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.

Katarina Zrinka Matijević was born in Zagreb in 1973. She obtained her degree in Film and TV Directing from the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Art and also studied Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. So far she has directed and written around fifteen documentary and short fiction films. They were shown on festivals around the world.

Zrinka first drew attention to herself with her brilliant student film Duel that won awards at relevant student festivals (Munich and Tel Aviv). The film also won Jelena Rajković Award and Oktavijan Award, Grand Prix of the Days of Croatian Film. Her second documentary (co-directed with Nebojša Slijepčević), On Cows and Men (2000), leaning towards cinema vérité, was shown at the most important documentary film festivals in the world (IDFA in Amsterdam, Munich Documentary Film Festival, Bogota, Austin, Rhodes). In 2003, Zrinka directed the feature-length documentary Peščenopolis, produced by Factum. It is a bitter-sweet depiction of Peščenica, Zagreb's poor and forgotten suburb, declared independent republic by its self-proclaimed president.

Her new film, A Two Way Mirror, was awarded with Oktavijan for best documentary film at Croatian Film Days 2016.


On Cows and Men

A story about a colorful married couple from Medulin, whose different views on life disrupt their idyll.


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

A Two Way Mirror

One woman's journey to self-awareness, self-confidence and maturity.


Duel, documentary (1998)
On Cows and Men, documentary (2000)
Peščenopolis, documentary (2004)
Trampoline, feature fiction (in postproduction)
A Two Way Mirror, documentary (2016)