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The Best of Zagreb Film
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Nine hours of cartoons, also available for international television



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Volume 1
Classic Collection, & Be Careful What You Wish For

Volume 1
Classic Collection,
& Be Careful What You Wish For
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Volume One: The Classic Collection & Be Careful What You Wish For

The Classic Collection

Beginning with Ersatz, the first film from outside the United States to win an Academy Award for best animated film, these seven cartoons are representative of the most unique offerings from the legendary Zagreb Film studio.

Ersatz (9:24)

This Oscar-winner by Dusan Vukotic tells the story of a tourist on a beach who "inflates" an entire village. A passionate love develops, provoking jealousy, vengeance, and finally tragedy. In the end, a small nail reminds everyone of the artificiality of the world that has been created.

  • 1962 Academy Award

  • 1961 First Prize, San Francisco

  • 1962 First Prize, Belgrade

  • 1962 City of Zagreb Award

  • 1962 Special Jury Award, Oberhausen

  • 1963 First Prize and Audience Award, Prague

  • 1971 Special Merit Award, Philadelphia

Diary (8:09)

Memories of both the wonder and alienation of life reverbrates in this animated diary by Nedeljko Dragic, one of Zagreb Film's most acclaimed artists.

  • 1974 Grand Prize, Zagreb

  • 1975 Gold Medal, Chicago

  • 1975 City of Zagreb Award

  • 1975 Gold Medal, Belgrade

  • 1975 Will Welling Award, Oberhausen

Mask of the Red Death (9:18)
(Maska Crvene Smrti)

Based on the Edgar Allan Poe story. A plague devastates the world, but inside the castle Count Prospero and his decadent court continue their orgies. The plague then takes a mysterious form to do its evil work.

  • 1971 Diploma, Annecy

  • 1971 First Prize, New York

  • 1971 Special Diploma, London

  • 1971 Best Animation at the Hollywood 8th World Festival of Animation

  • 1970 Gold Medal, Belgrade

  • 1970 Silver Pelican, Mamaia

  • 1971 Third Prize, Bilbao

  • 1971 FILMEX Diploma

  • 1972 Silver Medal, Atlanta

Butterflies (9:13)

In this typically wild ride by Kresimir Zimonic a lonesome girl at the seashore unexpectedly learns something about herself.

  • 1988 Special Award for Artistic Value, Zagreb

  • 1988 Gold Medal for Music and Effects, Belgrade

Last Waltz in Old Mill (6:12)
(Posljednji Valcer U Starom Mlinu)

A relatively new (1995) film, it was written by Oscar-winner Dusan Vukotic. In live action, an old man feeds a flower mill. Two seeds are then transferred into animated lovers who dance their last waltz.

Fisheye (8:45)
(Riblje Oko)

Josko Marusic represents the new breed of animators in Zagreb today, with ties to the old school. In this metaphor of how the normal order of things sometimes goes awry, one night the fish take over.

  • 1980 Special Jury Award, Ottawa

  • 1980 First Prize in Category, Sitges

  • 1980 Grand Prize, Belgrade

  • 1980 Audience Award, Zagreb

  • 1980 Bronze Award, Chicago

  • 1983 Special Award of the International Cinema Federation, Rotterdam

  • 1983 International Jury Award for Best Animated Film, Madrid

  • 1983 First Award in Category, Brussels

Mass in A Minor (3:48)
(Misa U A-Molu)

This 1996 film by Goce Vaskov uses music and imagery to portray the extraordinary beauty of the forces of nature. It also launched the Zagreb school into the world of computer animation.

Be Careful What You Wish For (56:28)

Fifteen stories of irony, double cross, and mystery. Some are hilarious, some poignant, all memorable.

Big Time (6:18)
(Veliki Provod)

A piggy-bank runs away from a boy who was just about to smash it. The pursuit of the pig by a gallery of oddball characters makes this a Zagreb Film favorite.

Special Diploma, London

Curiosity (7:50)

Director Borivoj (Bordo) Dovnikovic was known for combining humor with an acute understanding of human psychology. This is a film about human curiosity - an affliction for which no cure has ever been found.

  • 1967 Special Diploma, Belgrade

  • 1967 Special Certificate, Cracow

  • 1967 First Prize for Animated Film, Leipzig

Musical Pig (8:54)
(Muzikalno Prase)

Zlatko Grgic's comical story of an operatic pig who finally finds a friend, but at a price.

  • 1966 First Prize, Leipzig
  • 1977 Diploma, New York
Okay! (:57)

This boisterously entertaining cartoon from Zlatko Pavlinic demonstrates that in the war between the sexes, nothing is as it first appears.

  • 1974 Diploma, Melbourne

  • 1973 Festival Participants Award, Oberhausen.

Elegy (3:40)

A prisoner stares sadly into a courtyard from behind the bars of his cell's small window. As the year go by, the growth a single red flower gives him hope. Directed by Nedeljko Dragic.

  • 1966 Diploma, Venice

  • 1971 Award for Exceptional Merit, Philadelphia

The Fifth One (2:34)

Pavao Stalter's humorous look at human stubbornness. A harmonious quartet confronts an indestructible pest - the trumpet player.

  • 1965 Special Certificate, New York

  • 1965 Special Certificate, London

  • 1965 Honorary Award, Vienna

  • 1965 Special Diploma, Cracow

The Wall (3:22)

A wall blocks the path of two people. One man submits, while the other refuses to admit defeat. Finally the second man smashes a hole in the wall with his head, paying for the victory with his life. Now the other person's path is open - at least until the next wall. Directed by Ante Zaninovic.

  • 1966 Special Prize, London

  • 1966 First Prize, San Francisco

  • 1966 First Prize, Belgrade

  • 1966 Honorary Diploma, Locarno

  • 1966 City of Zagreb Award

  • 1966 Special Diploma, Bergamo

  • 1966 First Prize, Mamaia

Molitva (:54)

Good luck, bad luck - they both come quickly in this brief gem by Radivoje Gvozdanovi.

  • 1972 Jury Award, Oberhausen

Paranoia (3:51)

Running to hide from his pursuers, our hero is hunted through the dark streets of the city. He locks himself in his apartment, but the pursuers are there as well.

The Ceremony (3:14)

Another classic by Bordo Dovnikovic. Six people are grouped and regrouped in front of a wall as if for a photograph. But all is not as it seems.

The FlyThe Fly (7:54)

A Kafka-like tale about a man and a fly butting heads, but ending up as equals. Directed by the successful team of Aleksandar Marks and Vladimir Jutrisa.

  • 1968 Grand Prize Golden Hugo Award, Chicago

  • 1967 Special Certificate, New York

  • 1967 Special Certificate, London

  • 1967 First Prize for Animated Film and Critics' Prize, Belgrade

  • 1967 Grand Prize, Oberhausen

  • 1967 Second Prize, Triest

  • 1967 Honorary Diploma, Acapulco

  • 1969 City of Zagreb Award

  • 1982 Silver Clove Award, Sitges

MaxiCat in The Hat (:58)

MaxiCat in Lunch (:57)

MaxiCat in Broom (1:06)

Three more episodes in the 24-part series starring Zltako Grigic's comic cat.

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