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The Man Under the Table

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  • 2009
  • 80' / 72'
  • 35 mm
  • color
  • drama
  • Orig. Title: Čovjek ispod stola

Welcome to the microcosmic world of a street market on the outskirts of Zagreb. All human life is there: traders, thieves, prostitutes, self-appointed security guards and other lost souls. We meet Groš, a young man with learning difficulties, who sleeps under a market stall at night; Suri, a petty loan shark; his girlfriend Lidija, an unhappy salesgirl and a host of other characters, each with their unique ideas or passions. We follow the tragicomic, mutually intertwined mini dramas of each character, as they fight to save the marketplace itself, when city planners threaten to destroy it.

Neven Hitrec
Hrvoje Hitrec
Based on a Book by
Vjekoslav Domini – Čovjek ispod stola
Stanko Herceg, h.f.s.
Slaven Zečević
Production Design
Mladen Ožbolt
Costume Design
Željka Franulović
Darko Hajsek
Sound Design
Dubravka Premar
Luka Petrušić, Jelena Lopatić, Marija Škaričić, Višnja Babić, Nikša Butijer, Inge Appelt, Danko Ljuština, Ronald Žlabur, Vera Zima
Ivan Maloča
Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT)

Neven Hitrec graduated in film and TV directing from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. He made his feature debut in 1999 with Madonna, for which he was awarded with the Grand Prix at the Pula Film Festival and the Breza award for best newcomer. He is a two-time winner of the Golden Lamp award at Days of Croatian Film: in 1993 for the documentaries Hall and 730 Days Later, and in 2002 for Silent Voices. His second feature-length film Sleep Sweet, My Darling won the Gate of Pula audience award, as well as five Golden Arenas at the Pula Film Festival in 2005.

Selected Filmography – Neven Hitrec (1967)

  • Foreclosure (2013) – documentary feature
  • The Man Under the Table (2009) – feature film
  • Sleep Sweet, My Darling (2005) – feature film
  • Silent Voices (2002) – documentary short
  • Let There Be Water (2001) – documentary short
  • Madonna (1999) – feature film
  • Hall (1993) – documentary short
  • 730 Days Later (1993) – documentary short

Croatian film catalogue

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