Step by Step

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  • 2011
  • 115'
  • DCP, 35 mm
  • color
  • war, drama
  • debut feature
  • Orig. Title: Korak po korak

In 1991, at the beginning of the war in Croatia, Vjera Kralj refuses to leave the ruins of her home on the Osijek frontline. Her husband flees the town while their son goes to the battlefield. Working as an interpreter to earn money for a bulletproof vest that could save her son’s life, Vjera meets a number of unusual people and through their destinies we learn about the Pannonian Plain over the course of two wars. This is a film about violence and victims. It is also about a woman who needs the war to learn who she is and what she needs, a woman who loses her husband only after he comes back to her, a woman who leaves Osijek only after the war is over, a woman who is on a path of self-discovery.

Director
Biljana Čakić Veselič
Screenplay
Lydia Scheuermann Hodak, Branko Šömen, Biljana Čakić Veselič
Cinematography
Slobodan Trninić
Editing
Veljko Segarić
Art Direction
Mario Ivezić
Costume Design
Željka Franulović
Music
Tomo Sombolac
Sound Design
Mladen Šiklić
Cast
Ksenija Marinković, Nenad Cvetko, Hrvoje Perc, Sreten Mokrović, Vera Zima, Goran Navojec, Neven Paleček Papageno, Bojan Navojec, Darko Milas, Sandra Lončarić Tankosić, Vilim Matula, Božidarka Frait, Mladen Vulić, Barbara Prpić, Aljoša Vučković
Producer
Ivan Maloča
Production
Interfilm
Co-production
Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT)

Biljana Čakić Veselič (1967) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. She continued her schooling in Denmark at Ebeltoft Film College where she studied film and tv directing. Her most successful film so far, the documentary The Boy Who Rushed (2001) won every major documentary award in Croatia. It was also shown at many international festivals and has been broadcast on numerous tv networks. Her other work includes a tv documentary Vidovnjakinja (2001), a short film that formed part of the omnibus project Across the Border: Five Views from Neighbours (2004) and a documentary feature film Zagorka (2007), the biopic of the pioneering Croatian female journalist and writer Marija Jurić Zagorka.

Croatian film catalogue