My Dad’s Lessons
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Original title: Lekcije Mog Tate
Directed by: Dalija Dozet
Produced by: Dana Budisavljević (Hulahop, Croatia), Vlado Bulajić (December, Slovenia)
Country of production: Croatia, Slovenia
Runtime: 70' - 52'
Expected release: June, 2022
Production stage: Editing
Budget: €170,000 (50% in place)
1st feature: Yes
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Throughout his life my dad Danko considered the camera as an extension of his hands. Every family gathering would end as a chaotic mise-en-scène in front of his camera. He died suddenly, in age of 52. Now that he and his camera are gone, we are not able to communicate. This film is a metacinematic portrait of the family and the relationship between the cameraman father and the director daughter.
Dalija Dozet (Osijek, 1987) has been playing with various film forms since she was a child. During her studies at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, she wrote and directed several short films which were screened at national and international film festivals. She explores film language in different forms and fields of filmmaking as a director, editor and screenwriter, collaborating within fiction, documentary and experimental forms and narratives. As a filmmaking mentor, she has held more than 30 film workshops. She is one of the founders of the Filmska Runda film festival in her hometown Osijek, a member of the Croatian Director’s Guild and a workshop coordinator in Kinoklub Zagreb, and is currently developing her first feature documentary film My Dad’s Lessons.
Dana Budisavljević (1975) graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb, Department of Film and TV Editing. She is the co-founder of Hulahop where she works as director, producer, sometimes editor and most recently also as distributor. In 2019 Dana directed feature length docu-fiction The Diary of Diana B. and was awarded with Grand Golden Arena at the Pula Film Festival making her the first female director to receive main festival award since 1957. The film was cinema released and TV broadcasted in Croatia and the region with great success. Dana produced/co-produced docu series Slumbering Concrete by Saša Ban, films I Like That Super Most the Best by Eva Kraljević, When The War Comes by Jan Gebert and is currently involved in My Dad’s Lessons by Dalija Dozet, The European Union Wolf by Jadran Boban and The Cars That We Drove to Capitalism by Boris Missirkov and Georgi Bogdanov.