Happy Land

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  • 2009
  • 50'
  • video
  • color
  • Orig. Title: Sretna zemlja

A “road movie” to the past: two buses, two journeys, two final destinations, two opposing ideologies. The first bus carrying “the victors” on their way to commemorate and celebrate Tito’s birthday at his birthplace, the second transporting the elderly and “defeated”, as well as some young idealists, to the place of the World War II massacre at Bleiburg. But to the filmmaker Goran Dević, an outsider and observer, it was much more than that: “I was struck by the dramatic and emotional “sameness” of what was going on around me.”

Director
Goran Dević
Screenplay
Goran Dević
Cinematography
Jure Černec, Almir Fakić, Tamara Cesarec, Mario Oljača, Dario Hacek
Producer
Vanja Jambrović
Production
Petnaesta umjetnost
Co-production
WHW – Što, kako i za koga

Goran Dević (1971) graduated from the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Art where he currently teaches at the Department of TV and Film Directing. A selection of his award-winning documentaries include Imported Crows (2004), I Have Nothing Nice to Say to You (2006) and Three (2008). The Blacks (2009), which he co-wrote and co-directed with Zvonimir Jurić, marks his debut as a feature filmmaker.

Croatian film catalogue

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