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The Best of Zagreb Film
Volume One: The Classic Collection & Be Careful What You Wish For
The Classic Collection
Beginning with Ersatz, the first film from outside the United States to win an Academy Award for best animated film, these seven cartoons are representative of the most unique offerings from the legendary Zagreb Film studio.
This Oscar-winner by Dusan Vukotic tells the story of a tourist on a beach who "inflates" an entire village. A passionate love develops, provoking jealousy, vengeance, and finally tragedy. In the end, a small nail reminds everyone of the artificiality of the world that has been created.
Memories of both the wonder and alienation of life reverbrates in this animated diary by Nedeljko Dragic, one of Zagreb Film's most acclaimed artists.
of the Red Death (9:18)
Based on the Edgar Allan Poe story. A plague devastates the world, but inside the castle Count Prospero and his decadent court continue their orgies. The plague then takes a mysterious form to do its evil work.
In this typically wild ride by Kresimir Zimonic a lonesome girl at the seashore unexpectedly learns something about herself.
Waltz in Old Mill (6:12)
A relatively new (1995) film, it was written by Oscar-winner Dusan Vukotic. In live action, an old man feeds a flower mill. Two seeds are then transferred into animated lovers who dance their last waltz.
Josko Marusic represents the new breed of animators in Zagreb today, with ties to the old school. In this metaphor of how the normal order of things sometimes goes awry, one night the fish take over.
in A Minor (3:48)
This 1996 film by Goce Vaskov uses music and imagery to portray the extraordinary beauty of the forces of nature. It also launched the Zagreb school into the world of computer animation.
Be Careful What You Wish For (56:28)
Fifteen stories of irony, double cross, and mystery. Some are hilarious, some poignant, all memorable.
A piggy-bank runs away from a boy who was just about to smash it. The pursuit of the pig by a gallery of oddball characters makes this a Zagreb Film favorite.
Special Diploma, London
Director Borivoj (Bordo) Dovnikovic was known for combining humor with an acute understanding of human psychology. This is a film about human curiosity - an affliction for which no cure has ever been found.
Zlatko Grgic's comical story of an operatic pig who finally finds a friend, but at a price.
This boisterously entertaining cartoon from Zlatko Pavlinic demonstrates that in the war between the sexes, nothing is as it first appears.
A prisoner stares sadly into a courtyard from behind the bars of his cell's small window. As the year go by, the growth a single red flower gives him hope. Directed by Nedeljko Dragic.
Fifth One (2:34)
Pavao Stalter's humorous look at human stubbornness. A harmonious quartet confronts an indestructible pest - the trumpet player.
A wall blocks the path of two people. One man submits, while the other refuses to admit defeat. Finally the second man smashes a hole in the wall with his head, paying for the victory with his life. Now the other person's path is open - at least until the next wall. Directed by Ante Zaninovic.
Good luck, bad luck - they both come quickly in this brief gem by Radivoje Gvozdanovi.
Running to hide from his pursuers, our hero is hunted through the dark streets of the city. He locks himself in his apartment, but the pursuers are there as well.
Another classic by Bordo Dovnikovic. Six people are grouped and regrouped in front of a wall as if for a photograph. But all is not as it seems.
A Kafka-like tale about a man and a fly butting heads, but ending up as equals. Directed by the successful team of Aleksandar Marks and Vladimir Jutrisa.
MaxiCat in The Hat (:58)
MaxiCat in Lunch (:57)
MaxiCat in Broom (1:06)
Three more episodes in the 24-part series starring Zltako Grigic's comic cat.