What’s to be done?

Feature / 2022.

DirectorGoran Dević
ScreenplayGoran Dević
Photography directorDamian Nenadić
ProducerHrvoje Osvadić
ProductionPetnaesta umjetnost
SupportCroatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC)
DevelopmentCinelink Sarajevo film festival

Pula film festival 2022. Rough cut pitch – Best pitch award

Synopsis

Is it possible to be a worker and revolt against the capitalism? Is the outcome of every possible riot known in advance?

Željko is the head of the union at the Gredelj railway car factory. His deputy Mladen committed suicide after the large public protests and clashes within the union. Željko is torn between the guilt he feels because of Mladen’s death and the expectation of the workers to lead a strike that should thwart the government’s plans, ordered by the EU, to send the company to bankruptcy.

The story that this film deals with is a paradigmatic story of Croatia, but also of all other Eastern European transition countries. Workers who responded to the first ranks of national counter-revolutions, and who in most cases fought for those nations in the war, became losers of the transition with the return of peace time. Active in dismantling the old, the protagonists of this film did not manage to build a new society. This is a film about fighters and workers, dreamers and revolutionaries, union leaders and trustees in bankruptcy, a film about the unprotected right to work.

My personal motivation to follow the struggle of the Gredelj Railway Wagon Factory union for ten years with the camera lies in the fact that a world of work is disappearing in front of us.

Goran Dević

Year: 2022. / Format: DCP / Duration: 77′ / color / Orig. Title: Što da se radi?

About director:

Goran Dević

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.