Best Short Documentary Melita Vrsaljko Croatia, Documentary, 15'16''


In Melita Vrsaljko’s debut film Knin-Zadar we follow the daily routine of the director’s father,

a railroad shunter at the Benkovac railway station, where time seems to have stopped

sometime in the last decades of the 20th century. The basis of this film’s dramaturgy is a

subtle counterpoint between serenity and expectation achieved by minimalist and static

shots of a space in decay, against the backdrop of a quiet and multifaceted soundscape.

Film block: DOCUMENTARY / Mixed Perspectives
Palace of Culture Pernik, Hall 1
  • Language
  • Country Croatia
  • Genre Documentary
  • Cinematographer Jurica Marković
  • Scriptwriter Melita Vrsaljko
  • Producer Tena Trstenjak,Tena Gojić
  • Editor Martin Semenčić
  • Cast Zvonko Vrsaljko
  • Year of creation 2023
  • Duration 15'16''
Melita Vrsaljko
Director Melita Vrsaljko

Melita Vrsaljko was born in 1993 in Zadar and spent most of her childhood in Benkovac.

During her studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Zagreb, she worked for the website and RTL broadcaster. She continued her career as a journalist and

reporter with Al Jazeera Balkans, and since 2020 she has been writing for the Faktograf

website. Her focus is environmental protection, climate change and human rights. She lives

and works in Nadin, a small village near Benkovac. The documentary film Knin – Zadar is

her cinematic debut.

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