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The Diary of Diana B.

Dana Budisavljević
Screening time  
16.03. / Monday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 1 Ticket

The Independent State of Croatia is enforcing racial laws. In the autumn of 1941, Diana Budisavljević learns that mothers and children of Orthodox origin are taken to camps near Zagreb. Her husband, a famous doctor from Zagreb, Julije Budisavljević, is also assigned a number and labelled as undesirable. In an atmosphere of fear and threats, unrelenting and committed to the idea of humanity, Diana and a few of her friends embark on a risky initiative from her apartment, which consequently saved over 10 thousand children from certain death. Political turmoil made her Austrian origin unfavourable and the merits if the biggest charity and rescue action of the Second World War have been hushed until now.


Dana Budisavljević

Dana Budisavljević was born in 1975 in Zagreb, where she graduated from the Film and TV Editing Department of the Academy of Dramatic Arts. She worked as a film editor, production assistant and organizer of film festivals. Her directorial debut was the documentary Straight A’s! (2004), after which she went on to win wide acclaim with Family Meals (2012). With Hulahop, a production company she founded with Olinka Vištica in 2006, she produced documentary series Slumbering Concrete by Saša Ban, as well as films I Like That Super Most the Best by Eva Kraljević, Then I See Tanja by Juraj Lerotić, and others. The Diary of Diana B. (2019) is her debut feature-length film. It premiered at the 2019 Pula Film Festival, where it won six awards, after which it was screened and awarded at international festivals.

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Dnevnik Diane Budisavljević

Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia
2019, 88'

Directed by:
Dana Budisavljević

Screenplay by:
Dana Budisavljević, Jelena Paljan

Jasenko Rasol

Edited by:
Marko Ferković

Alen Sinkauz, Nenad Sinkauz

Miljenka Čogelja, Olinka Vištica, Vlado Bulajić, Lija Pogačnik, Snežana van Houwelingen

Produced by:
Hulahop, December, This and That

Festivals & Awards:

Pula Film Festival 2019 – Grand Golden Arena for Best Film, Golden Gate of Pula Audience Award, FEDEORA jury Recognition for Best Croatian Feature Film, Golden Arena for Best Director, Golden Arena for Best Editing, Golden Arena for Best Music; Film Festival Cottbus 2019 – Best Debut Film; Free Zone Belgrade 2019 / Human Rights Award, Audience Award; Zagreb Film Festival 2019 – PLUS Award for Best Youth Film; Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival 2019 – International Competition Schoumann Award; Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival 2019


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