Feature documentary / 2022.
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Aref worked as a driver in Syria, and his wife Sultan was a hairdresser. They were making enough money to be able to seriously dedicate themselves to what they love – music. Their five children inherited parents’ talents. But the war in Syria interrupted their lives. The film follows the last day this family spends in the refugee reception center in Croatia and the first day of moving in the new apartment they were given.
Year: 2022. / Format: DCP / Duration: 100′ / color / Orig. Title: Novi život
was born in Sisak, Croatia, in 1971. He studied law, archaeology and film art at Academy of Dramatic Art, University of Zagreb, Croatia. His filmography includes several documentaries and short films. Teaches documentary film at the Academy of Dramatic Arts. He is the author of award-winning documentary films: On The Water (2018), The Steel Mill Café (2017), 65+ (2016), Two Furnaces for Udarnik Josip Trojko (2012), Don Juan: Excuse Me, Miss (2010), The Flood (2010), Happy Land (2009), Three (2008), I Have Nothing Nice to Say to You (2005), Imported Crows (2004) and others. Film The Blacks (2009), which he codirected, was his feature film debut also woon grand prix Ljubljana Film Festival Slovenia 2009; grand prix Festival autorskog filma Serbia 2009; FIPRESCI award Cottbus Film Festival Germany 2009; special award for directing Cottbus Film Festival Germany 2009; Golden Arena for directing Pula Film Festival Croatia 2009;
Retrospectives of his documentaries were screened at Arsenal Berlin, Crossing Europe Filmfestival Linz.