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Born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1967. Graduated in scriptwriting at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. His first dramatic works appear in the early nineties. His plays, performed in Croatia and abroad, have received numerous awards. From the world of theater he moved to television and in the years 1996-2005 worked for the Drama Department of the Croatian TV, supervising scriptwriting on some twenty long and medium-length features, and several miniseries.
2006 – Trešeta / Tressette – a Story of an Island / Trešeta – příběh ostrova, long feature, together with Dražen Žarković
2009 – Ljubavni život domobrana / Love Life of a Gentle Coward / Milostný život něžného zbabělce, long feature
2013 – Okupacija, 27.slika / Occupation, the 27th Picture / Okupace, 27.obraz, feature-length documentary
Okupacija, 27. slika (Orig.) / 2013 / Croatia, Czech Republic / 71 min
We encounter the controversial Croatian film director Lordan Zafranović in his voluntary exile in Prague. The film follows his rise from a talented outsider to the celebrated Yugoslav director of the acclaimed war film, An Occupation in 26 Pictures, presented at Cannes Competition in 1979. His life story is an unconventional depiction of a rise and fall that reveals compromises made in order to survive artistically during communism, as well as the missed opportunities and miscalculations that led to his inability to adapt in later years. Is the charismatic Zafranović a national traitor or a victim of historical circumstances in which the only thing he wanted to do, in his own words, was to be himself and make films?