A story about an old man from Slovenia and the Croatian sea…

iOtok is a multimedia and interactive documentary story, following the elderly Slovenian writer and passionate underwater fisherman Mate Dolenc, who is writing his last big book. Mate Dolenc, a Slovenian Ernest Hemingway of sorts, is planning to return to the Croatian island of Biševo in December 2015 after four years. He is going there with the intention to write his last novel. In his career as a writer, he has dedicated eight books for children and grown-ups and two screenplays to this island and the Adriatic Sea. In the meantime, while he was gone, the island, like himself, has grown old and started to die. There are now only 10 hard-core islanders living, most of them being over 70 years old. Hundred-year-old houses slowly turn into summer houses for rent owned by rich people of Komiža on the neighbouring island of Vis. Tourism investors want to make suites for rent in the abandoned island school, which would make the community lose the possibility of using the precious school’s water tank which means life and prosperity for the island. A hope for the future comes in the form of the Lucio couple, a former sea chef, and Lada, a yoga teacher from New York, who came to Biševo to start a new life and a family. However, in order to save the island from dying, first they have to establish a Town Committee and reinvigorate the island community.

Original title: iOtok
Year of production: 2018.
Screening time: 93'
Color: color
Format: HD
Production: Astral Films (Slovenia)
Co-production: Factum (Croatia), Quasar Multimedia (Italy)
Screenwriter, director and producer: Miha Čelar
Producers: Nenad Puhovski, Marta Zaccaron
Executive producer and co-writer: Tamara Babun
DOP: Tomislav Krnić, Miha Tozon, Lev Predan Kowarski
Sound: Vincent Laurence, Vjekoslav Mikez, Havir Gergolet
Camera operators: Marko Ružić, Marino Brzac, Igor Pfajfar Fifi, Janez Stucin Zu, Žiga Ivanc
Music composers: Luca Ciut, Žan Jakopač
Editor: Fabio Toich
Sound designer: Franceso Morosini AITS
Graphic design: Remigio Guadagnini
Postproduction: Andrea Guardascio
Translation: Mirta Jurilj, Marko Godeč (Ministry of Subtitles)
Executive producer Factum: Neda Frank
Technical support: Mario Bandić, Mislav Ščukanec Rezniček
Financial support: Slovenia Film Centre, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Fondo Audiovisivo FVG,RE-ACT, VIBA Film
Development support: Creative Europe Media-Single project 2013, East European Forum- DOCK TANK 2015, i_doc workshop VISONS DU REEL 2015, FILMTERACTIVE 2015,CROS VIDEO DAYS 2015, REACT workshop Motovun FF 2015, SUNNY SIDE OF DOC 2015, Interactive Pitch Barcelona 2015, Round Ta