By Ivan-Goran Vitez
Co-Production Market 2018
Born on 1975, attended Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb 1994-2000, Film & TV directing department. Since 1997 works as the assistant director in numerous Croatian film and TV productions. When the opportunity arises, also directs. Until now directed two feature films, three well noticed short films and one documentary, as well as 12 episodes of Croatian most popular sitcom «Thugs and Princesses» ("Bitange i princeze") and 18 episodes of comedy series "The Law!" ("Zakon!"). Occasionally writes and directs for the theatre.
After the recently divorced father is denied access to his 9-years old daughter on her birthday, he returns to her school with a cake, a present, and a gun, causing the hostage situation. But his impulsive reaction could prove disastrous since the desperate mayor starts to speculate how much the class of murdered children would improve his chances on the upcoming local election.
A middle-aged, recently divorced father of a nine-year-old daughter, furious that he cannot spend his daughter's birthday with her, bursts with a birthday gift, a cake and a rifle into her classroom. The hostage crisis ensues, and the Mayor of the county center in which the events takes place, together with a policeman, father of one of the birthday girl's classmates, try to solve it. The situation arouses interest of the media, particularly of the local correspondent of a big daily news portal. When the kidnapper calms down and decides to release the children, it may be too late, because his family links to the Mayor's main opponent at the forthcoming local elections has already been discovered, and the Mayor takes steps which will make sure that the children get killed, so he could discredit his political opponent. The media have nothing against such an outcome, either. On the contrary; dead children are always the lead story. The situation changes radically – the kidnapper now has to save the children he threatened with his rifle up until moments ago, since a death squad has been sent to the school masked as an intervention police unit. The father-policeman also realizes that something is amiss, and he is forced to cooperate with the kidnapper he barely knows from the PTA meetings, and doesn't particularly like, to put it mildly. Altogether, it doesn't bode well, since the control over the whole incident is in the hands of the journalist of a popular internet portal, whose intentions are very questionable.
The logline of the “Extracurricular” goes like this: After the recently divorced father is denied access to his 9-years old daughter on her birthday, he returns to her school with a cake, a present, and a gun, causing the hostage situation. But his impulsive reaction could prove disastrous since the desperate mayor starts to speculate how much the class of murdered children would improve his chances on the upcoming local election. However, this will not be an action-paced popcorn movie nor a violent gorefest. I'll try to address bigger problems and through different characters deal with themes which are affecting worldwide reality and perception of everyday life.
production company profile
Established in the mid-nineties, Interfilm profiled in producing full-length fiction films for cinema and fiction TV series. Interfilm has produced 30 feature films among which are 9 European co-productions as well as 3 of 5 Croatian full-length fiction films with the highest number of admissions since the Republic of Croatia’s foundation in 1992. Among its worldwide awarded features are: The Constitution (2016, Grand Prize of the Americas in Montreal), On the Other Side (Berlinale 2016 – Special Mention by Europa Cinemas Label jury), Priest’s Children (Karlovy Vary 2013, EFA-nomination for best comedy 2013) and many others. Interfilm produced more than 30 documentaries as well as first Croatian sitcom Bums and Princesses. In 2014, Interfilm produced the 12 part TV drama series World in Black & White which 3rd season is in pre-production...
Maja Vukic graduated from Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, Department of film and TV editing. Since 1998 she worked as a freelancer: as film editor, sound editor, production assistant, assistant director, script and continuity, assistant editor and location scout for companies: Croatian Television, Telefilm d.o.o., Maxima film d.o.o., Interfilm d.o.o., Družba d.o.o., Orlando film d.o.o., Studio „Phenomena“, Fade In.
Since its foundation in 2003 she worked in production company “4Film” from Zagreb, Croatia, as executive producer. From July 2010 till May 2011 Vukić worked as producer in Fade In from Zagreb, Croatia. Since June 2011 she works as an executive producer and producer in Interfilm, Zagreb.
Maja Vukić is a member of European Film Academy, is a member of Croatian Producers Association Managing Board and was the president of Croatian Film Workers Association in term 2016-2018.
2018 World in Black&White – season 3, by Goran Kulenović, TV series 12 x 50min, in
2018 Biggest Accidents of Croatia in Peace, by Arsen Oremović, documentary series 6 x 50min, in postproduction
2018 What a Country!, directed by Vinko Brešan, full-length fiction film, in postproduction 2016 World in Black&White – season 2, by Goran Kulenović, TV series 12 x 50min 2016 The Constitution, directed by Rajko Grlić, full-length fiction film, 93min
2016 Trampoline, directed by Katarina Zrinka Matijević, full length fiction film, 77min 2016 On the Other Side, directed by Zrinko Ogresta, full-length-fiction film, 80min
2016 Shooting Stars, directed by Ivan-Goran Vitez, full-length-fiction film, 80min
2014 World in Black&White, by Goran Kulenović, TV series 12 x 50min
2013 The Projections, directed by Zrinko Ogresta, full-length-fiction film, 80min
2013 Not All About the Money, directed by Dario Pleić, full-length fiction film, 90min
2013 The Priest’s Children, directed by Vinko Brešan, full-length fiction film, 92min
2012 Sonja and the Bull, directed by Vlatka Vorkapic, full-length fiction film, 106min
2010 Some Other Stories - View From The Well, directed by Ivona Juka, short fiction film, 25min 2007 Mrs. Before, directed by Miroslav Sikavica, short film, 15min
2007 Bad Blue Boys, directed by Branko Schmidt, documentary, 18min 2006 Facing the Day, directed by Ivona Juka, feature documentary, 72 min
MAIN FILMOGRAPHY & SELECTION IN MAIN FESTIVALS OF DIRECTOR
- "The Seasons" ("Godišnja doba") (2016.), puppet play
- “Shooting stars” ("Narodni heroj Ljiljan Vidić") (2016), feature film
- "How to Make a Jury" (Žir po žir") (2014.), 61st Pula Film Festival opening short film
- "Black Market Cabaret" ("Cabaret na crno") (2013.), theatre play
- "Frontpage Dolls" ("Lutke s naslovne strane") (2011.), pilot-episode of satirical late night talkshow
- "Soap Bubble" („Mjehur od sapunice“) (2011.), theatre play
- "Forest Creatures" („Šuma summarum“) (2010.), feature film
- "The Law" („Zakon!“) (2008.), TV comedy series
- "Thugs and Princesses ("Bitange i princeze") (2005/06.), sitcom
- "The Final Sacrament" ("Posljednja pričest") (2005.), short film
- "Small Hands" ("Male ruke") (2001.), documentary
- "Seals Are Getting Slaughtered" ("Pomor tuljana") (2000.), short film
MAIN FILMOGRAPHY & SELECTION IN MAIN FESTIVALS OF PRODUCER
THE CONSTITUTION (USTAV REPUBLIKE HRVATSKE), 2016, directed by Rajko Grlić (Croatia- Czech Republic-Macedonia-Slovenia)
Montreal World Film Festival 2016 – Grand Prize of the Americas (Best Film)
TRAIN DRIVER’S DIARY (DNEVNIK MAŠINOVOĐE), 2016, directed by Miloš Radović
(Producer: Zillion Film, Co-producer Interfilm)
Moscow International Film Festival 2016 – audience award
THE TRAMPOLINE (TRAMPOLIN), 2016, directed by Katarina Zrinka Matijević
Pula Film Festival 2016 – Golden Arena for Best Supporting Actress
ON THE OTHER SIDE (S ONE STRANE), 2016, dir. Zrinko Oresta (Croatia – Serbia)
Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale 2016 – special mention by Europa Cinemas Label jury
SHOOTING STARS (NARODNI HEROJ LJILJAN VIDIĆ), 2015, directed by Ivan-Goran Vitez
Pula Film Festival 2016 – Golden Arena for Make-up; Golden Arena for Best DOP
cca. 100 min
color / B&W
Zagreb and surroundings
finance in place
Croatian Audio Visual Centre
Inter film d.o.o.
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