29.6. - 3.7.2016

Balkan LEGENDS: Croatia 2

New Synagogue: H2
Duration 72:30

The term “Zagreb School of Animated Films” was coined by French journalists George Sadoul and Andre Martin at the Cannes Film Festival in 1958, where a program of films from Zagreb Film enjoyed an international presentation and became an instant sensation. Starting in Disney style (Big Meeting, 1951) and very soon abandoning it, Vukotić, Kostelac, Mimica, Kristl and others shifted their artistic expression towards what soon became the trademark of Zagreb authors – limited animation, flat and abstract space treatment, stories about a small man living alienated from society. With Vukotić’s Surogat (Ersatz) winning an Oscar in 1962 (the first non-American Oscar in history and the only Oscar any Croatian film ever won), Zagreb animation reached one of its peaks. The great international success continued throughout the sixties, seventies and the beginning of the eighties.

The scale of this importance and impact can be seen in the list of the 88 biggest animated films in the history of world animation, compiled by the highly regarded Italian specialist for animated film Giannalberto Bendazzi in 1999. He included no less than eight films produced by Zagreb Film.
Daniel Šuljić, Filmmaker and Artistic Director of The World Festival of Animated Film Animafest Zagreb

Balthasar: Lighthouse Keeping / Balthazar: Hanibalove Alpe

directed by Zlatko Grgić, Boris Kolar, Ante Zaninović

year: 1967
country: HR
duration: 10:00
Professor Balthazar first appeared as a character in the animated film The Inventor in 1967, made by Zlatko Grgić. It is a serial about the inventor whose simplicity in solving problems in Balthazar-town catches the attention of millions of viewers across the world.

Tup Tup

directed by Nedeljko Dragić

year: 1972
country: HR
duration: 10:00
The quick tempo of life in polluted cities makes patients out of people. Neurosis is an everyday occurrence. Overpopulation, pollution and noise are number one enemies. A calm person constantly bombarded by noise becomes dangerous. He is capable of destruction and devastation.

The Cat / Mačka

directed by Zlatko Bourek

year: 1971
country: HR
duration: 10:00
The Cat is based on an old Aesop fable: a young poet is lonesome until Venus transforms his cat into a wonderful girl. However, his new passion weakens the young man into selling all his possessions and even more – to steal, in order to provide his mistress with the jewelery she cherishes.


directed by Zdenko Gašparović

year: 1978
country: HR
duration: 14:15
The fauna of the megalopolis, the jungle of the supermarket, the bedlam of brothels and bars, the swaying of men hanging from the gallows, the ripple of water – seen by the eye of the animator in harmony and conflict and accompanied by the satirical, mocking, yet sometimes pure lyrical music of Eric Satie.

Learning to Walk / Škola hodanja

directed by Borivoj Dovniković – Bordo

year: 1978
country: HR
duration: 08:24
The story of Svojislav who was accustomed to walking how he was taught by his mother. But his four friends try to teach him their style of walking, convinced that theirs is the best way. Svojislav has a hard time escaping his "redeemers" and continues to walk how he always has.

Fisheye / Riblje oko

directed by Joško Marušić

year: 1980
country: HR
duration: 09:06
In a small fishing village, people have been living the same life for generations. All that they have and that identifies them as human comes from the sea. But one night, the normal order of things is disturbed... the morning brings doubt.


directed by Krešimir Zimonić

year: 1983
country: HR
duration: 10:45
A young girl is thumbing through a family photograph album. Her childhood memories are brought to life, static pictures begin to move. Memory is transformed into a methaphoric story about the past, finally turning into dreams of the future.