competition, screenings

Recycling to be screened in Romania

time: 02.11.2011. - 05.11.2011.
place: Romania
Short feature film Recycling by Branko Istvancic has been selected for the competitive programme of the International Short Film Festival ALTER_NATIVE  in Romania. The festival takes place from 2nd to 6th November in Romania.

Roma family goes from the periphery to the city dump collecting goods. They found almost new garment, suit and a tie. They put clothes on their eldest son Safet and go to the most modern factory for recycling. It's Safet's first working day. The idea of this story is to show changes through recycling cycle which engages the modern Roma minority in a European city. They collect clothes which were already supposed to end at the factory for recycling, to prepare a son for a job in the same factory.

Branko Istvancic was born in Subotica. 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" award for the best documentary and "Zlatna Uljanica" Golden Oil-lamp award 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 60 thousand domestic visitors is placed second on the annual box-office report in 2006 and 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.

(D.H., 02.11.2011)