Croatian cinematography in focus at 18th Mecal International Short and Animation Film Festival in Barcelona

The 18th Mecal International Short and Animation Film Festival in Barcelona, which will be held from March 10th to April 3rd, will organize an extensive focus on Croatian cinematography which will include successful contemporary films as well as classics from Zagreb’s School of Animation. Croatian animator Marko Meštrović will hold a masterclass and his work will be featured in a retrospective, while competitions will feature the short film The Beast by Daina O. Pusić, as well as the animated films Choban by Matija Pisačić, Life with Herman H. Rott by Chintis Lundgren and Nikola Tesla’s Secret Laboratory by Bruno Razum.

In cooperation with the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, the World Animation Festival Animafest and Zagreb Film, the programme Guest Country: Croatia is divided into six thematic parts which encompass contemporary feature, animated and documentary film production. The program includes contemporary titles and classics, insight into the works of student-filmmakers and a selection from Animafest Zagreb. The international competition programmes will screen The Beast, a short film by Daina O. Pusić, as well as the animated films Choban by Matija Pisačić, Life with Herman H. Rott by Chintis Lundgren, and Nikola Tesla’s Secret Laboratory by Bruno Razum.

Current 1 and 2

Two Croatian contemporary film programmes which include some of the most successful works from the last few years.

  • The Chicken, d. Una Gunjak
  • Mezzanine, d. Dalibor Matanić
  • Yellow Moon, d. Zvonimir Jurić
  • Picnic, d. Jure Pavlović
  • Simulacra, d. Ivana Bošnjak, Thomas Johnson
  • Real Man’s Film, d. Nebojša Slijepčević
  • Komba, d. Tin Žanić
  • Terrarium, d. Hana Jušić
  • So Not You, d. Ivan Sikavica 
  • Even Monkeys Die, d. Ana Sušanj

Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Arts

Selection of current Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Arts productions.

  • No Wolf Has a House, d. Hana Jušić
  • Alone, d. Lana Kosovac
  • Semifinals, d. Tomislav Šoban 

Masterpieces from the Zagreb School of Animation 

Selection of some of the most well-known works from the internationally recognized Zagreb School of Animation.

  • The Lonely
  • Ersatz
  • Dream Doll
  • Curiosity
  • Diary
  • Satiemania

Animafest Zagreb

Selection of Croatian films screened at the Zagreb World Festival of Animated Film - Animafest.

  • Miramare, d. Michaela Müller
  • Father, d. Ivan Bogdanov, Asparuh Petrov, Dmitry Yagodin, Rositsa Raleva, Moritz Mayerhofer, Veljko Popović
  • New Hippie Future, d. Dalibor Barić
  • Wiener Blut, d. Zlatko Bourek, Pavao Štalter
  • Hunger, d. Petra Zlonoga
  • The Flower of Battle, d. Simon Bogojević Narath 
  • Wolf Games, d. Jelena Oroz
  • Transparancy, d. Daniel Šuljić 

Marko Meštrović: retrospective and masterclass

One of Croatia’s most successful animators, Marko Meštrović, will introduce himself to the Spanish audience through a series of his films as well as a masterclass.

  • Levitation
  • Why Elephants? 
  • No Sleep Won’t Kill You
  • Note
  • Silencium

The Beast, Choban, Life with Herman H. Rott and Nikola Tesla’s Secret Laboratory in International competition

Also competing at the festival is The Beast, a short film by Daina O. Pusić which was selected as the best in the Checkers programme at the last Zagreb Film Festival, and was also a special award winner at the Slamdance Film Festival. Three animated films will also be screening in the official competition: Choban by Matija Pisačić, Life with Herman H. Rott by Chintis Lundgren and Nikola Tesla’s Secret Laboratory by Bruno Razum.

Croatian animation will also be represented in a special non-competition program which will screen Arcadian Fever by Tea Stražičić (Trashanim) and Love and Vehicles by Draško Ivezić (Golden Shower). 

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