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Ištvančić's film at the Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  09/21/2007 | Culture And Arts | Unrated
Ghost in the Swamp, children's film by Branko Ištvančić, invited to Los Angeles




 
Croatian Film on International Children's Film Festival in Los Angeles

We are pleased to inform you that we will screen "Ghost in the Swamp" as part of the Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival. Your film will screen at 7:15 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium at the Santa Monica Library.
 
Best regards,
 
Dan Bennett



English title: The Ghost in the Swamp
Original title: Duh u mocvari
Full length feature for children
Interfilm and HRT, Croatia, 2006, 90 minutes
Colour, HD/35 mm, 16:9, stereo, with English subtitles
www.duhumocvari.com

SYNOPSIS: A brother and sister, Miron and Melita, go to visit their friend Zoltan (Liptus) in Kopacevo for winter vacation. The local residents and hunting lodge members there are involved in a big campaign to help the wild animals from the reserve to survive the winter. The same night Miron and Melita arrive, a boy named Halasz is found half-frozen at the edge of the swamp where, he raves, that he was attacked by a white ghost on one of the islands of the swamp. From then on, he can no longer talk. The old woman Etelka reveals the secret that the ghost had been first seen long ago and that you cannot go to the island because the ghost wreaks vengeance on anyone stepping onto the island. Fear takes hold in the place. The hunters, with Vucevic, Kovacevic and Levay taking the lead, begin an investigation however neither they nor the doctors can help Halasz. Therefore Miron, Liptus and Melita decide to find the ghost and offer to carry it off the island to the shore in exchange making their friend well again. However, the ghost shoots and wounds the hunter Levay proving that the ghost is much more dangerous than was previously thought&
The films story unfolds with the unique landscape of Croatian Nature Park "Kopacki rit" as the backdrop. Over and above the snow-covered Baranja houses with stork nests adorning their chimneys, the unique spirit of the local people, the sounds of tamburitzas and dulcimers and the olds hunters  those precious guardians of natures treasures, the children experience an unforgettable adventure. They get to know the wonder of local varieties of flora and fauna as well as the importance of protecting the environment and the animals that live in it&

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT: The screenplay was written according to the book by the same title by the popular children's writer Ante Gardas, whose heroes Miron, Melita and others many have grown up with. "The Ghost in the Swamp" is part of the required reading for fourth graders in Croatia. In addition to being an exciting children's story, "The Ghost in the Swamp" educates and serves as a good example for children. Hence, it has been chosen to mark the comeback of feature-length films for children, which have not been made by the Croatian film industry for the last twenty years.

CAST: Marko Pavlov, Robert Vass, Ena Ikica, Luka Buljan, Buga Marija Simic, Ivo Gregurevic, Dejan Acimovic, Mladen Vulic, Vlatko Dulic, Radoslav Spitzmuller, Radoslava Mrksic, Predrag Vusovic, Nandor Szilagyi, Nada Gacesic Livakovic, Kornelija Kocis and Ana Vilenica

Director:
Branko Istvancic
www.istvancic.com
Screenwriters:
Anto Gardas, Edi Muzina and Silvio Mirosnicenko
Camera:
Silvio Jesenkovic, h.f.s.
Music composed and orchestrated by:
Dalibor Grubacevic
www.daliborgrubacevic.com
Editing:
Goran Guberovic
Producer:
Ivan Maloca
Contact address: INTERFILM, Nova Ves 45/2, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
www.interfilm.hr
E-mail: interfilm@interfilm.hr Phone: +38514667290 Fax: +38514667022



(in Croatian)

DUH U MOČVARI
dugometražni igrani film za djecu
Interfilm i HRT, 2006., boja, 16:9, 35 mm, stereo
Trajanje 90 minuta
www.duhumocvari.com

Brat i sestra, Miron i Melita, odlaze na zimovanje prijatelju Zoltanu (Liptusu) u Kopačevo. U tijeku je velika akcija lokalnog stanovništva i lovačkog društva kojom pomažu divljim životinjama iz rezervata da prežive zimu. Po dolasku, iste noći, dječak Halasz nađen je promrzao na obali gdje bunca da ga je napao bijeli duh na jednom od otoka u močvari. Otada zanijemi. Baba Etelka otkrije tajnu kako je duh viđen još davno i kako ne može s otoka pa se sveti svakome tko stupi na njega. U mjesto se uvuče strah. Lovci, na čelu s Vučevićem, Kovačevićem i Levayjem, pokrenu istragu. Ali ni oni ni liječnici ne mogu pomoći Halaszu. Zato Miron, Liptus i Melita odluče naći duha i ponuditi mu da ga čamcem prebace na obalu u zamjenu da ozdravi njihovog prijatelja. No, duh zapuca i rani lovca Levayja čime dokaže da je mnogo opasniji nego što se mislilo. Radnja filma se odvija u jedinstvenom zimskom pejzažu Kopačkog Rita. Povrh krovova baranjskih kućica koje krase rodina gnijezda na dimnjacima, unikatnog duha ovdašnjih ljudi, zvuka tambure i cimbala, te starih lovaca, tih vrijednih čuvara prirodnog blaga, djeca doživljavaju nezaboravnu pustolovinu. Upoznaju fenomene autohtone flore i faune kao i važnost brige za okoliš i životinje koje u njemu žive.

Scenarij je rađen prema istoimenoj knjizi omiljenog dječjeg pisca Ante Gardaša uz čije su junake Mirona, Melite i ostalih odrastali mnogi naraštaji. Stoga je "Duh u močvari" i uvršten u lektiru četvrtog razreda osnovne škole. Djelo je to koje osim uzbudljive dječje priče educira i služi kao primjer. Kao takvo, odabrano je da obilježi veliki povratak cjelovečernjeg dječjeg filma koji u hrvatskoj kinematografiji nije snimljen dvadeset godina.

glume: Marko Pavlov, Ena Ikica, Robert Váss, Ivo Gregurević, Dejan Aćimović, Mladen Vulić, Vlatko Dulić, Luka Buljan, Buga Marija Šimić, Radoslav Spitzmuller, Radoslava Mrkšić, Nandor Szilagyi, Nada Gaćešić Livaković, Kornelija Kočiš, Ana Vilenica, Predrag Vušović

redatelj:
Branko Ištvančić
www.istvancic.com
scenaristi:
prema romanu "Duh u močvari" Ante Gardaša
Anto Gardaš, Edi Mužina, Silvio Mirošničenko
direktor fotografije:
Silvio Jesenković, h.f.s.
glazbu skladao i orkestrirao:
Dalibor Grubačević
www.daliborgrubacevic.com
montažer:
Goran Guberović
producent:
Ivan Maloča
produkcija:
Interfilm
www.interfilm.hr
u koprodukciji s HRT-om

Kontakt adresa: INTERFILM, Nova Ves 45/2, 10000 Zagreb
E-mail: interfilm@interfilm.hr Telefon: +38514667290 Fax: +38514667022


 


BRANKO IŠTVANČIĆ
Film and TV director

He was born in Subotica, in 1967 from family of Croatian minority Bunjevci in Bačka. He graduated film and TV direction in 1999 at Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb capital of Croatia. Making his first, documentary films on 8 mm camera at 15 with his first Hungarian film teacher Zoltan Siflis from Subotica, he has continuously been involved with documentary films and has received Croatian as well as international rewards for his work - The Grand Prix at Croatian Short and Documentary Film Festival, "Oktavijan" and "Zlatna Uljanica" being among them. His student short fiction Saying Goodbye / Rastanak was included in the New Direction programme of The First Film Foundation in London, a selection of six outstanding films by promising European directors. Deeply enrooted in the Croatian documentary tradition, he pays special attention to the humane, but also humoristic, treatment of his subjects. His successfully film, Wellman / Bunarman (2003), continues this tradition, and elevates the simple story about a well digger to a level of the universal metaphor, but without the pretentious nature of many Croatian documentaries. The critics consider his film The Cormorant Scarecrow / Plasitelj Kormorana (1998) to be one of the best Croatian documentaries of the nineties. His debut The Ghost in the Swamp (with a large number of spectators in national cinemas in 2006) has been chosen to mark the comeback of feature-length films for children, which have not been made by the Croatian film industry for the last twenty years. He is member of Croatian Film Director's Guild.


 
Official selection on Festivals:

International Childrens Festival Šibenik Croatia 2006
Pula Film Festival Croatian National Film Festival 2006
Libertas Film Festival Dubrovnik Croatia 2006
Filmfest Munchen Germany 2007

European Film Festival Palic Subotica Serbia 2007
Festival Internacional de Cine para Ninos Mexico 2007

International Film Music Festival Trogir Croatia 2007
Cinekid Film Festival Amsterdam Netherlands 2007
Moveast International Film Festival Pécs Hungary 2007
Mediteran Film Festival Siroki Brijeg Bosnia and Herzegovina 2007
International Istanbul Children's Film Festival 2007
LEFFIS International Children´s Film Festival Finland 2007
Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival 2007



 
Kao prvi igrani film za djecu nakon 20 godina u Hrvatskoj, Duh u močvari bio je drugi hrvatski film po gledanosti u 2006. godini, pa je međunarodnu premijeru imao na Kinderfilmfest festivalu u Münchenu. Potom je sudjelovao na festivalu u Meksiku i nedavno dobio poziv za ugledni festival Cinekid u Amsterdamu, te pozive za sudjelovanje na festivalu u Istanbulu, u Finskoj i mađarskom gradu Pečuhu.

Više o filmu na web stranicama:

www.istvancic.com/aktualni-projekt.htm
www.istvancic.com/aktualni-projekt-en.htm
 
Molimo Vas obavijestite zaintersirane u hrvatskoj zajednici u Americi da dođu pogledati ovaj uspješan hrvatski film za djecu!
 
Hvala i pozdrav!
 
Branko Ištvančić
www.istvancic.com
branko.istvancic@inet.hr




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