Documentary - Completed 2020

A magical depiction of a place, people and nature as well as the way in which people relate to the rich tradition and culture of a small Kvarner community in Croatia.

    • Year of production
    • 2020
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Duration
    • 85 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Synopsis
    • An observational documentary film that depicts a large number of Istrian locals connected to the promenade of Franz Joseph, its buildings, beaches, and the sea. We will follow the lives of certain individuals and their immediate interactions with other people throughout the change of seasons, by which we are going to show that these changes affect the promenade itself during the tourist season and after it. The promenade comprises unusual events and manifestations as well as various collective gatherings along the 7.5-mile-long route by the sea. From a spatial point of view, the first segment consists of houses and mansions that overlook the promenade. The second one is the promenade with a fence towards the sea. The third segment depicts the coastline and piers, both of which serve as places where local residents and tourists gather and swim. The fourth one is the sea in the vicinity of the promenade along with boats and ships. It is a harmonious interweaving of a fairly large number of interesting individuals that appear in four spatial segments and it shows how the seasons, natural factors and the local specifics (e.g. the scent of bay leaf in the summer and the energetic forces from Učka in connection with the sea) affect their lives and the general atmosphere. We will follow several individuals out of which we can single out Albano Vučetić, sea captain Gojko Ujdurović, drummer Marko Žele, bouzouki player Roko Pecarić, young sisters Lea and Linda Kršanec, who are members of the juggling group “Red Race”, fisherman Marko Richardson, Vjekoslav Martinko, the creator of a theory on supernatural forces, and other supporting characters. A magical depiction of a place, people and Istrian nature as well as the way in which people relate to the rich tradition and culture of Kvarner.