Section: Youth Film U18 Competition



Josip Josip Žuvan
HR/RS, 2022, 113 Min

Explosions and friendship. Two neighbourhood boys about to hit puberty in a town on the Croatian Adriatic coast. They love mobile phones and blowing things up with the help of carbide (an explosive) whilst filming themselves in the process. The only problem is that their families are enemies. A portrait of two slightly dysfunctional middle-class families with a lot of punch.

While the adults are caught up in a certain routine, the boys rebel and live life to the full. Twelve-year-olds Antonio and Nikola are best friends. They live in neighbouring single-family houses, both of which have seen better days. Their families have fallen out. Above all, Nikola's embittered grandmother and Antonio's domineering grandfather stir up what is a rather petty conflict over a missing water pipe. Yet the boys couldn’t care less: They prefer to experiment with carbide, initially blowing up cans, and later even a rubbish bin. They film themselves in the hope of becoming YouTube stars. In this, his cinema debut, director Josip Žuvan precisely captures how trivial things and everyday lies can, over time, turn into physical disagreements of enormous explosive power and, at the same time, delivers a stirring coming-of-age drama about a friendship that is put to the test.

Text: Jörg Taszman
English: Peter Rickerby

Kammerbühne: original version with English subtitles + German simultaneous translation

Josip Zuvan
Tomislav Sutlar
Zoran Maksimovic
Borna Buljevic
Petra Poslek
Mate Matisic
Franko Floigl, Mauro Ercegovic Gracin, Ljubomir Bandovic, Ivana Roscic, Marija Skaricic, Asja Jovanovic, Zdenko Jelcic

Maxima film
NIKOLINA VUCETIC ZECEVIC, Biberche productions
Josip Josip Žuvan

Josip Josip Žuvan - Born in 1987 in Trogir. In 2012 he graduated MA of Film and TV Directing (fiction film) at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb with short film ‘’Snow’’, filmed in co-production with Croatian radiotelevision. His short fiction and animated films are shown at many international festivals. He currently works as a writer, director and creative producer at numerous commercial TV formats. He is a member of Croatian Film director’s guild. "Carbide" is his first feature film.

2014. – Wash Your Hands First (experimental short, director)
2012 – Snow (short fiction, director)
2012 – Dream Myself Away (short animated)
2011 – Irrelevant (short fiction, director)

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