Author's Night - Rajko Grlić

Drinking Water and Freedom III

Rajko Grlić
Screening time  
18.06. / Friday, 19:00 - 21:00 Ticket

The film Drinking Water and Freedom was made in 1973. It was only one minute long. The review commission for films from Socialist Republic of Croatia prohibited it from public screening. Its sequel, Drinking Water and Freedom II, was made in 1986. It tells the story of the fate of its predecessor and at the same time details what happened with a well and a stone plaque, the objects that had caused its ban. In 1998, Drinking Water and Freedom III was made, a third instalment and a continuation of the story about water, freedom and the well.


Rajko Grlić

Rajko Grlić was born in Zagreb in 1947. He graduated directing at FAMU in Prague. He directed and co-wrote nine fiction features, most of which had international distributions and screened in official competition at various international film festivals. He is the recipient of more than fifty prestigious international awards. He also produced and wrote screenplays for nine fiction features and two TV series. He has received various recognitions for screenwriting, including the UNESCO Award, FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the Peter Kastner Award. He has also directed three documentary series and several short films. He wrote, directed and produced the CR-ROM project: How To Make Your Movie: An Interactive Film School, which won eight international prizes, such as the Grand Award for Best Multimedia Project at the New York Film Festival in 1998. He teaches at Ohio University in Athens, USA, is the artistic director of Motovun Film Festival and director of the Imaginary Academy in Grožnjan. He directed and co-wrote the following feature films: The Constitution (2016), Just Between Us (2010), Border Post (2006), Josephine (2002), Croatia 2000: Who Wants to Be a President (documentary, co-written with Igor Mirković, 2001), Charuga (1991), That Summer of White Roses (1989), Three For Happiness (1986), In the Jaws of Life (1984), You Love Only Once (1981), Bravo Maestro (1978) and If It Kills Me (1974).

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Pitka voda i sloboda III

1999, 14'

Directed by:
Rajko Grlić

Screenplay by:
Rajko Grlić

Živko Zalar, Enes Midžić, Slobodan Trninić

Edited by:
Rajko Grlić, Mirna Supek, Ed Talavera

Nenad Puhovski, Ljupče Đokić

Produced by:
Factum, Zagreb film, Filmoteka 16

Festivals & Awards:

Dani hrvatskog filma 1999 – Croatian Film Days 1999 – Jury special mention for artistic contribution
Alpe Adria Cinema 2000
Trieste Film Festival
Videopolis 2002
ZagrebDox 2007


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