A chance to watch three Croatian films at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, one of the most significant festivals of independent movie in the united states, founded in 1984 by Robert Redford.
The feature movie Deer Boy, along with the animated films Hedgehog’s Home and Manivald, minority movie co-productions and three directed by women, are chosen into the official short film contest of one of the most famous festivals celebrating independent film in the United States — the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, HAVC reports.
Deer Boy, written and directed by Katarzyne Gondek, is a Polish-Belgian-Croatian co-production (Croatian co-producer — Motion).
The movie premiered at the Krakow Film Festival at the end of May, and is a blend of horror and fairytale, together with elements of absurd humor. The cinematographer is Maciej Twardowski, the producers are Paweł Kosuń and Agnieszka Janowska, and also the editor will be Jarosław Piekarski. The Croatian team comprises co-producer Barbara Vekarić and audio programmer Ivan Zelić.
Deer Boy is a horror fairytale about instincts, the very first search, blood and character. After a hunter becomes father to a boy created with deer antlers, parental heat blends with disgust, fantasies with truth, and a kid’s innocence with courses on killing. The movie stars Janusz Chabior, Katarzyna Śnieżka Sobiszewska, Eryk Maj, Mieszko Czachor and Andrzej Adamczak, while Doris Šarić-Kukuljica, Ivan Mokrović and Kristijan Ugrina have voice-over roles.
Eva Cvijanović composed and directed Hedgehog’s Home. The Movie is a Canadian-Croatian co-production (National Film Board of Canada and also Bonobostudio, Croatia). Hedgehog’s Home lately returned from Poland with its 24th award, and has also been nominated for the prestigious International Animated Film Society’s Annie Award at the short animated film category.
Hedgehog’s Home (Ježeva kuća)
Hedgehog’s Home is an adaptation of the well-known fable by Branko Ćopić, also is the narrative of a hedgehog and some forest dwellers — a fox, a wolf, a boar and a bear — representing the importance of home. The movie is made by Jelena Popović (NFB) and Vanja Andrijević (Bonobostudio).
The animated movie Manivald by Chintis Lundgren is a Canadian-Croatian-Estonian co-production. The Croatian co-producer is Draško Ivezić (Adriatic Animation) who, along with Chintis Lundgren, co-wrote the script.
This is the identical duo who worked to the various award-winning animated movie Life with Herman H. Rott. So far, Manivald has screened at numerous festivals and won many awards all over the world including Greatest Croatian Film at this year’s Animafest.
All 3 films are co-financed by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre.