Regional Competition

Happy Ever After Land

Goran Dević

We follow preparations, journey and the arrival of the two busses to the final destination. The first bus (from Rijeka to Kumrovec) whose ‘victorious’ passengers are to commemorate and celebrate Tito’s birthday by visiting Tito’s birth house; and the second bus (from Zadar to Bleiburg) which ‘ships’ elderly and ‘defeated’ ones as well as the youngsters of the ideology to the place of defeat. Though, what was going on there, in the two busses, has been an expression of the opposite ideo-logical positioning, for author it was something more. Being an outsider and observer, he was caught by the ways these events manifested themselves in dramatic and emotional ‘sameness’. What appeared to be the most important thing was that the passengers in both busses lived in the past. This living in the past could have been perceived as ‘normal’ and reasonable if the passengers in the busses were the eyewitnesses and participators of the Second World War. The point was that there was a gap of a few generations between the Great War generation and the majority of passengers in both busses. Still, the past has bridged the gap and the memory of it became trans-generational heritage.


Goran Dević

Goran Dević was born in Sisak in 1971. He graduated in Film and TV Directing from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb, where he currently works as assistant professor in the Film and TV Directing BA and MA programs. He is the author of award-winning documentary films, which screened in different programs at ZagrebDox: The Steel Mill Café (2017), 65+ (2016), Two Furnaces for Udarnik Josip Trojko (2012), Don Juan: Excuse Me, Miss (2010), The Flood (2010), Happy Land (2009), Three (2008), I Have Nothing Nice to Say to You (2005), Imported Crows (2004) and others. In 2018, he directed two documentaries: On the Water and In the Name of the Republic of Croatia. Film The Blacks (2009), which he codirected with Zvonimir Jurić, was his feature film debut.

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Sretna zemlja

2008, 50', color, video

Directed by:
Goran Dević

Screenplay by:
Goran Dević

Almir Fakić, Jure Černec, Mario Oljača, Tamara Cesarec

Edited by:
Vanja Siruček


Vanja Jambrović

Produced by:
Petnaesta umjetnost, WHW