Cinematography Golden Arena for Branko Linta, h.f.s.

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Branko Linta and director Rajko Grlić,  photo Saša Huzjak

For cinematography on the film “The Constitution” Branko Linta, h.f.s. Was awarded the Golden Arena at this year’s Pula Film Festival. For same movie, Linta was also nominated for this year’s H.F.S. annual cinematography award “Nikola Tanhofer”

The decision was made by a festival jury composed of Zrinko Ogresta, Josip Grozdanić, Mladen Ožbolt, Ivana Zozoli Vargović and Vedran Živolić.

“For a subtle and unobtrusive ambiance that creates a visual framework for film story in which it is so sovereignly developed.”

This is the third Golden Arena for Linta. He got the previous two for features “I Love You” (2006) and “The Reaper” (2014). In addition to a number of other acknowledgments Linta received for his cinematography skills, the “Nikola Tanhofer” Annual Cinematography H.F.S. Award, also for “The Reaper” should be emphasized.

Well Done Branko,

Congratulations!!!

H.F.S. Annual CInematography Awards “Nikola Tanhofer” 2017

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On July 16, 2017, in Pula Arena, the fourth annual H.F.S. Cinematography Awards were presented to the winners.  The Croatian Cinematographer Society (h.f.s.) annual cinematography award was established under the sponsorship of Croatian Audiovisual Centre, and aims to highlight the best accomplishments in cinematography as well as to promote  film photography and visual culture. For the second time the awards ceremony took place as part of the Pula Film Festival, which again proved to be an exceptionally friendly host.

H.F.S. jury (Stanko Herceg, hfs, Mirko Pivčević, h.f.s. And Darko Šuvak, h.f.s.) made the decision about the winners in all three categories.

The 2017 winners are

 

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Jana Plećaš for “Quit staring at My Plate” in Feature Film category.

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Vjeran Hrpka for “A Two Way Mirror” in Short Film category.

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Igor Martinović, h.f.s. for “House of Cards – season 2” in TV series category.

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Mario Sablić, president of h.f.s. presented the awards.

photos by: Slaven Radolović, Manuel Angelini, Matija Šćulac

 

Early History of Foreign Filming in Croatia – “Teenagers Republic”, 1928

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Film: Teenagers Republic (in the original Die Republik der Backfisch)

Year: 1928

Directed by Constantin J. David

The filmography noted that the exteriors are filmed in Kvarner, mostly on the island Rab. Local newspapers emphasized that the assistant on the film was Yugoslav assistant director Pavle (Paul) Martin from Novi Sad who began his film career as an assistant director and later became a famous German director who made 12 feature films in a period between 1935-58. Paul Martin came to Belgrade at the end of the thirties of the last century and suggested to National Film headquarters to establish a  special common organization that would deal with the shooting of foreign films and films co-produced in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

The heroine of the film is Kathy von Nagy, namely Katica Nađ from Subotica. She is acting a lively girl which her father placed in a boarding school from which she soon runs away to join the circus. After returning to boarding school she organizes an escape with other teenage girls, bank robbery and independent life in the fortress on the island.

Sunčana Ivančić

Source:

https://www.hrstud.unizg.hr/_download/repository/Dejan_Kosanovic_-_Kinematografija_i_film_u_Kraljevini_SHS_i_Jugoslaviji_1918-1941_(Beograd_2011).pdf pg. 162

26th Croatian Films Days Cinematography Award for Igor Zelić

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Jury of 26th Croatian Film Days, Katarina Zrinka Matijević, Živko Zalar, h.f.s. and Jan Klemsche awarded cinematographer Igor Zelić for his work on the short "Po čovika".

"We awarded the movie that achieves an excellent combination of cruelty and romantic aesthetics, which has equally succeeded in expressive closeups and wide shots with a precisely influenced atmosphere of a painfull summer heat.The camera movement is characterized by an organic fluency, lurking from the perspective of the young girl"

Congratulations.

New president mandate for Mario Sablić, h.f.s.


SablićAt the Annual Assembly of Croatian Cinematographers Society, h.f.s, held on June 1, 2017, the new president's mandate was given to Mario Sablić, director of photography from Zagreb. 

Mario Sablić is the award-winning director of photography during whose first mandate the Annual Cinematography Award "Nikola Tanhofer" was set up, (this year is awarded for the fourth time), the society web site was established and also maintained close contacts with the IMAGO, European Federation of Cinematographers. For the next four years, Sablić will continue to work on preserving dignity of cinematography profession and continuity of cinematographers tradition in Croatia.

Also were voted members of the Management Board  - Branko Linta (vice-chairman), Goran Mećava, Enes Midžić and Vjekoslav Vrdoljak, and the mandate of former chairman of the Assembly, Carmel Kursar, was extended unanimously.

Early History of Foreign filming in Croatia – “Die Finanzen des Grossherzogs”, 1924

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Film: The Grand Duke’s Finances, in the original “Die Finanzen des Grossherzogs”

Year: 1924

Director: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau

Genre: Adventure film in six acts

World premiere: January 7th 1924, UFA Palast am Zoo, Berlin

Croatian Premiere: September 10th, 1925, Balkan palace, Zagreb

The oldest preserved feature film made in Croatia, more precisely in Split and on the island Rab.

Clips from the movie filmed in Croatia can be viewed on YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5GHQ2DrHAE

Under the description of the video there is a link to whole 78 min.,movie together with interesting facts from the shooting as well as the director’s approach to this silent comedy and its importance; quote: “The Grand Duke’s Finances, the oldest preserved feature film shot in Croatia testifies Dalmatia as it once was. At the same time it is also an entertaining film to the taste of the former audience.

Only one nitric copy is preserved to this day; it is the Italian version found in Milan Cinematheque in the nineties of the last century.

Croatian premiere (after 1925) was in 2008 when it was released on DVD during the Zagreb Film Festival. ”

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During recording, Grand Duke’s Finances are pompously announced as the first great movie in Yugoslavia. Yugoslav Navy gave the war ship Galeb, Yacht Villa Velebit, few motor boats and barges, and lend a seaplane, which was navigated by Murnau himself, since during the First World War he became aviator. Unlike other expressionists, Murano was running away from the studio and wanted to work in the exteriors. In Split shooting was supose to take five days, but the film was in Dalmatia shooted for several weeks. On the shooting on the island Rab only actors performed while in Split and on the ships services of extras were used.

Split then underwent a special treatment. Prokurative, Riva and Peristil have been reported as never before, and in the scenes can be seen what Palace looked like before the bombing 1943./44.

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On the shooting, Murnau led a reliable team and leading roles are assigned to big stars Abel Liedtkeu and Mady Christians. German media have positively welcomed film with faith in his success at the box office. The film was produced by the most important producer of the time, Erich Pommer, and director of photography was Karl Freund, famous cinematographer of the silent period. The Murnau filmed a dozen films, but in the Grand Duke’s Finances critics praised him for warmth of light and excellent catching sunny landscape. However, the film was overshadowed by his other achievements such as Nosefratu (1922), The Last Man (1924) and Faust (1926).

Sunčana Ivančić

Source:

http://www.academia.edu/16475508/FINANCIJE_VELIKOG_VOJVODE_-_HFLJ pg. 9

http://www.academia.edu/16475508/FINANCIJE_VELIKOG_VOJVODE_-_HFLJ, pg. 23

FRKA 2017 – Cinematography Award for Jurica Marković

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President of Croatian Cinematographers Society (H.F.S.), Mario Sablić, was member of  the jury of 12th Student film festival, FRKA, in which participated students of Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Arts.  The jury was composed of: Krešimir Mikić (acting), Mario Kozina (film critic), Mario Sablić (cinematography), Nebojša Slijepčević (documentary), Hrvoje Osvadić (Production), Sonja Tarokić (directing), Goran Kulenović (TV format) Tomislav Pavlic (editing) and Ante Tomić (screenplay).

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photo: Matej Subotić

The cinematography award went to  Jurica Marković for the film “Vuk i maca“.

“Although this is a cinematography exercise “Existing light”, cinematographer Marković takes a step further.  He masterfully uses chosen wide screen format in order to achieve interesting frame compositions, which are both narratively meaningful and emotionally intriguing. The color palette and lightning consistently expressed in “Vuk i  maca” makes this a work of high art aesthetics and skillful stylization in which Marković boldly goes beyond sketchy boundaries of simple cinematography exercise”

Congratulations colleague Marković.

4th Annual H.F.S. Award Nominees


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Stanko Herceg, Mirko Pivčević and Darko Šuvak, Croatian Cinematographers Association jury for 2017, has decided on nominations in all three categories for the annual Cinematography  Award “Nikola Tanhofer”.

In the competition of 19 projects, jury nominated the following:

Feature lenght film

The Constitution”, DOP Branko Linta, h.f.s.

Quit staring at My Plate”, DOP Jana Plećaš

On the Other Side”, DOP Branko Linta, h.f.s.

Short film

A Two Way Mirror” DOP Vjeran Hrpka

The Beast”, DOP Danko Vučinović

Tanja“, DOP Tomislav Sutlar

TV series

The Republic“, DOP Branko Cahun, h.f.s.

House of Cards” (season 2), DOP Igor Martinović, h.f.s.

Black and white world” (season 2), DOP Mario Sablić, h.f.s.

Slumbering Concrete“, DOP Hrvoje Franjić

Congratulations to the nominees.

The names of the winners of the 4th H.F.S. Award will be announced at this year’s Pula Film Festival, where the prizes will be awarded.

Early History of Foreign filming in Croatia – “Assalto alla Banca Popolare di Fiume”, 1909

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Movie: The attack on the National Bank in Rijeka (Assalto alla Banca Popolare di Fiume), year: 1909

Director: There is an assumption that the movie was filmed by Trieste film pioneer  Salvatore Spina, who broadcasted movies and shoot throughout Austria-Hungary.

The film was screened in the cinema Minerva in Pula on December 1st 1909, and then was lost.

It is the first feature film shot in Croatia, and is inspired by the “Great Train Robbery” Edwin Stanton Porter, from 1903., and is characterized by first-realistic techniques in a feature film, which revolutionized the world cinema, providing it with personality and style.

The attack on the National Bank in Rijeka is an action silent piece of work which is the film’s canvas revived law robbery, and was recorded in accordance with then current realist film reconstruction.

The two young Russians attacked Rijeka National Bank, a branch at the Square Dante, killed branch manager and abducted about 50,000 crowns. Citizens ran after them and robbers opened fire with a revolver. First was defeated by the city guard Ratcovich, and the other robber fled to Zurich, where he was arrested and handed over to the Austro-Hungarian authorities. In Rijeka, one Russian was sentenced to life in prison and the other to fifteen years.

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In memory of the hundredth anniversary of the film in Rijeka, director Mladen Juran and producer Boris Dmitrovic from the production company Formula movie Ltd. Zagreb, recorded a remake of the same name film in the form of a short film, whose premiere took place exactly on the first anniversary of Art-Cinema Croatia in Rijeka.

The film marks the black and white technique, static camera position without major and other plans, subtitles, improvised piano accompaniment … The basic idea is that the director of the remake, with all its author’s originality in reduced expression identifies with the director from 1909. Director of photography is Zeljko Saric, main role is played by Allen Liverić from HNK Ivana pl.Zajca and other roles are played by Rijeka actors Zdenko Botic, Jasmin Mekic, Denis Brižić, Balaz Anastasius-Lecic, Tanja Smoje, Damir Orlic, Damir Glavočić, Alojz Usenik, Nenad Vukelic and a dozen other actors. The film was supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre and the city of Rijeka.

Most of the scenes are filmed at the former Piazza Dante, once the site of the National Bank, and today’s Square Brigade 111, in front of the Governor’s Palace, and at the Rijeka breakwater.

It is a story about the futility of “capturing” the truth of the past. Time wall is an invincible obstacle. However, in the micro and macro scale of infinity it does not matter if something happened before or after. We dream stories that have happened, or will happen, or, simply, always happen … said a film director Mladen Juran.

Link to the clip of the film Mladen Juran, “The attack on the National Bank“ from 2009.

https://vimeo.com/204878166

Sunčana Ivančić

Source:

http://www.klub-susacana.hr/revija/clanak.asp?Num=72&C=7

https://www.art-kino.org/hr/film/napad-na-narodnu-banku-u-rijeci

Symposium on the Restoration of Film Heritage, Ljubljana

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Ljubljana – more accurately, the Slovenian Cinematheque – will host the Symposium on the Restoration of Film Heritage on 11 and 12 April 2017.

The symposium is a direct response to the lack of unified ethical standards and the need to establish an infrastructure for the restoration in increasingly urgent efforts to preserve the Slovenian film heritage.

The day before the symposium – 10 April – will be devoted to screenings of restored film copies. Tuesday, 11 April, and Wednesday, 12 April, are reserved for several interesting lectures, carried out by experts, who will be speaking on current topics from an ethical, technical and organizational point of view of the restoration.

Detailed programme will be announced soon on web pages of Slovene Association of Cinematographers, ZFS