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The Diary of Diana B.

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  • HR, SI, RS
  • 2019
  • 88'
  • historical, drama
  • debut film
  • Orig. Title: Dnevnik Diane Budisavljević

Deeply troubled by the persecution of mothers and children in Nazi-occupied Croatia, Austrian housewife Diana Budisavljević embarks on a perilous campaign, rescuing more than 10 000 children from ill-famed Ustasha camps. Initially working in her favour, Diana’s Austrian descent later becomes a burden, and the eventual reason why one of the greatest humanitarian stories of WWII was left untold.

Dana Budisavljević
Dana Budisavljević, Jelena Paljan
Jasenko Rasol
Marko Ferković
Sound Design
Jakov Munižaba
Alen Sinkauz, Nenad Sinkauz
Costume Design
Martina Franić
Production Design
Dušan Milavec, Ivo Hušnjak
Alma Prica, Igor Samobor, Mirjana Karanović, Vilim Matula, Areta Ćurković, Ermin Bravo
Miljenka Čogelja, Olinka Vištica
Snežana Van Hauwelingen, Vlado Bulajić, Lija Pogačnik
Hulahop (HR)
December (SI), This and That Productions (RS)
Hrvatski audiovizualni centar (HAVC), Slovenski filmski centar, Filmski centar Srbije, Viba Film, Grad Zagreb, MEDIA, Eurimages, Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT)

Dana Budisavljević (1975, Zagreb) graduated in Film and TV Editing from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. She has worked as an editor, production assistant, and film festival organiser. She made her directorial debut with the documentary Straight A’s (Factum, 2004), after which she went on to win wide acclaim with Family Meals (Hulahop, 2012), a documentary about coming out. She has produced the documentary series Slumbering Concrete, directed by Saša Ban, as well as films like I Like That Super Most the Best by Eva Kraljević and Then I See Tanja by Juraj Lerotić. The Diary of Diana B. is her debut feature film.


Dana Budisavljević, filmography

  • The Diary of Diana B. (2019) – feature-length docufiction
  • Family Meals (2012) – middle-length documentary
  • Adriatic’s Deepest Secrets (2006, 2007) – documentary TV series
  • Straight A’s (2004) – middle-length documentary
  • Almost Equal (2003) – middle-length documentary

Croatian film catalogue

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