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20 Days in Tibet

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  • 2012
  • 71'
  • video
  • color
  • Orig. Title: 20 dana na Tibetu

This film tells the story of a group of people from Zagreb who travel with Croatian, Nepalese and Tibetan guides on a journey from Nepal to the beautiful Tibetan highlands. The journey takes them on a meandering route from Kathmandu via Lhasa to western Tibet, to make a pilgrimage, or kora, to the sacred mountain Kailash. This itinerary allows the travellers to adapt quickly to life in the mountain ranges of Tibet, without succumbing to altitude sickness. The travellers’ adventurous spirits and enquiring minds allow them to step willingly into this unfamiliar environment. Of the group, only the scriptwriter – Dubravka Manola – is familiar with this landscape. She took part in a similar expedition ten years earlier and has a strong spiritual connection with Tibet. The purpose of this very special film is to create an authentic record of the travellers’ preparations in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, as well as their adventures and experiences in Tibet.

Silvestar Kolbas
Dubravka Manola
Silvestar Kolbas
Sven Pavlinić
Jakov Kolbas
Sound Design
AVC Studio, Bojan Kondres, Žana Lončarić
Zdenka Gold
Spiritus Movens

Silvestar Kolbas (1956) graduated in cinematography from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb, and joined its teaching faculty in 1995. He began his career as a freelance photographer and director of photography before joining Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) where he worked on TV dramas, short films, a feature film Diploma za smrt (1989), and numerous documentaries. In recent years he has made a number of digital video documentaries and feature films as a cinematographer. He made his directorial debut with the documentary All About Eva (2003).

Selected Filmography – Silvestar Kolbas (1956)

  • Self-portrait V2.1 (2012) – documentary short
  • 20 Days in Tibet (2012) – documentary feature
  • The War Reporter (2011) – documentary feature
  • All About Eva (2003) – documentary feature

Croatian film catalogue

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