Kroatisches Kino. Filmische Verarbeitungen der Kriegsvergangenheit

January 2009
Südost-Europa;2009, Vol. 57 Issue 1, p113
Academic Journal
Since the beginning of the Yugoslav wars in the early 1990s, various filmmakers have reflected on their topics and consequences. Watching Croatian films, it becomes obvious that the conflict had a huge impact on the nation's cinematography. Croatian films have constantly shifted their focus of interest from the 1990s until today, yet persistently confronted the topic of the Yugoslav succession wars. Early on propagandistic films treated the conflict in more simplistic ways, while later productions have developed a more critical and differentiated approach, representative of the developments within Croatian society. The Croatian directors' cinematic views on these issues are the subject of this essay. After looking back at the first achievements of independent Croatian cinema, six films from the last five years are analyzed in their handling of the past.


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