My Best Dox

The Verdict

Đuro Gavran
Screening time  
24.02. / Monday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 4  
Being in the right place at the right time has always been a mark of a good documentary filmmaker...

Being in the right place at the right time has always been a mark of a good documentary filmmaker. However, what distinguishes a brilliant filmmaker from a mere chronicler is the way they shape the filmed material into a coherent cinematic whole. In his film The Verdict, Đuro Gavran films the crowd, decorated with nationalist symbols, gathering in Zagreb’s main square to see the live broadcast of the trial to Croatian generals in The Hague. In a Diane Arbus manner, Gavran manages to capture the almost grotesque moment when the faces of individuals at the moment of sentencing change from euphoria to teary-eyed disappointment. Still, the formal precision of this film’s making and editing makes it possible to take a dignified distance from the protagonists and gives us food for thought about the real motifs that stimulate these people to use nationalist iconography as compensation for their sorrow, trauma or disappointment.

Mario Kozina


Đuro Gavran

Đuro Gavran holds a master's degree in documentary film directing from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb and design from the Faculty of Graphic Design, University of Zagreb. He is the author of about thirty documentaries. His first film The Verdict premiered at Rotterdam in 2013, and the last one, One of Us, spoke about the topic of sexual abuse of children along with an educational campaign. The film 4.7 won the Big Stamp in regional competition ZagrebDox in 2016. He has also made many television documentaries within the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) and the documentary TV series Good Economy. He is the founder of the Pipser production company. He lives and works in Zagreb.

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2012, 10', DCP

Directed by:
Đuro Gavran

Screenplay by:
Đuro Gavran

Pavel Posavec, Nikola Sučević, Tamara Duganđija, Đuro Gavran

Edited by:
Iva Mrkić

Miljenka Čogelja

Produced by:
Pipser d.o.o

Festivals & Awards:

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013