… is running until March 3rd with a fine programme put together by the founder and director of the festival, now in its ninth edition, Nenad Puhovski.
The international competition includes strong films like ”Elena” by Petra Costa, ”Chasing Ice” by Jeff Orlowski, ”Bengali Detective” by Phil Cox, ”Private Universe” by Helena Trestikova, ”The Act of Killing” by Joshua Oppenheimer and ”The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear” by Tinatin Gurchiani. 19 films all together will be watched by the international jury, and there is a great variety to find also in geography. Just look at the films mentioned, they come from Brazil, USA, UK, Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia.
24 films compete in the regional competition, most of them new to me, but notice ”Dragan Wende” by Lena Müller and Dragan von Petrovic as well as the wonderful ”Summer of Giacomo” by Italian Alessandro Comodin.
And then the Croatian audience and the festival guests are offered 8 of Viktor Kossakovsky’s documentaries as well as a Scottish Documentary Institute Retrospective with ”I am Breathing” by Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon, ”Cutting Loose” by Finlay Pretsell and Adrian McDowall and ”Pablo’s Winter” (photo) by Chico Pereira. These are all films that travel to many festivals, but what is (also) interesting about the programme in Zagreb is the short videos that the Institiute, under the leadership of Noë Mendelle, has produced during training sessions in Libya and Morocco.
If you are in Zagreb there is film and fun for you to night according to the website: A Scottish Documentary Institute Retrospective, curated by Finlay Pretsell, is one of the official programmes of this year’s ZagrebDox. After the film part, today at 8pm, Festival Centre, we will raise our glasses to the magnificent Scottish documentaries and their authors with a bagpipe player and some whisky. PS. I know Pretsell very well, and he knows about whisky!