20 years of Factum

The Barge Keeper

Silvio Mirošničenko
Screening time  
02.03. / Thursday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 4  
The Barge Keeper is a portrait of a man who guards old barges anchored on the river Drava near Osijek.

His daily routine with no modern technology or visitors to keep him company reflects the diversity of human existence. By portraying a man to whom abandoned barges represent his home and his whole world, Silvio Mirošničenko con- firms his exceptional sensibility for depicting unusual peo- ple. The film’s black-and-white photography underlines the simplicity, cruelty and beauty of such life.


Silvio Mirošničenko

Silvio Mirošničenko was born in Germany in 1972. He has directed numerous documentaries for Croatian Television and for independent producers. His Railway Patrolman won Best Documentary Film Award at Cinerail 2004 (France). Edo Maajka won Best Editing Award at the Days of Croatian Film 2008 and Best Film Award at DORF 2008. Three of his films won awards at the Liburnia Film Festival in Ičići (Barge Keeper, Railway Patrolman and Edo Maajka). His documentaries were shown at the most relevant national (Pula, Motovun, Days of Croatian Film) and international festivals (IDFA 2006, The Road of Fear; Cinéma du Réel 2004, The Barge Keeper). His films were screened in different ZagrebDox programs and represented Croatia at Prix Europa in Berlin three times.

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2003, 20'

Directed by:
Silvio Mirošničenko

Screenplay by:
Silvio Mirošničenko

Robert Cerić

Edited by:
Ivan Rajković

Pere Ištvančić

Nenad Puhovski

Produced by:

Festivals & Awards:

Liburnia Film Festival 2004 – Best Film, ZagrebDox 2004, Motovun Film Festival 2004; Days of Croatian Film 2003; Prix Europa 2003, Cinéma du Réel 2003; Environmental Film Festival 2004; Pärnu Film Festival 2004, Pool Film Festival 2004; DokMa 2004; Ecocinema Film Festival 2004; Docupolis Film Festival 2004