The 14th ZagrebDox
February 25-March 4
This Croatian event presents nearly 80 new feature documentaries in addition to retrospective programming.
DAYS OF MADNESS
The festival’s competition is split into two sections of fifteen films each – one focused on Regional filmmaking, the other on International work. In the former are titles like Marko Cvejić’s THE WORKING CLASS IS OFF TO PARADISE
, which looks at the vanishing Serbian working class; Sead Kreševljaković and Emir Zumbul Kapetanović’s FOES
, the story of former Bosnian War enemies turned unlikely friends; Damian Nenadić’s DAYS OF MADNESS
, a portrait of two individuals lost within the mental health care system; and Jadranka Cicvarić Šiftar and Senad Zemunović’s JOSIPA, I LOVE YOU
, in which a filmmaker falls in love with his protagonist in a film about the impact of childhood sexual abuse. Among the less well-traveled titles in the International Competition are Xiao Xiao’s TURTLE ROCK
, a year in the life of a rural Chinese family; and Arunas Matelis’ WONDERFUL LOSERS: A DIFFERENT WORLD
, which looks at professional cyclists whose role is to sacrifice themselves for their team leaders’ standing.
THE RED SOUL
The remainder of the program is divided into several non-competitive themed strands, including Biography Dox, with Sarah Del Ben’s CAPTAIN OF UTOPIA
, about a man on a mission to share the Arctic with others; Happy Dox, with Nedžad Begović’s EVERYWHERE
, a filmmaker’s final film constructed from pieces of never completed projects; Controversial Dox, with Višnja Skorin and Kristina Baticeli’s MARY’S BLACK SHEEP
, which follows an atheist’s coming out in hyper-religious society; State of Affairs, with Sarah Mondale’s BACKPACK FULL OF CASH
, on the rise of for-profit charter schools and their impact on public education; Teen Dox, with Fiona Apanui-Kupenga’s MAKING GOOD MEN
, which chronicles the reunion of a school bully and his victim after three decades; ADU Dox, with Zorko Sirotić’s UNIFORM MY LOVE
, which follows applicants to a Zagreb police academy; and Dox Special, which offers Adela Peeva’s LONG LIVE BULGARIA
, a look at the rise of Bulgarian nationalism; and Jessica Gorter’s THE RED SOUL
, a consideration of the lasting trauma on Russia from the Stalin regime.