Archive Cinema City 2015.

Naked Island


Genre: Documentary
Country: Croatia
Year: 2014
Duration: 75'

Director: Tiha K. Gudac
Scenario: Tiha K. Gudac

Programme selection: Fresh Danube Films


Some sixty years ago, a man went missing for four years. He returned back a changed man carrying along a painful secret. He later built his family’s life around this unspoken secret. Talking about the past was forbidden in the family. It was his granddaughter, also the director of this film, who first started asking questions, wanting to find out what lay hidden beneath her grandfather’s scar-covered body ever since childhood. However, he died without revealing the entire story to anyone. Naked Island is an investigation built upon the ruins of the past, a mosaic made of clues – family photos and intimate testimonies of a tight-knit group of people who were brought together by the same place, a political prison in ex-Yugoslavia that was also known as an island of broken souls, and consequences that this place left on three generations. At the same time, it is a fascinating portrayal of a moment in which a past can finally become history and a brave documentary defying silence and fear.

Festivals and awards:

WORKSHOPS / PITCHING FORUMS: Docu Rough Cut Boutique (Sarajevo Film Festival 2012) – DOK.incubator Award; Docs in Thessaloniki (Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival); East European Forum (Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival); Docs in Progress (International Documentary Film Festival Visions du Réel, Nyon); FESTIVALS: Sarajevo Film Festival 2014 - Heart of Sarajevo for best film in Documentary Competition; Dokufest, Prizren 2014 - Balkan:Dox programme; Zagreb Film Festival - Special Mention - Documentary film Competition; UBRZAJ Human Rights Film Festival (Montenegro, 2014); Verzio Film Festival (Budapest, 2015.); Trieste International Film Festival - CEI Award (Central European Initiative); One World International Human Rights Film Festival (Prague, 2015); ZagrebDox 2015 - Factumentaries programme; Sofia International Film Festival - Special Mention (documentary film competition); Ljubljana Documentary Film Festival 2015 - Amnesty International Award; Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival, BFDKF 2015; One World Romania International Human Rights Film Festival (Bucharest, 2015); Vilinius Film Festival 2015; Go East Festival of Central and Eastern European Film (Wiesbaden, 2015)

Original language: Croatian
Subtitle: English

Naked Island - trailer from FACTUM documentary on Vimeo.