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The Croatian film industry in 2015 has been marked by appearances at important international festivals, ensuring global recognition of Croatian film.
Filming of the trilogy about the Apache Indian chief brought to life in Karl May’s books has successfully completed after a total of 67 days, at approximately 20 different locations. Production in Croatia was handled by Alex Productions, where 220 film professionals worked on set over the span of four months. Distribution is expected around Christmas 2016.
Two Croatian minority co-productions, Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Sparrows and Full Contact by David Verbeek, were awarded at the 51st edition of the Chicago International Film Festival, the oldest competition festival in North America. Furthermore, the Bulgarian-Croatian film Judgement, directed by Stephan Komandarev, was awarded Best Film at the 24th Heartland Film Festival held in Indianapolis from October 16 - 25.
A film project that has been shooting in Split and the surrounding area for the last few weeks – a German series of TV films Mordkommission Split (Homicide Unit Split), about witty super cop Branka Marić, a fictional employee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Split, was presented to the media in the ACI marina in Split. Minister of Tourism Darko Lorencin, head of the HAVC Hrvoje Hribar, Deputy Mayor of Split Goran Kovačević, producer Lutz Wiedlich from Constantin Television and lead actress Neda Rahmanian attended the press-conference.
The Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI), wrapped its 39th Cineposium Film Summit at the Disseny Hub Barcelona (DHUB) in Barcelona, Spain on the eve of World Tourism Day (September 27). Film commission offices and tourism bureaus from 28 countries along with executives from HBO and The Walt Disney Company where represented at this year’s three-day film tourism themed conference.
Filming of the children’s film When my Father Became a Bush (Toen mijn Vader een Struik werd), directed by Nicole van Kilsdonk, began on September 21st in Zagreb.
The Odyssey, which has been filming on three different Dalmatian islands the last seven days, is a biopic about the legendary French oceanographer and undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau. The setting is the South of France, and the location is being played by Hvar, Vis and Biševo islands, where Cousteau first dove.
In the village of Breze, on the outskirts of Novi Vinodolski, Minister of Culture Berislav Šipuš, head of HAVC Hrvoje Hribar, producer Aleksandar Črček, lead producer Christian Becker (Rat Pack Productions) and the media visited the set of the Winnetou trilogy. They had the opportunity to watch the filming of the Indian wedding scene, in the new version of the cult films about the Apache Indian chief and his friend Old Shatterhand, based on the books by German author Karl May.
German star producer Christian Becker (“The Wave”, “Suck Me Shakespeer”) brings a myth back to life: The stories of Karl May’s Apache chief Winnetou and his companion Old Shatterhand. 50 years after the last Winnetou adventure kept a whole generation glued to the screen, director Phillip Stoelzl (“North Face”, “The Physician”) starts shooting the three-part high-budget drama for Germany’s RTL in Croatia and Cologne/ Germany.
The Toronto International Film Festival, running from September 10th to 20th, has announced 12 films selected to be screened in the Platform programme – a new juried competition which presents global film productions. Among the selected is the Dutch-Croatian coproduction Full Contact, as well as films by Pablo Trapero, Joaquim Lafosse, He Ping and Fabienne Berthaud.