24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
A Two Way Mirror
This poetic documentary presents one woman’s journey towards finding self-confidence, inner peace, and harmony. The filmmaker returns to Croatia’s Lika region, where her family comes from. In the bosom of nature, she tries to come to terms with the losses she has suffered in her life, her illness, and her fear of the future. The film is structured into six parts (prologue, spring, summer, autumn, winter, epilogue), each linked to a different stage of human life. It is a very open and intimate confession, framed in a mosaic of memories and experiences, thoughts and feelings. The film is also therapeutic, helping the filmmaker find the strength to fight. The film received the Croatian Oktavijan Award for Best Documentary Film.
“Every fear comes with the reason. To cure my fears I merged secret patterns and knowledge of my family with the cycles of nature. Through this collision I revealed what is the human in beasts and the beastly in humans.” Katarina Zrinka Matijević Veličan
Croatian director and screenwriter Katarina Zrinka Matijević Veličan (1973) studied film and television directing in Zagreb. She has shot fifteen documentaries and short films that have been screened at festivals around the world. She first captured attention with her student film Duel, which received a number of awards in her home country. Her second documentary, On Cows and Men, co-directed with Nebojša Slijepčević, found its way to the IDFA and other important festivals.
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|director:||Katarina Zrinka Matijević|
|producer:||Nenad Puhovski, Tamara Babun|
|script:||Katarina Zrinka Matijević|
|music:||Šumovi protiv valova|
|sound:||Ivan Zelić, Vesna Biljan Pušić|