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Kino Croatia 2014 will serve as a Fundraiser for Flood Victims in Croatia & Bosnia. American Cinematheque is joining the humanitarian effort to help the victims of recent catastrophic floods in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Proceeds from the film series will be donated to the Kino Croatia’s Floods Relief Fund. Additional fundraising will take place during the three days of screenings, May 30 - June 01, culminating with the in person appearance by actors Goran Visnjić and Miraj Grbić, leading the drive.
Croatian cinema combines a haunting, often savagely bleak outcry against political and personal repression with humor, lyricism and a tenderness born of constant conflict and adversity. However, it was little known before late 2000, when the American Cinematheque and CAMEO presented “Wednesdays in Croatia,” the first comprehensive overview of Croatian cinema ever mounted on the West Coast.
This year's Kino Croatia series opens with the latest hit comedy from director Vinko Brešan, THE PRIEST’S CHILDREN. A priest - albeit a phony one - plays a central role in Krsto Papić’s FLOWER SQUARE. Dalibor Matanić’s HANDYMEN follows a beleaguered housewife who becomes the object of three men’s affections. Bobo Jelčić’s tense look at the war legacy, A STRANGER, dominated the Pula Film Festival awards this year. VIS-À-VIS examines a subject close to home for director Nevio Marasović - a filmmaker struggling with the autobiographical script for his next project.
Series programmed by Gwen Deglise, Philemon Bourdelique and Matko B. Malinger. Produced by Matko B. Malinger. Program notes by John Hagelston.