Documentary short, 16', 2019
The plants are the only ones remaining in the vacant business building. In this large and once lavish space, the gardener still maintains the plants, which have become part of its architecture. She sifts through the ones in pots and prepares them for their relocation. The plants which used to reign over this imposing interior in the eighties now construct a new temporality in this building void of people. Apart from the gardener, a single fireman watches over the empty building, doing absurd rounds, and maintaining for no one. Plants such as Dracaena, Ficus, and Philodendron were integral parts of the socialist modernist architecture in the seventies and eighties. Today, they remain strong visual reminders of the socialist state. In Currents, the movement of plants, the only remaining residents of the building, may be read as a part of a wider context, the change of currents. One paradigm of understanding space is being replaced with another one, the concept of the welfare state, and its undertakings are treated with contempt. The absurd is a feature of this situation, in which that which was once of great importance becomes completely irrelevant.
director and scriptwriter: Katerina Duda producers: Vanja Jambrovic / Tibor Keser / Oliver Sertic co-producers: Ana Kovacic / Lea Vene cinematographers: Katerina Duda / Drazen Zerjav editor: Iva Ivan sound recordists: Filip Filipi / Filip Ledinscak / Matija Santro sound editor: Srdan Popovic re-recording mixers: Tihomir Vrbanec / Luka Gamulin animation: Katerina Duda colorist: Jurica Markovic production managers: Tibor Keser / Vanja Jambrovic graphic designer: Petra Milicki production: Restart / Restart Laboratory in collaboration with GMK
Festivals: Croatian Short Film – ‘Jeske’ Croatian Film Days 2019 Liburnia Film Festival 2019 25 FPS – International Experimental Film and Video Festival 2019 – Green DCP Award (Best Croatian Film) Olhares do Mediterrâneo | Women's Film Festival 2019, Lisabon BEAST International Film Festival 2019, Porto 67. Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, 2020 Machines of Deceleration, online program curated by Daniela Arriado & Vanina Saracino, KUNST TV, Art Republic, 2020