The Abandoned Town

A poetical and moving documentary that depicts the dramatic fate of a part of Italian minority in Istria through the prism of one man's fate.

A film about the life of Italian minority in former Yugoslavia, told through the story of Završje (Piemonte), an almost completely abandoned and ruined town in Istria. Gigi was among the rare ones who stayed in the town when Tito`s Yugoslavia demanded that the Italian minority choose between their two homelands. Today, some 50 years later, he is still the only "citizen" of the abandoned town.

The film was made as part of the documentary film workshop of the Grožnjan Imaginary Academy.


Magdalena Piekorz

An awarded Polish scriptwriter, film and TV director and theater director.
Original title: Napušteni grad
Year of production: 2000.
Screening time: 18'
Format: 16 mm
Production: Factum
Written and directed by: Magdalena Piekorz
Produced by: Nenad Puhovski
Cinematography by: Miran Krčadinac
Cinematographers: Karpo Godina, Jurica Jagetić
Edited by: Marek Mirkiewicz
Sound recording: Mile Blažević
Sound dubbing: Marek Mirkiewicz
Narrator: Dinko Božanić

Festivals & Awards:

Days of Croatian Film 2002; VIDEOPOLIS International Film Festival 2003, Padua –  First Prize Documentario Oggi