DAYS OF CROATIAN CINEMA 2002
Documentary Film: Does Quantity translate into Quality?
Considering the number of
documentary films screened, and the number of entries (67
entries, 33 screened), Croatian documentary production
seems to be very much alive and kicking, moreover, per
capita production surpassed that of the Indian film industry.
In view of this, one wonders whether the old Marxist saying
that quantity makes quality still stands, or in other words,
was the quantity large enough to produce some praiseworthy
quality. Although tempted to give a negative answer, I
must observe that the Days of Croatian film have offered
a number of really successful documentaries; a number significant
enough to set in motion the law of large numbers.
that were screened could roughly be divided in three categories:
films with social issues, poetical-essayistic, and ’happily
balanced’. Several films were strongly politically and
socially colored (Amarcord, 1991-2001; Pavillion
22; Bitter Dreams) with a strong theme and
a firm attitude, but lacked structure, and were of small
aesthetic relevance. As opposed to these, there were films
that were keener on creating an authentic setting instead
of mirroring the author’s attitude. There was a Day, The
Forgotten and Gold Diggers from the End of the World closely
fit the label poetic or essayistic documentary.
The third, rather versatile group included social, psychological,
even reportage works, some of them more relevant than others,
although they were all much behind the middle poetic group.
We may conclude that, on the whole, Croatian documentary
presents a solid and quite decent part of Croatian film
production, although not very innovative.