In addition to the competition program of high school films, we have prepared a rich evening program at the best cinema locations: the banks of the Korana, Mrežnica, Dobra and Kupa rivers. Join us each evening at a different river! Apart from Karlovac (Korana), this year we are headed to Duga Resa (Mrežnica), and we will be discovering old forts of the Karlovac County - the Novigrad na Dobri castle and the Ozalj castle (Kupa).
Tuesday, September 11, the Korana river
"Srbenka" + Bob Milan
The winner of the Sarajevo Film Festival Best Documentary Award and a nominee for the European equivalent to the Oscars, one of this year's 15 best documentaries in the selection of the European Film Academy, Nebojša Slijepčević's award-winning "Srbenka", kicks off the evening program of the festival in Karlovac.
Director and writer: Nebojša Slijepčević
Editor: Tomislav Stojanović
Cinematographers: Nebojša Slijepčević, Bojan Mrđenović, Iva Kraljević
Producer: Vanja Jambrović
Executive producers: Tibor Keser, Rea Rajčić
Sound editor: Tihomir Vrbanec
Production sound mixer: Ivan Zelić
Graphic design: Šesnić&Turković
Associate producer: Oliver Sertić
Production company: Restart
Duration: 72 min.
In the winter of 1991, a young ethnic Serbian girl called Aleksandra Zec is murdered in Zagreb. A quarter of a century later, director Oliver Frljić stages a play about the case in Rijeka. Rehearsals for the play turn into collective psychotherapy sessions, and to the young star of the play, the twelve-year-old Nina, it seems as if the war has never ended.
Cannes Film Festival 2018 - Doc Alliance Selection Award / Nyon Visions du Réel 2018 – Buyens-Chagoll Award/ The 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival 2017 - CAT&Docs, Digital Cube and HBO Adria Awards / the 24th Sarajevo Film Festival 2018 - The Heart of Sarajevo for Best Documentary
"Srbenka" was chosen as the best film by Doc Alliance, a jury selected from seven key European festivals working in a creative partnership. Jury members have agreed that "Srbenka" is a tremendously important film which tells a universal story about personal and collective injustices that are carried as a burden, and explores an attempt to express that feeling through a work of art, essentially inadequate, yet still powerful.
After the screening,the mingling continues at the Ziggy Café, with a performance from the well-known Karlovac musician Bob Milan.
Wednesday, September 12, the Mrežnica river
The second evening of the festival is reserved for a Spanish story about Ibrahim, a fourteen-year-old Morrocan boy walking lost and alone on the outskirts of a major city. Having just found out he is to be deported in two days, he has packed his belongings and taken off, not knowing where... Meanwhile, Rafa, a fourteen-year-old Spaniard, runs into the men's room of a club. Marta, a girl who wants more from him than he can give, is waiting outside... The lives of the two boys intertwine.
Director and writer: Mikel Rueda
Cast: German Alcarazu, Adil Koukouh, Joseba Ugalde, Eder Pastor, Moussa Echarif, Mansour
Zakhnini, Ana Wagener, Alex Angulo
Duration: 95 minuta
SELECTED FOR THE FOLLOWING FESTIVALS:
• Zagreb Film Festival
• Avvantura Film Festival Zadar
• Festival de Málaga
• Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival
Thursday, September 13, the Dobra river
"The Eighth Commissioner" + Muzika za dobar đir
Siniša Mesjak, an arrogant, ambitious politician, finds himself at the center of a government-orchestrated scandal right before an election. To escape public scrutiny, he is sent to Trećić, the most remote inhabited island in the country. As the government commissioner, his mission there is to set up a local government unit, something that none of his seven predecessors have managed to do. On an island populated by elderly people who speak an unintelligible dialect and are cut off from the rest of the country, his only support is Tonino, an infantile young man suffering from epilepsy. While trying to carry out the appointed task, the commissioner encounters Italian smugglers, an Aboriginal woman, a Ukrainian porn star, a Bosnian criminal, the seventh commissioner, formerly presumed missing, and many other unspeakable things... including himself.
Director: Ivan Salaj
Production company: Alka Film Zagreb
Cast: Frano Mašković, Borko Perić, Nadia Cvitanović, Goran Navojec, Špiro Guberina, Ivo Gregurević, Filip Šovagović, Mate Gulin
Writer: The screenplay is an adaptation of Renato Baretić's eponymous bestselling Croatian novel.
The night continues at the Ziggy Café, where we mingle with Muzika za dobar đir (Music for a good time). The person behind this mysterious moniker is Dunja Bovan, a producer who counts the Youth Film Festival and the Four River Film Festival as one of her first "professional" performing experiences. In Karlovac she is known as the Cashier Who Wants To Go To The Seaside.
Friday, September 14, the Kupa River
"Little Men" + 4Head
In our final screening we meet 13-year-old Jake, who moves to his father's childhood home in Brooklyn following the death of his grandfather. In Brooklyn, Jake meets a charismatic boy named Tony, the son of Leonor, a single mother who runs a small shop downstairs. Jake's parents, Brian and Kathy, demand more rent from Leonor, which she cannot afford. At first, Jake and Tony are oblivious to the growing rift between their parents, continuing to enjoy the Brooklyn summer. Jake intends to become an artist, while Tony is an aspiring actor and they dream about enrolling in a prestigious art school together. However, the boys are unable to remain unscathed by the conflict simmering between their parents, and it soon draws a wedge between them.
SELECTED FOR THE FOLLOWING FESTIVALS:
• 2016 Sundance Film Festival – World Premiere
• Berlinale 2016 – Panorama & Generation
• Human Rights Film Festival 2016, Zagreb
Director: Ira Sachs
Cast: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Paulina Garcia, Michael Barbieri, Theo Taplitz
Writers: Mauricio Zacharias, Ira Sachs
Music: Dickon Hinchliffe
After the film, the mingling continues in the Ziggy Café, with a performance by 4head, a band hailing from Samobor and Zagreb, whose frontwoman is also a member of the film community - the cinematographer and director Dinka Radonić. 4head rocks by playing unorthodox hard/heavy/rock/ska covers of local and international pop hits.