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Programme devoted to Croatian cinema at International Film and Television School – EICAR Paris

The programme consisting of selected titles of the recent Croatian production, along with several film classics, is held 13th – 17th June, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the international recognition of Croatia’s statehood and the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Croatia and France. The programme is jointly organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Paris and the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, in collaboration with the International Film and Television School – EICAR Paris. In addition, a masterclass with world-renowned Croatian director of photography Vanja Černjul will also be featured in the programme.

The recent Croatian-production short films in the programme will include Cherries directed by Dubravka Turić (producer Dijana Mlađenović, Kinematograf), Nina Violić’s The Lamb (producer Zdenka Gold, Spiritus Movens), and Into the Blue directed by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović (producers Barbara Vekarić and Vlaho Krile – Motion; Zoran Dževerdanović – Blade Production).

The recent Croatian-production feature-length films in the programme will be Nevio Marasović’s Comic Sans (producers Ankica Jurić Tilić, Hrvoje Pervan and Ira Cecić, Kinorama) and Quit Staring at My Plate directed by Hana Jušić (producer Ankica Jurić Tilić, Kinorama). 

The film classics featured in the programme are Dušan Vukotić’s animated The Substitute and the digitally restored version of Nikola Tanhofer’s fiction feature H-8

All the screenings will take place at the International Film and Television School – EICAR Paris.

In addition, the programme will also include a masterclass for EICAR students held by multi-award-winning director of photography Vanja Černjul, moderated by John McNulty.   

Vanja Černjul is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (just like Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović whose film Into the Blue is screening in the programme), he graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb, after which he moved to the United States in 1996. His noteworthy work includes cinematography for US TV series such as Ugly Betty, 30 Rock, Orange is the New Black, Marco Polo, The Deuce, and this year’s hit series The Gilded Age, as well as films Wristcutters, City Island, The English Teacher, and Crazy Rich Asians. He was nominated for two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Cinematography for a Half-Hour Series for his work on TV series 30 Rock and Sister Jackie, winning the Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography on a TV series Award of the American Society of Cinematographers for the episode ‘Fourth Step’ of Marco Polo. Černjul was also the cinematographer on Croatian films Mother of AsphaltHandymen and Daddy. For the latter he won the Golden Arena for Best Cinematography at the Pula Film Festival in 2011. In addition, Černjul has also collaborated on Nina Violić’s films (short film The Lamb, also featured in this programme, and fiction feature Kick and Scream). 

Cover photograph: collage – scenes from Comic Sans, Quit Staring at My Plate, Cherries, The Lamb, Into the Blue, The Substitute, H-8; Vanja Černjul (courtesy: Tai Lem). 

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