Only months after the Lumiere brothers dazzled Paris high society with their tiny, magical moving pictures, cinema arrived in the Croatian capital of Zagreb on October 3, 1896. Over a century later, the Croatian film industry has persevered, triumphing over myriad political, societal and financial hurdles. Deeply rooted in the country’s national literature, Croatian films typically reflect Central European attitudes about artistic expression.
Some of the newest wave of Croatian talent get a Southern California showcase next weekend at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Friday, May 16 sees the U.S. premiere of director Kristijan Milic’s anti-war drama The Living and the Dead, based on the bestselling novel by Josef Mlakic; Saturday, May 17 features a contemporary double feature of Drazen Zarkovic’s Tressette: A Story of an Island and Hrvoje Hribar’s wonderfully titled What Is a Man Without a Mustache?, neither of which is available on DVD. The Aero Theatre
is located at 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica
information on directions and the Aero’s upcoming schedule,
phone (323) 466-FILM.