durevska) are Catholic and the deceased was Muslim; simply attending the man's funeral is an act fraught with peril. Stage stars Diklić and Đurevska capture the tense mood with every gesture, aided by some fine handheld camera work. In Croatian and Bosnian with English subtitles.

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$11 General Admission

$9 Student/Senior

$7 American Cinemathque Member 

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