On the tenth anniversary of the introduction of workers’ management, the Sisak Iron Mill, one of the largest industrial plants in former Yugoslavia, built an “ideal” settlement for their workers who had thus far lived in huts around the factory. A town was erected around the plant. Sixty years later the building planned as an architecturally contemporary center of the neighborhood found itself in a renamed street: Croatian National Revival. The film follows a week in the building’s everyday life. On its grey façade, the residents follow a colorful artistic mural being made. At the same time people who grew up here slowly start to leave the building and the neighborhood, for their age or economic reasons, and some new, unexpected tenants move in at number 2.
Goran Dević was born in Sisak in 1971. He took a degree in Film and TV Directing from the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he works today. His films were awarded in Pula, Cottbus, Prizren, Prague, Sarajevo, Oberhausen, Leipzig, Motovun and Zagreb. His feature film directorial debut was a critically acclaimed 2009 psychological war drama The Blacks. Retrospectives of his documentaries were screened at Arsenal Berlin, MAXXI, the National Museum of 21st Century Arts Roma, Crossing Europe Filmfestival Linz, Beldocs and Zagreb.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Dani hrvatskog filma 2022.
Liburnia Film Festival
THE BUILDING (doc.)
Director: Goran Dević
Production: Petnaesta umjetnost
PROGRAMME: BALKAN HORIZONS