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The Cloud

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  • 2011
  • 78'
  • digibeta
  • color
  • Orig. Title: Oblak

The savage beating and subsequent death of Zagreb high-school senior student Luka Ritz (18) in 2008 shocked the Croatian public, as did the months-long search for the juvenile perpetrators of the crime. The incident also sparked an unprecedented civil campaign in Croatia against the escalation of youth violence. The Cloud is an intimate story of events that took place beyond the reach of all the publicity surrounding the case: an emotional story about the traumatic loss of an only son, a best friend and a first boyfriend. This documentary film follows Luka’s parents, friends and girlfriend in their everyday struggle with anger, grief, disappointment, anxiety and memories, over the period of one year following his death. At the same this is also a story about the importance and necessity of civil solidarity and activism in today’s society.

Miroslav Sikavica
Miroslav Sikavica
Iva Kraljević
Iva Kraljević
Sound Design
Dubravka Premar, Gordan Fučkar
Miroslav Sikavica
Vinko Brešan
Zagreb film

Miroslav Sikavica graduated in film and tv directing from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb, as well as comparative literature and Croatian language and literature from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Sikavica has written and directed around thirty short documentaries, most of them being episodes of Direkt (2005 –2009), the popular documentary television series about Croatian young people and their problems. The Cloud is his first documentary feature.

Selected Filmography – Miroslav Sikavica (1975)

  • Six Months to Three Years (2010) – documentary short
  • Mrs. Before (2006) – fiction short
  • Of Princes and Horses (2004) – documentary short
  • The Smell of the Sky (2003) – documentary short
  • The Fall (2002) – fiction short

Croatian film catalogue

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