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Krelja;Petar

Petar Krelja was born in Štip, Macedonia, on June 24, 1940. He is one of the leading Croatian documentary film-makers, an acclaimed film critic from the generation of so-called Hitchcock followers (promoters of authorial criticism in this region), a long time film programmer on the Channel 1 of the Croatian Radio (former Radio-Zagreb). He graduated world literature from the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb and he has been engaged in film since the end of the ‘60s.

In the ‘70s he became known as an author of emotionally engaged documentaries on social outsiders, particularly children and young people (for instance Return, 1975; Admission Post, 1977), and he also became prominent with his work dealing with extraordinary social-psychological phenomena (for instance Bids Under the Number..., 1969; Witches, 1971) as well as with his socially critical titles (Recital, 1972; Splendid Isolation, 1973). Confronting the consequences of the war in Croatia in the ‘90s he frequently dealt with the theme of war refuges and war victims (for instance Zoran Šipuš and His Jasna, 1992; Suzana’s Smile, 1993), and this was the subject of his middle-length documentary omnibus Croatian Triptych (1993, he directed two pieces, while the third was directed by Edi Mudronja); particularly valuable is his documentary on naïve painter Kovačica /Ljubica’s Gift (1991).

Among his feature films the most prominent is Train Southward (1981), a comedy about the life of inhabitants of Novi Zagreb drawing on the tradition of Krešo Golik, the filmmaker to whom he dedicated a monographic book Golik(1997) both as the editor and the author of the core text.

FILMOGRAPHY

Feature films:

  • Ispod Crte / Below the Line (2003);
  • Stela (1990);
  • Vlakom prema jugu / Train Towards South (1981);
  • Godišnja doba /The Seasons (1979); Povratak / Return (1979)

Documentary films:

  • My Neighbour Tanja (2006);
  • The Marathon Man (2005);
  • The Burned Sun (2002);
  • The American Dream (1998);
  • My Brother Ante (1998);
  • Ana and Josip in the Town of Emperors (1995);
  • Croatian Triptych ( i. Ana and Her Brothers, ii. At the Railway Siding)(1993);
  • The Maize Route (1993);
  • Suzana’s Smile (1993);
  • Zoran Šipoš and his Jasna (1992);
  • Working Week (1978);
  • Play Time(1977);
  • Care-giver (1976);
  • Splendid isolation (1973);
  • Vigilance Song (1971);
  • Bids Under the Number… (1969)
ACROSS THE BORDER screenwriter and director
BIRDS scriptwriter and director
BROKEN WING Scriptwriter and director
MY NEIGHBOUR TANJA Screenwriter and Director
SLAVENKA OR ABOUT THE PAIN Director and scriptwriter
STORMS ALWAYS RETURN HOME Screenwriter and director
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