Portrayal of the "Independent Republic of Peščenica" – Zagreb's old industrial suburb – and its colorful people.

Peščenica is an old industrial suburb of Zagreb. As a satirical depiction of Croatia's recent politics, it has been declared independent republic. What's it like there today? Over a year, the film crew was combing streets, avenues, parks and backyards, focusing on the lives of four Peščenica inhabitants: its self-proclaimed president, a teacher in a Roma school, a cleaning lady in a film distribution company and a young stage director. All that in order to portray Peščenopolis, the film's protagonist that floats between mud and clouds.


Katarina Zrinka Matijević

Zrinka first drew attention to herself with her brilliant student film ''Duel'' that won awards at relevant national festivals. Her second film, ''On Cows and Men'', co-directed with Nebojša Slijepčević, was shown at IDFA.
Original title: Peščenopolis
Year of production: 2003.
Screening time: 72'
Format: DVCam, Beta SP
Production: Factum
Co-financiers: Ministry of Culture, Zagreb City Office for Culture
Written and directed by: Zrinka Matijević Veličan
Produced by: Nenad Puhovski
Cinematography by: Vjeran Hrpka
Edited by: Marina Andrée
Sound recording: Hrvoje Grill
Sound dubbing: Davor Omerza
Production assistants: Dana Budisavljević, Boris Veličan
Assistant editor: Marko Ferković

Festivals & Awards:

Days of Croatian Film 2004; Balkan Black Box, 2004; Split Film Festival, 2004; Female Authors' Marathon (Pula Book Fair), 2003