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ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival starts coming Sunday in Zagreb, Croatia and runs until 4th of March. A small but noteworthy film festival, ZagrebDox is now being held for the eighth time. The festival has an official competition which has both international and regional categories as well as non-competitive programs including retrospectives.
29 documentaries are in the international competition as part of the official competition. The international competition focuses on ,,everything that is new, brave, off mainstream and intrepid”, according to the festival’s website. Ballroom Dancer (screened at last years IDFA and CPH:DOX), Planet of Snail (winner at last years IDFA) and 5 Broken Cameras (winner of the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award at Sundance) are all in the international competition. Other films in the competition are f.ex.;
1001 Days (dir. Olivier Jourdain) a documentary about the popularity of Turkish soap opera in the Balkans.
Ramin (dir. Audrius Stonys) is a film about Ramin a veteran Georgian wrestler who travels to the town of Kvenatkotsa to search for his long-lost love Sveta who he fell in love with some 50 years ago.
Returns (dir. Krzysztof Kadłubowski) is a black and white film about the plane crash near Smolensk in Russia when 96 people died, including the Polish president and polish government representatives. The passengers were traveling to Russia to attend a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre.
The regional competition focuses on documentaries from Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria, Montenegro, Kosovo, Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia and Serbia. 20 docs are in the regional competition and its worth mentioning some of them;
20 Days in Tibet (dir. Silvestar Kolbas) a doc about a group from Zagreb that travels with locals from Nepal to Tibet.
Crulic – The Path to Beyond (dir. Anca Damian) an animated doc that tells the story of 33-year-old Romanian who died in Polish prison while on hunger strike.
My Mate Manchester United (dir. Stefan Valdobrev) about Bulgarian who wants to change his name to Manchester United.
Yugo, a Short Autobiography (dir. Mina Đukić). As the name suggests the Yugo car, a car manufactured in ex-Yugoslaia from 1980-2008, is the center of attention in the film.
The ZagrebDox program can be found here. Docs & Film Festivals will inform you about the winners of the festival once its made official. Following is the trailer for Ramin and Yugo, A Short Biography (no subtitles).