Three Croatian films at Berlinale 2023
Croatian cinematography will be represented at this year's edition of the festival by the films: ’Eeva', 'Between the Revolution' and 'Infinity Pool'.
In addition to Croatian productions, Croatian actors will also be presented at the Berlinale.
Leon Lučev plays one of the main roles in the film Disco Boy, the feature film debut of the Italian director Giacomo Abbruzzese. The film is shown as part of the main competition program (Competition). In addition, the young Croatian actress Nika Petrović played a role in the film Sea Sparkle by the Belgian director Domien Huyghe, which opens the section intended for young people - Generation. Sea Sparkle was created in a Belgian-Dutch co-production, and the associate producer is Siniša Juričić (Nukleus Film).
The animated film Eeva will be screened in the short film competition - Berlinale Shorts. The animation on the film was done by Goran Stojnić and Noemi Ribić along with Estonian colleagues Egert Kesa and Tarma Vaarmetsem. In addition to directing, Morten Tšinakov and Lucija Mrzljak also signed the editing, script (Tšinakov) and design (Mrzljak). The film was produced by Draško Ivezić (Adriatic Animation), together with Kalev Tamm from the Estonian studio Eesti Joonisfilm. Eeva is the story of the saddest day in Eeva's life, when she suddenly becomes a widow.
'We were very lucky to collaborate with a talented author duo for whom this is their third collaboration, the second with our studio. Lucija Mrzljak is the author of a strong author's expression, and her distinctive illustrator's handwriting is especially visible in Eeva, where she designed visual solutions based on Tšinakova's script,' said producer Draško Ivezić. This is the first time since Croatia's independence that a domestic animated film competes in the Berlinale Shorts program. The aforementioned program presents up to 25 titles with international and world premieres every year.
The feature-length hybrid documentary Between Revolution by Romanian director Vlad Petri is co-produced with Croatian Restart, and will have its world premiere as part of the Forum program. Between Revolution is a film made from archive footage that shows the lives and destinies of two women, former college colleagues and friends who both live in patriarchal societies - Maria is from Romania and Zahra is from Iran. It is a hybrid film that mixes archival footage and documents with fictional elements, and at the core of the story is their mutual correspondence.
The film was produced by the Romanian company Activ Docs, in co-production with companies from Croatia (Restart) and Iran (undisclosed). The Croatian co-producer is Oliver Sertić. The Croatian film crew consists of associate producer Vanja Jambrović, production assistant Zrinka Košar, additional footage cameraman Ana Hušman, additional music composer Filip Sertić, foley authors Siniša Krneta and Martin Semenčić, graphic designer Lena Telenta and others. The director of the film is Vlad Petri, who co-wrote the script with Lavinija Branişte, and the editors are Dragoş Apetri, Cătălin Cristuţiu and Vlad Petri. The producer is Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan (Activ Docs). The film was supported by funds from the Romanian National Film Center CNC and the Croatian Audiovisual Center, with the support of the Doha Film Institute.
The Forum program is dedicated to contemporary international cinematography and avoids conventional distinctions, such as that between fiction and documentary. The program is independently curated and organized by the Arsenal Film and Video Arts Institute.
The feature film Infinity Pool directed by Brandon Cronenberg, which is a Canadian-Hungarian-Croatian co-production (Croatian producer is Anita Juka, 4Film), will have its European premiere in Berlin after its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (USA) in January. This sci-fi horror film was included in the Berlinale Special program, dedicated to various works that 'elevate film as an art form'.
The producers of the film are Karen Ella Harnisch and Andrew Cividino (Film Forge), Noah Segal and Christina Piovesan (Elevation Pictures), Rob Cotterill and Anita Juka (4Film), with associate producer Laura Sinovčić (4Film). The co-producers of the film are Daniel Kresmery and Jonathan Halperyn (Hero Squared).
The film was partly shot in Šibenik, and more than 75 Croatian film workers were engaged on the set. Zijad Gračić, Alan Katić, Amar Bukvić, Romina Tonković and Dunja Sepčić contributed to the film's cast, and more than 400 extras took part in the filming. Starring Alexander Skarsgård and Mia Goth, the film follows novelist James Foster as he unsuccessfully tries to write his second book while spending time on an all-inclusive vacation with his wife, Em. A fatal accident at the resort exposes a perverse subculture of hedonistic tourism, wanton violence and surreal horrors.