The 15th ZagrebDox
February 24-March 3
Approximately 75 new and recent features are presented in Croatia’s notable nonfiction event.
The fest’s Regional Competition includes 13 features, with work from Romania, like Alexandru Mavrodineanu’s CAISA
, which follows a veteran boxing coach as he trains a new student after his star pupil leaves him; from Slovenia, Nina Blažin’s HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE YOURSELF?
, which profiles a homeless couple; from Croatia, Tomislav Žaja’s NEIGHBORS
, an observational portrait of individuals recently released from mental institutions; and Marija Ratković Vidaković and Dinka Radonić’s IKEA FOR YU
, the filmmaker’s personal family history as Serbs within Croatia who relocate to Sweden; and from Italy, Luca Magi’s STORIES OF THE HALF-LIGHT
, which explores the twilight hours of the homeless on the outskirts of an Italian town.
14 features appear in the International Competition, including: Anna Kryvenko’s MY UNKNOWN SOLDIER
, about the filmmaker’s discovery that her great-uncle was a Soviet solider occupier of Czechoslovakia; Andrei Kutsila’s SUMMA
, which follows a young Belarusian artist as she visits an elderly Polish painter; and Cille Hannibal’s THE NIGHT WE FELL
, in which the filmmaker processes grief by filming her mother following a tragic accident.
WHITE RIGHT: MEETING THE ENEMY
The festival’s noncompetitive sections are organized thematically, including strands like Controversial Dox, which offer work such as Deeyah Khan’s WHITE RIGHT: MEETING THE ENEMY
, in which the Muslim filmmaker tries to connect with US neo-Nazis; Shen Zhang’s SON SON
, which profiles a mother whose adopted son murdered her biological son; Shirly Berkovitz’s EMPTY ROOM
, in which the parents of a slain Israeli soldier challenge the courts to use their son’s sperm to create a grandson; and Sofia Haugan’s MY HEART BELONGS TO DADDY
, which follows the filmmaker as she reunited with her criminal father.
Other strands include Musical Globe, with Fabio De Luca’s CECILIA BARTOLI
, accompanying the mezzo-soprano to her performances; State of Affairs, with Florian Opitz’s SYSTEM ERROR
, an exploration of the myth of perpetual economic growth; and Slow Dox, with Ewa Podgórska’s DIAGNOSIS
, a meditation on the subconscious of the city.