A Two Way Mirror

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  • Katarina Zrinka Matijević
  • Croatia
  • 2016, 42 min
Script: Katarina Zrinka Matijević
Photography: Vjeran Hrpka
Editing: Ana Štulina
Sound: Ivan Zelić, Vesna Biljan Pušić
Music: Šumovi protiv valova
Producer, Co-producer: Nenad Puhovski (Factum), Tamara Babun (Factum)
Color: Colour
Language: Croatian

This poetic documentary presents one woman’s journey towards finding self-confidence, inner peace, and harmony. The filmmaker returns to Croatia’s Lika region, where her family comes from. In the bosom of nature, she tries to come to terms with the losses she has suffered in her life, her illness, and her fear of the future. The film is structured into six parts (prologue, spring, summer, autumn, winter, epilogue), each linked to a different stage of human life. It is a very open and intimate confession, framed in a mosaic of memories and experiences, thoughts and feelings. The film is also therapeutic, helping the filmmaker find the strength to fight. The film received the Croatian Oktavijan Award for Best Documentary Film.

“Every fear comes with the reason. To cure my fears I merged secret patterns and knowledge of my family with the cycles of nature. Through this collision I revealed what is the human in beasts and the beastly in humans.” Katarina Zrinka Matijević Veličan


Croatian director and screenwriter Katarina Zrinka Matijević Veličan (1973) studied film and television directing in Zagreb. She has shot fifteen documentaries and short films that have been screened at festivals around the world. She first captured attention with her student film Duel, which received a number of awards in her home country. Her second documentary, On Cows and Men, co-directed with Nebojša Slijepčević, found its way to the IDFA and other important festivals.

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Festival edition: 2016
Sections: Between the Seas
Premiere Type: European Premiere
Exhibition format: DCP
Subtitle languages: English
28.10.2016 10:00


The author of the official spot is renowned director Jean-Luc Godard