Mario Delić, h.f.s. Photography Exhibition “Impromptu”

Photographs first exhibited in 2016 at the Pula Gallery Makina, within the 63rd Pula Film Festival, the director of photography Mario Delić makes now available to the Zagreb audience. The Zagreb exhibition is reinforced with several new, bigger size images.

From February 10th to 24th, Delić’s photographs, taken during the author’s work on a series of projects will be displayed at the Zagreb SC Gallery. Delić  records spontaneous events behind the camera. Unlike organized, precisely orchestrated scenes under cinematographer’s supervision, Delić’s photos curiously entice the background, revealing the beauty in a natural light, finding accidental, unmanned, intimate moments of film crew members, extras and actors.

Early History of Foreign Filming in Croatia – “Princess Coral, 1937


Movie: Princess coral (in the original: Die Korallenprinzessin)

Year: 1937

Director: Victor Janson

One of the biggest blockbusters of the 1930s, in which played Ita Rina and was produced by Hitler’s NSDAP party. After the screening, the German propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels banned that Slavs ever again appear in German films.

In prewar Dalmatia filming was often, but “Princess coral” is with “Winnetou”, perhaps the most famous film of that era. Mostly because of the role of Ita Rina, now a crossword puzzle star, once very popular actress who has made a great career in Germany, the former film mecca of the world. Another actor was Svetislav Ivan Petrović, who was very engaged around the shooting of the film in order to give his home country a big co-production – explains Daniel Rafaelić.


Shooting of melodramatic adventure storie set on the Dalmatian islands, journalists followed closely. What stands out from today’s perspective, is that this movie unlike other escapist films of that era has pronounced social component, which at that time was rare.

In German cinemas movie did not perform well, mainly because of Goebbels who mockingly called it “Princess Cossacks“ trivial piece in which the only good was the role of Germany’s Hilda Sessak. The film was not banned, but received no predicate which guaranteed a large number of viewers.

Even the highly attended premiere in the former Yugoslavia was not a success. The local spectators were disappointed by demonstration of our customs and costumes.


The best film critic of the time Ivan Goran Kovačić has written that it is the obscene film for the Croatian culture, the work that is the embodiment of the German colonial approach and in his article he asks: How long will we tolerate such a relationship? Judging by articles from newspapers, film succeeded only in Osijek, but it is because Ita Rina came there- adds Rafaelić.

Clip from the film:


It is interesting that in parallel with the “Princess of coral” part of the same team shooted so. culture-film, short feature-documentary: Song of the Adriatic, in which starred locals. Originally called “In Banner Kaiser Diokletians”, translated “Under the banner of the Emperor Diocletian,” the film at the premiere in Berlin in 1937 received tremendous political support of the government of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, led by Milan Stojadinović, as the first in a series of joint film projects that Germany and the Kingdom of Yugoslavia should achieve. Due to obvious reasons, that has not happened, and the movie has remained only a footnote in the literature.

Film Song of the Adriatic, in the German Federal Archive found Leon Rizmaul of association Kinofon founded with Daniel Rafaelić and whose specialty is search film archives and search for valuable titles as is the Song of the Adriatic. Rafaelić and Rizmaul searched for the film several years.

Sunčana Ivančić


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


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,


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


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



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


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


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


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


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: pg. 162

26th Croatian Films Days Cinematography Award for Igor Zelić

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"


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


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:

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. ”


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.


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: pg. 9, pg. 23

FRKA 2017 – Cinematography Award for Jurica Marković


shot from “Vuk i maca”

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.