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, born in Zagreb in 1975, is a film director and screenwriter. She studied acting, as well as film and TV directing at the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her short films Garbage (2003) andEditing (2006) have been awarded and competitively screened at numerous international festivals. Her film, View From a Well (2011), was named best short film at the American International Film Festival, where Ivona also received the award for best director. She is the author of Facing the Day (2006), a successful and award-winning documentary screened at 2014 ZagrebDox. The feature film You Carry Me (2015) premiered at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival and has, among others, won six awards at the Pula Film Festival and four at the Montenegro Film Festival. The film was nominated for a European Film Award and longlisted for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Film category.

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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