The Diary of Diana B.

  • Dana Budisavljević
  • Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia
  • 2019
  • 88'
  • Dnevnik Diane Budisavljević

This astounding feature debut of director Dana Budisavljević arrives at ZFF after receiving standing ovations at the Pula Film Festival Arena. Deeply troubled by the persecution of mothers and children in Nazi-occupied Croatia, Austrian housewife Diana Budisavljević embarks on a perilous campaign, rescuing more than 10 000 children from ill-famed Ustasha camps. Initially working in her favour, Diana’s Austrian descent later becomes a burden, and the eventual reason why one of the greatest humanitarian stories of WWII was left untold. The film won a series of awards at Pula, including the ones for Best Film, Best Director and the Audience Award.

Subtitles: HR, EN

Dana Budisavljević

Made her directorial debut with the documentary Straight A’s (2004), achieving wider acclaim with a coming-out story, Family Meals (2012). Producer of the documentary series Slumbering Concrete, directed by S. Ban and films like I Like That Super Most the Best by E. Kraljević and J. Lerotić’s Then I See Tanja, etc. The Diary of Diana B. is her feature debut.

The Diary of Diana B.

Dana Budisavljević
Dana Budisavljević, Jelena Paljan
Alma Prica, Igor Samobor, Mirjana Karanović, Vilim Matula, Areta Ćurković, Ermin Bravo
Jasenko Rasol
Marko Ferković
Miljenka Čogelja, Olinka Vištica
Hulahop, December, This and That Productions
Festivals & Awards
Pula Film Festival 2019 – Grand Golden Arena for Best Film, Best Directing, Best Music (Alen Sinkauz, Nenad Sinkauz), Best Editing, Golden Gate of Pula, FEDEORA Award for Best Croatian Feature; Motovun Film Festival 2019; FilmFestival Cottbus 2019

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