A Bosnian immigrant who fled to Toronto after the civil war returns to his homeland in search of a missing friend who has been implicated in war crimes, in this quietly chilling and finely surreal meditation on confronting traumas of the past.
College Street Pictures
Directed by Igor Drljaca
Opens January 25 in Toronto
At The Royal – 608 College St.
Director Igor Drljaca is available for interviews and will be on hand for Q+As on January 25 and 26, following the screenings.
A quietly chilling and finely surreal meditation confronting traumas of the past, director Igor Drljaca’s debut feature, Krivina, returns to Toronto for its theatrical release following its world premiere at TIFF – and right before its international premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival – for an exclusive engagement at The Royal, starting Friday January 25.
Krivina tells the story of Miro, an immigrant from the former Yugoslavia living in Toronto. Miro is restless, and never stays in one place for long. He decides to leave Toronto and move again after he finds out that his friend Dado, who has been missing for almost two decades, is now wanted for war crimes. Driven by a desire to find his friend, Miro embarks on a trip through Bosnia.
“After spending nearly three years trying to finish Krivina, I began to realize that it was my own therapeutic journey,“ says Drljaca ”as I struggled to understand both my complicated birth country former Yugoslavia, and my adopted one, Canada. Krivina’s primary resource was a group of very talented individuals in the Toronto film community, so it’s an immense joy to be able to show and experience the film with a Toronto audience.”
Born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and because of the war, Igor Drljaca moved to Canada in 1993 with his family. He completed his Master’s in Film Production at York University’s graduate program in 2011. His 2010 short film, Woman in Purple was made as part of the Sarajevo City of Film Grant, and has screened at dozens of international festivals, including Telluride Film Festival, Tampere Film Festival, Palm Springs Shortfest, and Sarajevo FF. While primarily a fiction filmmaker, he continues to explore new territories and make hybrid and non-fiction work. The Fuse: Or How I Burned Simon Bolivar is his first non-fiction film, which was chosen as one of Canada’s Top Ten short films of 2011. It has screened at various festivals including; Toronto IFF, SXSW, Melbourne IFF, Cinema du Reel, Los Angeles FF, Sarajevo FF, and Era New Horizons FF.
In preparation of Krivina‘s theatrical debut, and to fully immerse audiences into Igor Drljaca’s perspective, The Royal will be doing a special presentation of his award winning shorts: Thursday January 17, 2013. 7:00pm – Drljaca will be in attendance
The Fuse: Or How I Burned Simon Bolivar (Kako Sam Zapalio Simona Bolivara)
2011, 9 minutes
Using personal home video footage, this documentary follows how a young boy’s attempts to avoid a poor mark on a school assignment in 1990′s Sarajevo, may have contributed to a civil war.
Woman in Purple (Žena u Ljubičastom)
2010, 14 minutes
Mirza, a young Sarajevo orphan, earns easy money by assisting a local drug dealer. Dispatched on a job one day, a chance encounter makes him painfully aware of his despicable role – but equally of the possibility of changing things for the better.
On A Lonely Drive
2009, 7 minutes
As a couple argues, their young son goes outside to drown them out. When the father takes off in his car in an attempt to calm down, he is unaware that his leisurely drive might have tragic consequences.
2008, 10 minutes
An elderly couple begin to lose their bond as the monotony of their lives erodes their ability to communicate.
Battery Powered Duckling
2006, 15 minutes
In a world where a pandemic is threatening the livelihood of its citizens, Will dreams of leaving the Zone and winning his way into the Quarantine. Beneath that dream lies a tragic past, of a lost runaway brother, and a lost childhood.
About College Street Pictures
College Street Pictures is a newly created Toronto based boutique distribution company complimenting both The Royal Cinema and post-production company Theatre D Digital. Co-founded by veteran film programmer Stacey Donen, and Dan Peel and Carlos Herrera of Theatre D Digital, College Street Pictures offers a national platform for the best in art house, world cinema, independent feature films and documentaries, as well as some of the best films made in Canada. Upcoming releases include TOWER by director Kazik Radwanski.