Croatian Feature Documentaries Retrospective

Facing the Day

Ivona Juka
Screening time  
24.02. / Monday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 3  
A group of prisoners from the Lepoglava penitentiary participated in a prison play based on William Shakespeare’s "Midsummer Night’s Dream"...

The show originated from improvisations on prison life. Initially it was intended for in-prison performances only, but it exceeded its original purpose of a prison workshop and was staged at several Croatian theatres. The main roles are played by Tuljo, Maki and Zane. The three of them are completely different. They serve different sentences, for different actions, have different jobs in prison, and even in places where everything is unified they live different lives. Their differences are not only related to personality, but also to social background, interests, wishes. Throughout the film we follow the prison life and theatre becomes a metaphor of escape and acceptance of the socially unaccepted.

Ivona Juka

Ivona Juka is the author of Facing the Day, the most award-winning Croatian documentary film. The film had successful cinema distribution in multiplexes and on television. Her short fiction films Garbage and Editing, were awarded and  selected in official competition of numerous festivals. Her film View From a Well was awarded as the Best Short Film at American International Film Festival in 2010 and Ivona was awarded as the Best Director.

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Što sa sobom preko dana

2006, 73', video

Directed by:
Ivona Juka

Screenplay by:
Ivona Juka

Mario Oljača

Edited by:
Ivor Ivezić

Tamara Obrovac

Anita Juka

Produced by:
4 Film

Festivals & Awards:

DokMa Documentary Film Festival Maribor 2009 – Golden Water Lily for Best Documentary Film, Category of Regional Documentary Film Made by Young Filmmakers; Days of Croatian Film 2006 – Grand Prix; Oktavijan Award for Best Documentary Film; Best Editing; Heart of Sarajevo for Best Documentary Film; GoEast International Film Festival 2006 – Best Documentary Film