Scene from the film The Steel Mill Caffe
Scene from the film The Steel Mill Caffe
Scene from the film The Steel Mill Caffe
Scene from the film The Steel Mill Caffe
Scene from the film The Steel Mill Caffe
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The Steel Mill Caffe

  • Croatia
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The documentary records café conversations of the owners a week before closing the café for good. Erna and Dževad own a bus stop bar by the entrance to once one of the largest ironworks in Eastern Europe. The 'pub talks' filmed by observation technique the last week before the bar's final closure reveal former socialist labourers' new utopia - how to get hold of Germany, the only remaining paradise on earth.


  • Original title
    Buffet Željezara
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Goran Dević
  • DOP
    Vedran Rapo
  • Editing
    Vladimir Gojun
  • Sound
    Martin Semenčić
  • Duration
    60 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Croatia
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • ZagrebDox 2017
    • Mediteran Film Festival Široki Brijeg 2017
    • Star Film Fest 2017
    • Pravo Ljudski Film Festival 2017
    • Mostar Film Festival 2017
    • Panorama Europe 2018 New York
    • Pančevo Film Festival 2018
    • Divan film festival Divan Romania September 20, 2018
    • États généraux du film documentaire de Lussas : Doc Route Yugoslavia Paris France August 20, 2018
    • Frame Out Wiena Austria August 30, 2018
  • Awards
    • DOKUFEST International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2017 – Winner of Balkan Documentary Competition
    • Liburnia Film Festival 2017 – Best Director Award (Goran Dević)
    • Free Zone Film Festival 2017 – Best Socially Engaged Film in Regional Selection
    • Documentary film festival Fibula 2017 – The first award of the audience
    • Croatian Film Days 2018 – Grand Prix, Best directing (Goran Dević) is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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