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Feature Film Translator by Biljana Čakić Veselić Starts Shooting

On Thursday, 10 February, in Osijek, director Biljana Čakić-Veselić began filming her first feature-length film Translator, produced by InterFilm and Croatian Television. Lydia Scheuermann, Branko Šomen and Biljana Čakić Veselić co-wrote the script.

The film is based on actual events and speaks about the war from the perspective of the protagonist Vjera Kralj, an ordinary woman facing war atrocities. Translator takes place in autumn and winter 1991, when Slavonia experienced the worst battles. Vjera lives in her devastated house on the defence line of Osijek and works as a court interpreter. Her husband leaves for Zagreb to get away from the war, while her son wishes to get as close as possible to the battlefield and volunteers.

The film is produced by Ivan Maloča, the cinematographer is Slobodan Trninić, production designer Mario Ivezić, costume designer Željka Franulović, make-up artists Laura Buljan, and editor Veljko Segarić. The cast is led by Ksenija Marinković and Nenad Cvetko. It also includes Hrvoje Perc, Vera Zima, Nenad Paleček-Papageno, Goran Navojec, Sandra Lončarić, Vilim Matula, Sreten Mokrović, Bojan Navojec, Božidarka Frait, Mladen Vulić, Barbara Prpić Biffel, Aljoša Vučković and others. Besides Osijek, the filming will take place on locations in Baranja, Jasenovac and Karlovac and the outskirts, and will take five weeks.

Biljana Čakić-Veselić (Vinkovci, 1967) graduated at the Academy of Fine Art in Zagreb. In Denmark she attended Ebeltoft Film College. In 1991 she participated in the Croatian War of Independence as a war reporter and cameraperson. She is the author of a series of award-winning films, the most famous being Childhood in Exile (1997) and the documentary film The Boy Who Was in a Hurry (2001). The film won many national and international awards. In 2007 Biljana Čakić Veselić made her documentary narrative Zagorka, about Marija Jurić Zagorka, great Croatian writer who actively fought against discrimination and violation of women’s rights.

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