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The Diary od Diana B.

28.08. 22:45
(a part of Rijeka 2020 - ECoC programme)
  • Title: The Diary od Diana B.
  • Year of production: 2019
  • Duration: 88`
  • Director: Dana Budisavljević
  • Screenwriters: Dana Budisavljević, Jelena Paljan
  • Camera: Jasenko Rasol
  • Sound: Jakov Munižaba
  • Editing: Marko Ferković
  • Music: Alen Sinkauz, Nenad Sinkauz
  • Producers: Miljenka Čogelja, Olinka Vištica
  • Production: Hulahop , December Films , This and That Productions

Diana Budisavljevic, a distinguished Austrian, leads a comfortable life among the Zagreb upper-middle class. In the fall of 1941 she learns that Jewish and Christian Orthodox women and children are being taken to the Ustasha camps, where they are left to die. Since the Jewish community can only send provisions to Jewish prisoners, the Christian Orthodoxs are left helpless. Taking matters into her own hands, Diana begins organizing a campaign that will have saved more than 10,000 children. Based on her diaries, this captivating true story combines fiction, survivors’ testimonies and rarely seen archives of World War II Croatia and Ustasha camps.

Dana Budisavljević (Zagreb, 1975) graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb, Department of Film and TV Editing. She has worked as editor, production assistant, and organiser of film festivals. Her directorial debut was the documentary Straight A’s (Factum, 2004), and she has gained pop...
Festivals where it was shown:
  • 2019. - Motovun Film Festival (Motovun, Croatia)
  • 2019. - Festival slovenskog filma (Portorož, Slovenia)
  • 2019. - Vox Feminae Festival (Zagreb, Croatia)
  • 2019. - Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (Antalya, Turky)
  • 2019. - UK Jewish Film Festival (London, UK)
  • 2020. - Göteborg Film Festival (Göteborg, Sweden)
  • 2020. - SEEfest | South East European Film Festival Los Angeles (Los Angeles, USA)
  • 2020. - Taormina Film Fest (Taormina, Italy)
  • 2020. - Sarajevo Film Festival (Sarajevo, BH)
Awards and recongitions
  • Pula Film Festival 2019 - Grand Golden Arena for Best Film Golden Arena for Best Directing (Dana Budisavljević); Golden Arena for Best Music (Alen Sinkauz, Nenad Sinkauz); Golden Arena for Best Editing (Marko Ferković); Golden Gate of Pula; FEDEORA Award for Best Croatian Feature Film
  • FilmFestival Cottbus – Festival of East European Cinema 2019 - Prize for Best Debut Film
  • Vinkovci Film Festival of Actors 2019 - Golden Orion for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Alma Prica)
  • Zagreb Film Festival 2019 - Best Film (Program ‘PLUS’)
  • Free Zone Film Festival 2019 - Human Rights Award; Audience Award
  • Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival 2019 - Best Feature Film in International Competition
  • Oktavijan Award for Best Feature Film 2019