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Horror Vacui


The term "Horror Vacui" was coined by Aristotle, and it means fear of empty space. It is used as a metaphor of the fear of the uncertain future that causes feelings of anxiety and loneliness. With its one-take sequences and free-associative editing style this meditative film sends out warning of the growing hyper-militarization of the world we live in, and what it causes to the human psyche. Due to the space and time of the events taking place in film being blurred, it can all happen everywhere at any time, in this globalized world.

Boris Poljak (Split, Croatia 1959) is one of the most prominent Croatian experimental and documentary filmmakers, an acclaimed cinematographer and director of photography. A long-time member of Split Film Club and one of the initiators of Split Film Festival – an international festival of new fil...
Festivals where it was shown:
  • 2023. - International Film Festival Rotterdam (Short & Mid-length programme) (Rotterdam, DE)
  • 2023. - ZagrebDox (regional competition) (Zagreb, HR)
  • 2023. - Tabor film festival (Desinić/Veliki Tabor, HR)
  • 2023. - Sarajevo Film Festival (documentary competition) (Sarajevo, BA)
Awards and recongitions
  • ZagrebDox 2023 – Small Stamp (Best Short Film In Competition Programme)