By Olja Savičević Ivančević
Matchmaking Literature and Film 2018
Grička vještica Tajna krvavog mosta
The Witch of Grich: Secret of the Bloody Bridge
Olja Savičević Ivančević
Olja Savičević Ivančević (1974), a poet, a writer and a journalist. She published several poetry collections as well as short story collection “To make a dog laugh” (2006) and two novels, “Adios, Cowboy” (2010) and "Singer in the Night" (2016).“
LOGLINE of the book
Looking for clues to her brother's death, the heroine meets a series of colorful characters, falls in love and faces the harsh reality of a broken society.
synopsis of the book / STORY
The novel follows Dada who returns to her home town, in Mediterranean Dalmatia, where her brother Danijel committed suicide four years earlier. Looking for clues to her brother's death, taking care of her mother, Dada meets a series of colorful characters, falls in love and faces the harsh reality of a broken society.
The novel was warmly welcomed by critics and the public for the power and charm of its language.
Adapted for the theatre, Farewell Cowboy depicts post-war Croatia and its ‘lost generation’.
I took inspiration from the Italian ‘spaghetti western’ movies, in which the protagonists are driven by money and self-interest, rather than moral values.
pUBLISHER company profile
Sandorf Publishing is registered as Sandorf Publishing and Literary Agency in 2007 and it consists of two sections – publishing and literary agency. From the very beginning Sandorf wanted to engage in independent publishing so the publishing plan for each year consists of twenty titles the editors consider necessary to release.
Ivan Sršen (born 1979) was born in Zagreb, where he finished university in 2004, receiving Masters degree in History and Linguistics. He is a head of an independent publishing house Sandorf, but also an editor, translator, writer and literary agent who has been in the publishing business ever since he was working in an independent bookstore while in college to earn for his spare time travels.
MAIN AWARDS / FESTIVALS OF WRITER
The manuscript of “To make a dog laugh” won Olja the prize for the best prose author under thirty-five awarded jointly by „Vijenac“, a Croatian literature and culture magazine, and the publishing house AGM. Olja won the Ranko Marinkovic award for the best short story in 2007 and the Kiklop prize for the best poetry collection in 2008.
„Adios, Cowboy“ won the award: „Roman T-portal“ as best Croatian novel 2011, as well as the art prize „Jure Kaštelan“ and translations into several foreign languages and based on the novel play.
PAST MAIN PUBLICATIONS OF WRITER
It will be tremendous when I grow up (Bit će strašno kada ja porastem) poems Eternal Kids (Vječna djeca) poems
Female manuscripts (Žensko pismo) poems
House rules (Kućna pravila) poems – Kiklop prize for the best poetry collection in 2008
To make a dog laugh (Nasmijati psa) short stories – prize for the best Croatian prose author under thirty-five by magazine Vijenac and publisher AGM
Adios, Cowboy (Adio kauboju) novel – Croatian Telekom Award for the best novel in 2010, Art Prize Jure Kaštelan
Singer in the Night (Pjevač u noći) novel
MAIN BIBLIOGRAPHY & SELECTION IN MAIN FESTIVALS OF PUBLISHER
In October 2011 Sandorf and its Serbian co-publisher Red Box received the Special Award of the Belgrade Intl. Book Fair for 2011 for the joint project of Croatian translation of 'Gay Life and Culture: A World History' by R. Aldrich.
In 2016 Sandorf published new novels by a number of Croatian authors who won most important national literary awards (O. Savičević, T. Gromača, M. Koščec, R. Perišić, etc.). In 2017 five novels were shortlisted for the main national literary awards. 'Sjećanje šume' by Damir Karakaš won biggest literary award 'Fric'.
AUDIOVISUAL RIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS BY PUBLISHER
Short film 'Summer' (2018, directed by Dubravka Turić) based on Savicevic Ivancevic's short stories will premiere at Pula Film Festival 2018.
Drama / Crime / Novel / Romance
The novel is set in a small Mediterranean town in 2000's and four years after the suicide of heroine's brother.
Croatian, English, German, French
The novel follows Dada who returns to her home town, in Mediterranean Dalmatia, where her brother Danijel committed suicide four years earlier. Looking for clues to her brother death, taking care of her mother, Dada meets a series of colourful characters, falls in love and faces the harsh reality of a broken society.
PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL AVAILABLE
“Dada represents the generation which the war in ex-Yugoslavia has catapulted into a new future. A future, in which redskins were suddenly no longer cooler than the cowboys who had embodied the imperialist West.” – Die Zeit
“... a wild ride through the dusty streets of a coastal city in Dalmatia; clouds of memories are stirred up and verbal hot lead fills the air. The dust settles to reveal a subtle and cleverly crafted family story, which revolves around a pervasive
past waiting to be addressed.” Wortlandschaften
FILM AND TV REFERENCES (Sample films)
The movie 'Paris Texas' by Wim Wenders tells a similar story of solving a mistery from personal life. This movie has a similar theme, as well as crime and drama-like atmosphere as 'Adios, Cowboy'.
FIND OUT MORE
Her work has been included in a number of Croatian anthologies and International selections, and her writing, books or parts of prose work, poetry and essayistics have been translated into German, Czech, Italian, Spanish, Slovenian, French, English, Slovak, Macedonian, Polish, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Albanian and Zulu language.
TARGET AUDIENCE AGE
TARGET AUDIENCE PROFILE
Women between 35-45, college educated, with high incomes, living in rural areas or smaller towns.
LOCATIONS IN WHICH STORY TAKES PLACE
Small Mediterranean town in Croatia such as Podstrana
AGE IN WHICH STORY TAKES PLACE
TV (Film and Series) Cinema / Internet / Theatre / Webseries / Musical
AVAILABLE RIGHTS FOR TERRITORIES
Sandorf - Ivan Sršen
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