Two screenings were held in Pomena in the hall of the “Odisej” hotel and in the “Mediteran” cinema in Goveđari, a small village in the Mljet National Park. The preview of the film was organized by the Mljet Tourist Board under the auspices of the American Croatian Congress.
The film “Ane Mljećka” was filmed from July 28 to August 8, 2021, in numerous locations on the island of Mljet according to the proposal of professional collaborators Julija Kaleb and Marija Mrgudić to make a film about Ane Stražičić Rodriguez, a woman from Mljet who has lived and worked since her early age in the USA. She is well-known as Ane Mljećka, a humanitarian and promoter of Mljet and Croatia in the world. The authors of the film, Ljiljana Šišmanović and Davor Borić, recognized the universal value of the film’s story. Portraying one woman, her island, and their unbreakable bond, the film talks about traditional culture and all the challenges to preserving it in the contemporary world.
Ane Mljećka’s personality, knowledge, culinary skills, enthusiasm, and commitment to the preservation of traditional island values are the driving force behind the action that follows Ane Mljećka in her everyday life on Mljet during the summer days and before and during the 41st South Dalmatian Regatta. Ane hosts the participants of the regatta under the pine trees in the yard of her parent’s house in Pomena, with the mending of the “mriž (fishing nets)”, singing, and traditional dishes that she prepared.
Viewers of Croatian Television will be able to see the film premiere on Sunday, September 25, 2022, at 11:10 a.m. on the First Program of HTV (HRT-HTV1).
The director of photography is Dušan Vugrinec, the cameraman is Branko Drakulić, the sound cameraman is Dario Mačešić. Lighting master Damir Staneković, colorist Iva Blašković, sound engineer Robert Stanić, driver Krešo Gršić. Assistant director is Žaklina Komljen, producer Filip Marešić, editor Irena Korpes, script and direction by Ljiljana Šišmanović and Davor Borić, and editor Ljiljana Šišmanović.
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