The Years of Rust

A film about unscrupulous exploitation of workers that happens under the guise of privatisation.

A story about workers at the Uljanik shipyard in Pula whose difficult and dangerous job is to apply anti-corrosion protection to ship metal. The combination of dust, rust, poisonous gases, inhumane conditions and long hours without rest breaks has slowly turned these workers into apathetic working machines. Unscrupulous exploitation, under the guise of privatisation, has stripped them of the last traces of dignity and pride.


Andrej Korovljev

Director of the brilliant 2000 documentary film ''The Years of Rust'' about the workers of Uljanik Shipyard in Pula who end up victims of unscrupulous Croatian privatization process. In the past years he has been very successful as director of commercial ads and music videos.
Original title: Godine hrđe
Year of production: 2000.
Screening time: 35'
Format: 16 mm
Production: Factum
Directed by: Andrej Korovljev
Written by: Andrej Korovljev, Dana Budisavljević
Produced by: Nenad Puhovski
Cinematography by: Igor Savatović
Edited by: Dana Budisavljević
Original score: After Buster, Arda, Franci Blašković & Gori Ussi Winetou
Sound dubbing: Mladen Škalec
Additional cinematography by: Goran Legović
Still photographer: Jasna Buić
Script: Blanka Buić
Sound recording: Dana Budisavljević, Branko Crnogorčić, Goran Legović

Festivals & Awards:

Balkan Black Box, Berlin; Days of Croatian Film 2000 –  Best Documentary Film, Jelena Rajković Award for best newcommer, Best Editing; Humanity In The World Film Festival; Liburnia Film Festival; Milano Film Festival 2000; Motovun Film Festival; Prix Europa 2000; Pool FF; One World Human Rights Festival 2001, Prag; Munchen IFF 2001; International short Film festival Message To Man, St. Petersburg; Verzio Film Festival, Budapest; ZagrebDox