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 was born in 1982 in Bjelovar. He holds a master’s degree in Documentary Film from the Film and TV Directing Department of the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Arts and in Design from the University of Zagreb’s Faculty of Graphic Arts. He is the author of about ten documentaries and two experimental films. His film Verdict (2012) premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival, after which it was showcased at some thirty national and world festivals, winning a number of awards, among which Special Mention at ZagrebDox. His film 4.7 won the Big Stamp in ZagrebDox Regional Competition. He works for Croatian Radiotelevision (documentary film production, production of children’s and science programmes) as external associate. He is the founder of the production company Pipser.

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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