21/05/2008 17:10

Živi i mrtvi (Alive and Dead) in Balkan Buster Selection

Croatia, 2007, 87 min
: Kristijan Milić
Cast: Filip Šovagović, Velibor Topić, Slaven Knezović, Marinko Prga, Borko Perić, Miro Barnjak, Božidar Orešković, Enes Vejzović, Izudin Bajrović, Ljubomir Jurković, Robert Roklicer, Zvonko Zečević, Dragan Šuvak, Nino Sorić, Nermin Omić
Awards: Golden Camera 300, Brothers Manaki International Film Festival 2007, audience award Golden Camera 300, Brothers Manaki International Film Festival 2007, Big Golden Arena, best supporting actor, best cinematography, best direction, best editing, best music, best sound, best special effects, Pula Film Festival 2007, best film, Europe out of Europe, 36th FEST, Belgrade; nominations, Grand Prize, Cottbus Film Festival of Young East European Cinema, 2007.
Selection: Balkan Booster

Many times awarded movie by Croatian director Kristijan Milić, called Živi i mrtvi (Alive and Dead) is going to be shown in Balkan Booster Selection. An incredible story with fictional elements and considerable antiwar message, based on a novel by Josip Mlakić, also brought to director Kristijan Milić Politika’s award for the best movie of Europe out of Europe in 36th FEST in Belgrade.

The movie consists of two narrative streams connected by the place and war circumstances of the story, but temporally separated by a half of century. The fist story takes place in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1993, and the second one shows the time of World War Two on the same territory. The stories skillfully interchange and supplement each other in showing the terror of warfare. Finally, they meet on a cursed graveyard which dismisses the time category, and before dawn, it releases two powers of a symbolic meaning – the power of Fire and the power of Death…

Kristijan Milić was born in 1969 in Zagreb. In 1994, he enrolled the Academy of Drama Arts also in Zagreb, on the department of film and TV direction. He graduated in 2001. He directed numerous music and commercial videos, and short movies. Živi i mrtvi (Alive and Dead) is his first feature film.