“Night of Croatian Films” Taking Place Tonight

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More than a hundred films will be screened in cinemas in ten towns in Croatia and abroad.

The fifth edition of the Night of Croatian Films and New Media will take place tonight. It will be marked by cartoons about Professor Baltazar, documentaries about Croatian artists, and the history of advertising, reports Večernji List on October 6, 2018.

In just one evening, from 6 pm to 2 am, over a hundred Croatian films from different genres will be screened. The entry to the cinemas involved in the project will be free. The event will take place in six Croatian towns (Zagreb, Sisak, Otočac, Šibenik, Nova Gradiška and Dubrovnik), and also in cinemas in Serbia (Subotica), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Mostar), Hungary (Kophaza) and Austria (Vienna).

The opening ceremony will take place at the Europa Cinema in Zagreb, with the concert “Travelling with Film Music” performed by the Capella Odak choir, which will remind the audience of well-known music from Croatian films.

The artistic director of the event, Irena Škorić, and a group of experts have created a specific film programme for each town, all linked by Professor Baltazar. This character from a popular series of Croatian cartoons celebrates his 50th birthday this year. Each town will see an episode of the animated series.

Zagreb’s Europa Cinema will also screen old Croatian commercials produced in the period from 1928 to 1955, with a special treat – the oldest known Croatian commercial, “The New Life of a Cook”, from 1928.

Many of the documentaries are dedicated to artists such as Zlatko Bourek, Boris Bućan, Leo Junek, Stanislav Bavčević, Vojin Bakić, Tom Gotovac and Ivan Kožarić. The documentary “Dušan Vukotić – Croatian Oscar Winner” by Silvije Petranović will have its world premiere tonight.

A special part of the event is devoted to young authors. This programme includes first films by Karla Lulić, Goran Ribarić and Ivan Mokrović.

One of the more interesting films that will be shown tonight is “The Attack on the National Bank in Rijeka” by Mladen Juran, a short film which is a remake of the first film shot in Croatia in 1909, which was lost soon after the opening night. The story of the lost original is based on a true event, a bank robbery that occurred in the centre of Rijeka in 1909. The robbers were two young Russians, and the bank’s manager died during the incident.

Translated from Večernji List (reported by Maja Car).


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