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KARLOVY VARY 2024 Competition

EXCLUSIVE: Poster and first clips for Karlovy Vary entry Celebration


- Bruno Anković’s feature debut portrays a Croatian villager's innocence shattered by the harsh realities of war, deprivation and political turmoil between 1926 and 1945

EXCLUSIVE: Poster and first clips for Karlovy Vary entry Celebration
Bernard Tomić in Celebration

Constant deprivation, repeated changes to the regime, and war pervaded the forests and shrouded an impoverished Croatian village between the years 1926 and 1945, in a miasma that obscured all visions of a better future. Village life is also tough for Mijo: his young, innocent soul is burdened by the outside world and troubled by inhumane orders, later falling prey to the false sheen of right-wing ideology.

This is the synopsis of Celebration [+see also:
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, the first feature by Croatian director Bruno Anković, which is having its world premiere in the Crystal Globe Competition at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, taking place from 28 June-6 July.

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According to KVIFF selection committee member Vojtěch Kočárník, "This film presents us with wonderful shots of the rural landscape, but it is also a testimony of commonplace brutality and demonstrates the reasons why innocent people become easy quarry for ideological crusaders."

After having directed acclaimed commercials and short films like Jesters Strike Again (2000) and Correctional Facility for Parents (2010), Bruno Anković moved on to working on his first feature, with which he participated in industry events like First Cut+ at Trieste's WEMW.

An adaptation by Jelena Paljan from the successful novel of the same name by Damir Karakaš, Celebration was produced by Rea Rajčić and Tina Tišljar for Eclectica, in co-production with Pakt Media, with support from the Doha Film Institute.

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