By Andrija Škare
Matchmaking Literature and Film 2018
Andrija Škare graduated in journalism from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Zagreb. He used to work at Croatian National Television as a journalist. He has published “S više mlijeka molim” (2008), Život svijeta koji će doći” (2014), “Slušaj me” (2016) and “Društvene igre” (2017).
LOGLINE of the book
Thirteen year old boy faces the hardest choice in his life: he stands in front of the football net as the best goalie in the village at the opening of the new school gym, but if he stops the ball consequences will be harsh. What will he do?
synopsis of the book / STORY
Toni is a thirteen year-old boy living with his parents in a small place in Croatian province, Dalmatinska zagora. He is the best goalkeeper in the village and probably the next goalie for Hajduk. His dad hasn't worked since the end of the war and is promised a janitor job in Toni's school. There was a ceremony of opening the new school gym and a minister, a major and a district-prefect were invited to open the ceremony. The minister was supposed to shoot the football ball and Toni was the goalkeeper. Toni's father told him that he has to pass the ball into the net, otherwise he might lose his job place, since it was the minister who was shooting and it wouldn't be convenient to embarrass himself in front of the press and whole nation. But Toni couldn't help himself and stopped the ball.
The short story „Goalkeeper“, about a thirteen year old kid who has to make the hardest decision of his life was motivated by a newspapers article about a minister opening a new school gym in a small town in Dalmatia. The article contained a photo of a boy who stood between the bars while the minister was taking a penalty shot and I started asking myself – is there any chance that the boy had to let the ball in, is there any chance that politics is so powerful and mean that it interferes with people's lives even on the smallest scale, even with the kids who are, at least by definition, totally innocent and should be unaware of the evil and cynicism of the world? I wanted to show that morality is a built-in quality and that all of us have to make hard choices every day even when that process is not fully conscious.
pUBLISHER company profile
Fraktura was founded in 2002. We have received over 50 literary honors including awards for the best publisher in Croatia in 2014, the best publisher in region in 2014 and London Book Fair International Excellence Award in 2015. In 2013 Fraktura has begun The World Literature Festival in Zagreb that has turned into one of the most significant yearly manifestations of this kind in the region.
Seid Serdarević is editor-in-chief of Croatian publishing house Fraktura and program director of World Literature Festival. He graduated comparative literature and Czech literature at the University of Zagreb. He was awarded the Croatian prize Kiklop as editor of the year 2007 and in 2015, Fraktura won the London Book Fair International Excellence Award 2015.
MAIN AWARDS / FESTIVALS OF WRITER
Festival of World Literature, Festival of the European Short Story, Vilenica International Literary Festival, Kikinda Short Story Festival, Alpe Adria Young Writers
PAST MAIN PUBLICATIONS OF WRITER
'S više mlijeka, molim' (Celeber, Zagreb, 2008.), 'Život svijeta koji će doći' (CeKaPe, Zagreb, 2014.), 'Slušaj me' (Durieux, Zagreb, 2016.), 'Društvene igre' (Hena Com, Zagreb, 2017.)
MAIN BIBLIOGRAPHY & SELECTION IN MAIN FESTIVALS OF PUBLISHER
Fraktura has published more than 650 books in fifteen years of existence. From the Croatian and regional authors, some of the most relevant titles are Unterstadt by Ivana Šojat, Homeland, Oblivion by Ludwig Bauer, Sonnenschein by Daša Drndić, Viljevo by Luka Bekavac, Bezdan by Josip Mlakić, Elijah’s Chair and A Castle in Romagna by Igor Štiks, Kinship by Miljenko Jergović, The Fox by Dubravka Ugrešić... Fraktura greatly invests in the publishing high-quality translated literature, such as Péter Nádas, Robert Musil, Witold Gombrowitz, David Grossman, Sofi Oksanen, Rita Monaldi and Francesco Sorti, Daniel Kehlmann, Claudio Magris etc.
Fraktura’s authors were awarded with the most important awards such as t.portal award, Prozart award, Njegoš award, EUPL prize, Meša Selimović award, Jutarnji list daily award, Kiklop award, Vladimir Nazor award, Ivan Kozarac, Josip Kozarac award, Ksaver Šandor Đalski award etc.
AUDIOVISUAL RIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS BY PUBLISHER
Elijahova stolica by Igor Štiks (a play, Jugoslovensko dramsko pozorište), Glava velike ribe by Ognjen Sviličić (a film, Interfilm), Unterstadt by Ivana Šojat (a play, HNK Osijek).
Rural, small village in the Croatian province of Dalmatinska zagora, 2010-2018.
Toni, Mom, Dad, Jure, Minister, School’s Principal.
PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL AVAILABLE
English sample translation available; Comic made by Stipan Tadić; https://hena-com.hr/knjige/cijena/drustvene-igre.
FILM AND TV REFERENCES (Sample films)
My Sweet Little Village (Jiříja Menzela), Mediterraneo (Gabriele Salvatores)
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TARGET AUDIENCE AGE
TARGET AUDIENCE PROFILE
The story meets the universal situation relatable to the widest audience profile.
LOCATIONS IN WHICH STORY TAKES PLACE
Toni’s residence, in front of Toni’s school, in the new school gym.
AGE IN WHICH STORY TAKES PLACE
TV (Film and Series) Cinema / Internet / Theatre / Webseries / Musical
AVAILABLE RIGHTS FOR TERRITORIES
Fraktura - Seid Serdarević
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