Regional Competition

FROM GRAIN TO PAINTING

Branko Ištvančić
Screening time  
27.02. / Monday, 13:00 - 15:00 Theatre 3  
29.02. / Wednesday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 2  
01.03. / Thursday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 1  
Naive female artists called straw-girls Croats in the north of today's Vojvodina are something like forgotten miracle...

Naive female artists called straw-girls Croats in the north of today's Vojvodina are something like forgotten miracle. The name ‘straw-girls’ is derived from Croatian name for straw. They use straw weaving for making beautiful and poetic description of their hard and lonely life at home which is a small oasis with a hut in immense Panonian golden plain with several trees and unavoidable well. Very common motives are small Catholic churches and Christian symbols. At the 1976 international exhibition of naive art in Moscow Ana Milodanovic won the gold medal with her work with straw weaving. Also, Kata Rogic had exceptional honour to present her work to Pope Paul the 6th in Vatican.

Branko Ištvančić

Branko Ištvančić was born in Subotica and graduated in Film and TV Directing at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. He made his first 8 mm films mentored by his first film teacher, Zoltán Siflis from Subotica. At thirteen he won the Yugoslavian cinema technique competition. First Film Foundation from London included his student film ‘Rastanak’ (1993) as one of six best films by young European directors. Twice he won the Oktavijan award for documentary film. At Croatian Film Days he was awarded the Grand Prix for best film, Golden Oil-lamp and Best Director Award, as well as numerous prizes at foreign festivals. His documentary film ‘Plašitelj kormorana’ (1998.) was said to be one of the best documentaries in Croatia, while his live-action debut ‘Duh u močvari’ (2006) achieved excellent viewer rates. The short film ‘Recikliranje’ is a part of the ‘Zagrebačke priče’ omnibus (2009). He is a member of the Croatian Film Directors Guild.

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OD ZRNA DO SLIKE

Croatia, Serbia
2011, 75', color, video

Directed by:
Branko Ištvančić

Cinematography:
Branko Cahun

Edited by:
Branko Ištvančić

Music:
Pere Ištvančić

Producer:
Marijo Vukadin

Produced by:
Olimp produkcija Zagreb, HRT