Hrvoje Hribar recipient of Order of Arts and Letters

place: France, Croatia
Hrvoje Hribar, film director and currently Director of the Croatian Audio-Visual Centre is the recipient of the French  National Award - Order of Arts and Letters selected by French Minister of Culture Aurélie Filippetti. Hribar was selected for his contributions to intercultural cooperation and strengthening connections between Croatian and French audio-visual sector.

On the behalf of Minister Filippetti the award was given to Hrvoje Hribar on 4 December by Michèle Boccoz, French ambassador in Croatia.

The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) is an Order of France, established on 2 May 1957 by the Minister of Culture, and confirmed as part of the Ordre national du Mérite by President Charles de Gaulle in 1963. Its purpose is the recognition of significant contributions to the arts, literature, or the propagation of these fields.

Its origin is found in the Order of Saint-Michel as is mentioned by diverse sources of French Government.

Born in Zagreb, Croatia, Hrvoje Hribar graduated from ADU (Academy of Dramatic Arts) with a diploma in Film directing. He has worked as a first assistant director, scriptwriter, radio play writer, cook, essayist. In his company FIZ production he produced and directed the feature comedy 'What's a Man without a Moustache?' Before that, he also produced, directed and wrote two Adriatic documentaries ('The World is Great ' and 'Once there was a Man') and his first feature 'The Tranquilizer Gun'. As a director and a scriptwriter, Hribar is also the author of 'Croatian Cathedrals' (television film produced by HRT-Croation National Television) and the short film 'Between Zaghlul & Zaharias' (produced by Tuna-film). In 2001, he directed the TV series 'New Age' (HRT production). He was awarded the Oktavian (best Croatian film of the year) for several times ('Tranquiliser Gun', 'Once there was the man', 'Between Z&Z'). 'What is a Man without a Moustache' was the most attended film in Croatian cinemas in 2006 and was shown in more than 30 international film festivals worldwide.

(D.H., 06.12.2013)