The American Cinematheque and CAMEO began their Croatian cinema series in 2000; celebrate our 15th anniversary with two nights (plus an introductory screening of COWBOYS at Laemmle's Music Hall 3 on May 2) of films marked by humor, lyricism and a tenderness born of constant conflict and adversity. This year’s Kino Croatia series opens with THESE ARE THE RULES, a look at parents coming to grips with an attack on their son; the feature will be preceded by the short “President Nixon’s Present.” There’s slightly lighter fare in HAPPY ENDINGS, a tale of best friends who try to shore up their failing business through a bank robbery. The documentary NAKED ISLAND is an exploration of family secrets and the terrors of a Yugoslav regime from decades past.
Series programmed by Gwen Deglise, Agathe Dubes and Matko B. Malinger. Produced by Matko B. Malinger. Program notes by John Hagelston.