Acclaimed Hvar Film ‘Fishermen’s Conversations’ to be Screened at EBRD in London

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It smashed all attendance records on the island of Hvar when Kino Mediterran screened its island premiere in October, and now Fishermen’s Conversations is coming to London. A truly beautiful tribute to the fishermen of Hvar. 

A rare chance in London to see the acclaimed film Fishermen’s Conversations about the lives and challenges of a small fishing community in Dalmatia. The film, by Chiara Bove Makiedo, is a tribute to the director’s late fisherman grandfather, who died when she was just three years old, and took four years to make. Apart from a few film festivals and its Hvar premiere, Fishermen’s Conversations has had limited public screenings until, now but the British-Croatia Society announced on January 14, 2016 that the film would be shown in London later this month. The press release in full:

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) & the British-Croatian Society are delighted to be able to invite you to a very special event on January 28: the screening of Fishermen’s Conversations by the Croatian /Italian film director Chiara Bove Makiedo (synopsis below). The film is in Croatian, Italian and English with sub-titles.

The location: EBRD, 1 Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN (near Liverpool Street station)

The programme:

– welcome reception at 1730
– the screening at 18-05 followed by a Q & A session with the film director
– a cocktail reception with Croatian wine from 19-15.

If you wish to attend, it is essential to register for this event by replying to [email protected] by January 26. Security at EBRD means you should allow an extra 10 minutes to enter the building and you should come with some form of ID.
Fishermen’s Conversations is a study of a Mediterranean island, a young woman’s ode to her Grandfather and a portrait of a group of men struggling to maintain their fishing livelihood in a rapidly changing landscape.


Taking its title from the epic 16th century poem by the islands great poet, Petar Hektorović, the film uses minimal dialogue and narration in a partly fly-on-the-wall documentary that laments the depredation of tourism in Croatia and the greed that invites it. At the same time, the film celebrates the conservation of a way of life that helps preserve the identity of the island.

Just as in Hectorović’s poem, in the film we journey with fishermen as they take to the seas to make their living, ‘Fishermen’s Conversations’ encourages the viewer to agree that not all is lost if we can only allow time to stand still once in a while.


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