FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: November 14, 2000 Contact: Margot Gerber Tel.: 323.461.2020 x 115 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE OPENS CROATIAN CINEMA WEDNESDAYS WITH THE LA PREMIERE OF MARSHAL, CROATIA'S OFFICIAL SUBMISSION FOR ACADEMY AWARD CONSIDERATION Guest appearances to include:directors Vinko Bresan, Krsto Papíc, Vatroslav Mimica and Zdenko Gasparovic, plus actor Goran Visnjic` (SEE YOU, "ER") Presented in association with CAMEO (Croatian Arts, Media & Entertainment Organization) November 29 - December 20, 2000
HOLLYWOOD - The American Cinematheque presents Wednesdays In Croatia (November 29 - December 20, 2000), which opens with Croatia's official Academy Awards submission, MARSHAL, a satire in which the ghost of dictator Marshal Tito mysteriously appears on a remote island. The Wednesdays in Croatia Film Series revisits classics of Croatian cinema with films from the most important directors of the 1960's, including Vatroslav Mimica's KAJA I'LL KILL YOU, Ante Babaja's THE BIRCH TREE, Krsto Papic's HANDCUFFS and Zvonimir Berkovic's RONDO. The series also explores the new cinema of the Young Croatian Film Group, the generation influenced by the war, with Vinko Bresan's comedy MARSHAL and Goran Rusinovic's independent drama MONDO BOBO. Plus, our series features a tribute to the Zagreb School, one of the most acclaimed centers for animation in Europe. Since the 1960's, modern Croatian cinema has combined a haunting, angry, often savagely bleak outcry against political and personal repression with the humor, lyricism and tenderness born of constant conflict and adversity. Appearing in-person, are directors Vinko Bresan, Krsto Papíc, Vatroslav Mimica and Zdenko. Gasparovic and actor Goran Visnjic! All guests subject to their availability. All screenings are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood. Wednesday, November 29, 2000 The Wednesday, November 29th program begins at 7:00 PM with the Los Angeles premiere of MARSHAL (1999, Interfilm, 97 min). A major box office success in Croatia, director Vinko Bresan's MARSHAL also stirred a passionate debate at home, since the central character is the ghost of dictator Marshal Tito, who suddenly and mysteriously appears in a remote island community. Old communists and new capitalists try to take advantage of the situation, in this savage (and very funny) satirical comedy. "The film is about our relationship to history. It's a comedy. It wasn't intended as a political statement. Even the approach I adopted is more of a caricatured, stylised representation of reality and cannot therefore be seen as cinematic realism." -- Vinko Bresan. Discussion following with director Vinko Bresan. The Wednesday, November 29th program continues at 9:30 PM with RONDO (1966, Jadran Film, 90 min). The screenwriter Zvonimir Berkovic made his debut as a director with RONDO, which remains his most important film and a classic of Croatian cinema. Every Sunday, the lonely bachelor and sophisticated judge Mladen (Stevo Zigon), comes to play chess with his friend, the sculptor Fedja (Relja Basic), and gradually he falls into an affair with the sculptor's wife Neda (Milena Dravic). The chess board is the center of the film, the moves mirroring the emotional developments of the characters. "I remain a frustrated musician entirely obsessed by the desire to use the film medium to obtain the perfection of musical compositional forms." -- Zvonimir Berkovic. Wednesday, December 6, 2000 The Wednesday, December 6th program begins at 7:00 PM with HAMLET, A LITTLE VILLAGE SHOW (PREDSTAVA HAMLETA U MRDUSI DONJOJ) (1973, Jadran Film, 88 min). In the rocky village of Mrdusi Donja, all the villagers are rehearsing Shakespeare's Hamlet, to celebrate the anniversary of the president's election. Amusing and grotesque, Hamlet becomes a folk drama revealing the true nature of its real-life cast. Krsto Papic has received high praise for his masterly direction of the film. Discussion following with director Krsto Papic. Following at 9:15 PM is a Krsto Papic double feature. First on the bill is the LA PREMIERE of WHEN THE DEAD START SINGING (1999, Jadran Film, 106 min). Papic's most recent film is a bittersweet comedy about two Croatian emigrants (Ivo Gregurevic and Ivica Vidovic) who are traveling back to theirhomeland from Germany, longing for their families, love and a peaceful life. Along the way, the Mafia and secret police make their journey a difficult adventure -- but the most dangerous events are still to come, when they arrive home to face the war in Croatia. This absurdist farce was awarded the prize for BEST DIRECTOR at the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, CO and BEST FILM at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Director Krsto Papíc will introduce screening. Papic is also available for interview in LA starting Dec. 1. Next on the same bill is HANDCUFFS (LISICE), (1969, Jadran Film, 75 min). In a small village in the sterile and rocky Karst region, a wedding procession is disturbed by the presence of two local executioners hunting Stalinist sympathizers. Like avenging angels, the executioners seize Andrija, a revered village leader, throwing the town into deadly confusion. A visually stunning, emotionally terrifying portrait of human brutality from one of Croatia's foremost documentary filmmakers, Krsto Papic, who achieved international acclaim with this film. It was previously announced that this film would run 1st on the double bill. Please note that the correct order is what is listed here.
Wednesday, December 13, 2000 The Wednesday, December 13th program begins at 7:00 PM with short films from the ZAGREB SCHOOL OF ANIMATION (85 min.). The Zagreb School, which reached its peak in the 1960's, is considered one of the most modernist European animated film schools and produced some of the most important animated short films of its time. Included in this program are the following films: Opening Night (Premijera), 1958, 10 min, dir. Nikola Kostelac. At the opera the real show is watching the audience. The Fly (Muha), 1966, 8 min, dir. Aleksandar Marks. The relationship between a fly and a man, written by Vatroslav Mimica. Small Chronicle (Mala Kronika) 1962, 10 min, dir. Vatroslav Mimica. A blind man and his dog play music while pedestrians and cars go by. Satiemania, 1978, 16 min, dir. Zdenko Gasparovic. Inspired by the music of Erik Satie, a symphony of colors, lines and atmosphere. Fisheye (Riblje Oko), 1980, 10 min, dir. Josko Marusic. One night the fish take over the fishermen's village. The Cat, 1971, 11 min, dir. Zlatko Bourek. An odd idyll between a young poet and his cat transformed by Venus into a gorgeous girl. The Ersatz (Surogat), 1961, 9 min, dir. Dusan Vukovic. 1962 Academy Award winner. On the beach a tourist inflates a whole world. Learning To Walk (Skola Hodanja) 1978, 8 min, dir. Borivij Dovnikovic. A child receives lessons on how to walk from four different persons. Discussion following with directors Vatroslav Mimica & Zdenko Gasparovic. Following at 9:30 PM is a screening of KAJA, I'LL KILL YOU (KAJA, UBIT CU TE) (1967, Jadran Film, 87 min) from director Vatroslav Mimica. An idealized Dalmatian town on the Adriatic Coast enjoys peace for the last three centuries, until almost unannounced, the black uniformed Facists arrive. An ordinary shopkeeper, Kaja, watches as the shadows of oppression spread quickly across his town - until one day, his lifelong friend (and Fascist convert) Piele makes his way to Kaja's shop and announces "Kaja, I'll kill you!" The film is built upon a complex series of motifs, in which the ruined and desolated town is contrasted with its former graceful, civilized and harmonious past. Director Vatroslav Mimica will introduce the screening. Wednesday, December 20 - 7:00 PM The Wednesday, December 20th program begins at 7:00 PM with THE BIRCH TREE (BREZA) (1967, Jadran Film, 100 min). A classic of Croatian cinema and director Ante Babaja's most important film, THE BIRCH TREE is inspired by a folk painting which recounts the tragic death of a beautiful but frail peasant girl, Janica (Manca Kosir), who is metaphorically linked to the slender and vulnerable birch tree. Brilliant and beautiful lensing by Tomislav Pinter, one of the most renowned Croatian cameramen. A portrait of the peasant life laced with tragedy, humor and sentiment. Following at 9:15 PM is a double feature. First on the bill is SEE YOU (1993, Jadran Film, 70 min). One of the Young Croatian Film group, Ivan Salaj's graduation project displays his personal attitude toward the war in a slightly morbid tale about the friendship and fate of five young men. Andre, Maks (Goran Visnjic), Mislav and Kruno meet after a long absence at their friend Borna's funeral, who was killed while in the National Guard. The four friends decide to steal his coffin from the cemetery and bury it in the forest, according to their previous childhood agreement. Next on the same bill is MONDO BOBO (1997, DSL Film, 80 min). One of the first truly independent Croatian films, directed by Goran Rusinovic. A stylish black and white crime drama inspired by the films of Jim Jarmusch and Shunya Tsukamoto, MONDO BOBO was based on the case of Vinko Pintaric, a serial killer who escaped from prison and evaded the grasp of police for several years. In Rusinovic's hands, the story becomes a parable of a maladjusted young man who flees to escape a group of blackmailers and extortionists. Actor Goran Visnjic to introduce these sceenings. Double features include both films for one admission price of $7 general. There is a 5-minute intermission between films. Running times are provided to figure out the approximate start time of the second film in the double bill. Director Krsto Papic` (HAMLET, WHEN THE DEAD START SINGING, HANDCUFFS) will be available for interview. Papic` arrives in Los Angeles on November 30. Interview arrangements can be made through Tony Mandich Productions: tel 818.888.7374 / fax 818.702.0767 / email@example.com BLACK & WHITE PHOTOS (DIGITAL FILES) ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST WE DO NOT HAVE GUARANTEED PRESS PASSES TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANCE PRESS SCREENINGS. A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films has been mailed to you. MOST FILMS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON VIDEOTAPE (NTSC) WITH SUBTITLES FOR PRESS PREVIEW IN OUR OFFICES. CALL TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE THEM. LOCAL VIDEO STORES LISTED BELOW MAY ALSO HAVE SOME TITLES. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALL MARGOT GERBER 323.461.2020, ext. 115. THANK YOU. MARSHAL RONDO HANDCUFFS WHEN THE DEAD START SINGING Zagreb School of Animation Program (no subtitles, but titles not necessary to comprehend) KAJA, I'LL KILL YOU (no subtitles, but titles not necessary to comprehend) THE BIRCH TREE SEE YOU (no subtitles) MONDO BOBO Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee (Burbank) Walk in only no phone. Jerry's Video (1904 Hillhurst, Los Feliz - 323.666.7471) Rocket Video (726 N. La Brea - 323.965.1100) Cinefile (11280 Santa Monica Blvd. - Corner of Sawtelle Ave. - 310.312.8836) Vidiots (302 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica - 310/392-8508) REQUESTS FOR PRESS TICKETS TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS MUST BE IN WRITING. FAX TO 323.461.9737 ATTN: MARGOT GERBER, 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SHOW TIME. FRIDAY AT NOON IS THE ABSOLUTE DEADLINE FOR WEEKEND OR HOLIDAY SCREENINGS. JOURNALISTS WISHING TO AUDIO OR VIDEOTAPE DISCUSSIONS MUST ALSO SEND A WRITTEN REQUEST. YOUR NAME WILL THEN BE ON A LIST AT THE BOX OFFICE. THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
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