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During 2016 Arsen has coproduced an animated feature film "Neparožderi" ("The Oddsockeaters" in English or "Lichožrouti" in Czech language), about small, invisible creatures who live among us and who steal our socks, based on the children’s novel by a well-known Czech writer Pavel Šrut and directed by Galina Miklinová. The film is produced by a two-time Oscar nominated Czech producer/director Ondřej Trojan and co-produced by Slovak film company PubRes, represented by Lubica Orechovska and Zuzana Mistríková. Croatian co-production company is Filmosaurus Rex d.o.o. represented by Arsen's partner and associate producer Hrvoje Vajić. A well-known Croatian composer Mate Matišić has composed the music for the film. "The Oddsockeaters" premiered in theaters Czech Republic on the 20th of October, and had the most successful opening for a Czech animated feature film in the history of Czech cinema, with 76.527 admissions over the weekend. Slovak premiere is expected in the middle of January and Croatian sometime in the Spring of 2017.
Throughout 2016 Arsen has worked as an associate producer on a US documentary feature film "Trezoros, The Lost Jews of Kastoria", about the WW2 destruction of once-thriving Sephardic community peacefully living in the pictoresque town of Kastoria in northern Greece. The film had a market screening in Cannes in May 2016. It successfully premiered in the official selection of the 24th Raindance Film Festival in London on September 27th, with an additional gala screening and reception for guests and UK professionals. The film was also the official candidate for the 89th Academy Awards, in Documentary Feature section. It played in theaters in New York and in Los Angeles.
More information: www.trezoros.com
"Billie Holiday", a stage play co-written by Arsen and actress Ksenija Prohaska, directed by Arsen and starring Ksenija Prohaska as the famous singer Billie Holiday, Robert Kurbasa as her friend Charlie and Ivan Bozicevic as the Pianist, which premiered at the Croatian National Theater in Split on the 11th of February 2006, has continued its successful run. More than 10 years after its first performance, "Billie Holiday" played to full audience in the castle Vitturi in Kastel Luksic on the 26th of August. The local newspapers used the attributes such as "brilliant music drama", "excellent acting", "great singing abilities" and "emotionally touched audience which filled the atrium of the castle".
More information: kastela.org
On July 5th, Arsen began the principal photography of his newest feature film under the working title "F20". This new film presents a sharp departure from his previous subjects. It is a psychological thriller about 20-y.o. Martina and 20-y.o. Filip who meet in the city during the summer; she is working for her father in their family pizzeria, delivering pizzas, while he spends most of the time at home, playing video games and eating pizzas, since his parents have gone to their summer house. After falling in love, Martina convinces Filip to steal money from her father and to run to the seaside, to visit a music festival and have some fun. But, after they stole the money, something goes terribly wrong and their naive summer adventure becomes a struggle for survival.
The shoot will be in two parts; first ending on July 31st and the second of about 9 days commencing in the Fall.
The film is produced and financed completely independently by Arsen and his partner Hrvoje Vajic from Filmosaurus Rex company. Several companies are selflessly helping the production: GripFilm, Interfilm and Antitalent Produkcija. The lead actors are young, first-time actors Romina Tonkovic and Filip Mayer, as well as Lana Ujevic, together with experienced actors who worked with Arsen previously - Mladen Vulic, Alen Liveric, Alen Salinovic, Goran Grgic, Ksenija Marinkovic, Alma Prica, Boris Miholjevic and others.
The project will be entirely shot in Zagreb, except one day of filming at the famous Croatian party beach Zrce on the island of Pag.
The premiere of "F20" is expected sometime next year.
Halima's Path was awarded the Audience Award for the Best Film at the 4th Festival of European Films, held in Montevideo, Uruguay from the 12-18 of May 2016, honoring the European Union. The film earned very high average grade given by the audience (9.3 out of 10).
There were 15 films in the competition program; the requirement for the selection was that each film had to be produced by one of the EU countries and that it had to be previously awarded at some other festival. Due to this success, "Halima's Path" will be screened for the next two weeks in Life Cinemas Alfabeta theaters in Uruguay.
This is the 32nd award or an accolade the film has received in the past 4 years. It still holds the title of the most awarded Croatian film for the past quarter century.
The U.S.-based film sales agency House of Film, which handles worldwide rights to “Halima’s Path”, had a successful week at the European Film Market, which took place during the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. House of Film confirmed the French distribution deal with Rimini, a quality film distributor in France for “Halima’s Path”. It also got serious interest from PremiereFlix in the U.K. for the U.K. distribution rights. Previously, House of Film made the U.S. distribution deal with Fisher Klingenstein Ventures, licensed “Halima’s Path” to HBO Europe and sold the film to several other territories.

Representative piece of Croatian Cinema

Arsen's first, multiple-awards winning feature film "A Wonderful Night in Split" had an exclusive screening at the Greek Film Archive in Athens, Greece on January 23rd as part of the 4th ALTCINE Online Balkan Short Film festival.
This 3-day long event, supported by European Creative Media Film Literacy Program, took place from the 22nd until the 24th of January. It showed the film as a representative piece of Croatian Cinema and as an introduction to the next year's edition of the festival which will take place in Croatia.
The screening was followed by Q&A; the editor of the film Dubravko Slunjski was present at the screening, together with the Croatian Ambassador to Greece Mr. Ivan Velimir Starcevic.
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