Though home to fewer than 1 million people, Zagreb boasts a diverse and vital cinematic culture— Zagreb Dox, the Subversive Film Festival, Animafest, the Human Rights Film Festival, and the Silent Film Festival all descend upon the Croatian capital in a given year.
Since 2003 Zagreb has also hosted the Zagreb Film Festival, a showcase of Croatian and European talent with a particular focus on first and second time directors. This year's line-up featured premieres alongside an eclectic curation of World and European cinema from recent festivals, with a certain eye toward the representation of youth.
Below are Filmatique’s Top Films of Zagreb 2016:
Dogs, Bogdan Mirica
Flemish Heaven, Peter Monsaert
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, Juho Kuosmanen
House of Others, Rusudan Glurdjidze
King of the Belgians, Jessica Woodworth & Peter Brosens
Losers, Ivaylo Hristov
My Life as a Courgette, Claude Barras
My Revolution, Ramzi Ben Sliman
Old Stone, Johnny Ma
One of Us, Stephen Richter
Quit Staring at My Plate, Hana Jusic
The Trampoline, Katarina Zrinka Matijevic
They Call Me Jeeg, Gabriele Mainetti