FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:      November 14, 2000
Contact:  Margot Gerber
Tel.:     323.461.2020 x 115
E-mail:         amcin@msn.com

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 / mandich@pacbell.net

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

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