Rajko Grlić

02.09.1947, Zagreb

 

Director
He took a degree in film directing from FAMU in Prague. Critics usually highlight his film Samo jednom se ljubi (1981), a love story set in the time after WW II about a young Communist and a ballerina from a bourgeois family. He achieved his biggest international success with the idyllic and anxious story from WW II Đavolji raj (1989). The film won the Grand Prix and an award for the best director at the festival in Tokyo. He collaborated with Serbian filmmaker Srđan Karanović, who was another member of the Prague school, as a screenwriter on two Grlić’s and three Karanović’s films, as well as Karanović’s cult TV series Grlom u jagode. With Igor Mirković he made the feature documentary Novo, novo vrijeme (2001), depicting the political atmosphere around elections in 2000. He is one of the founders of film school in Grožnjan, called Imaginary Academy, art director of Motovun Film Festival, and the professor at University of Ohio.

Films by this director

Bravo Maestro

(1978)

Directed by: Rajko Grlić
PHOTOGRAPHY: Živko Zalar
Synopsis:

In the 1960, Vitomir Bezjak graduated from the Music Academy in Zagreb as an honor student. Now, he is looking for a job, living like a bohemian and working on his musical pieces. While his work receives a great deal of praise, no one wants to hire him. Moreover, his girlfriend leaves him and, disappointed, he accepts the job of a piano teacher. He soon falls in love with a rich widow whose son he teaches. The boy’s grandfather throws a big wedding party for the new couple and introduces Vitomir...

color, 99 min

You Love Only Once

(1981)

Directed by: Rajko Grlić
PHOTOGRAPHY: Tomislav Pinter
Synopsis:

After the regime’s directive, young partisan Tomo and ballet dancer Beba move to a small town near Zagreb. He gets a managerial position and she has the task of “cultural renewal”. The two of them meet and fall in love. However, their parents and Tomo’s party comrades are opposed to their marriage.

35 mm, color, 100 min

That Summer of White Roses

(1989.)

Directed by: Rajko Grlić
PHOTOGRAPHY: Tomislav Pinter
Synopsis:

Prijazni i dobroćudni Andrija priprosti je spasilac u uspavanom riječnom ljetovalištu na području bivše Jugoslavije, tijekom posljednjeg ljeta njemačke okupacije. Dani mu prolaze monotono, sve dok sklonište u njegovu skromnu domu ne potraži mlada udovica Ana sa sinčićem Dannyjem. Njih dvoje progone Nijemci pa se Andrija, na nagovor svog prijatelja Martina, pristane vjenčati s Anom kako bi zaštitio nju i Dannyja...

35mm, color, 99 min

Kud puklo da puklo

(1974.)

Directed by: Rajko Grlić
PHOTOGRAPHY: Živko Zalar
Synopsis:

Nekonvencionalni mladić radničke provenijencije, zvan Budilica, iz protesta što ne može dobiti pristojno plaćen posao odluči odustati od ikakva zaposlenja te predstaviti javnosti, pomoću filmskih kamera, svoj svakodnevni život, u čemu mu se pridružuje i djevojka Jagoda...

color, 35 mm, 89 min

Čaruga

(1991)

Directed by: Rajko Grlić
PHOTOGRAPHY: Slobodan Trninić
Synopsis:

Godine 1918, nakon povratka s ruske fronte u Slavoniju, Jovo Stanisavljević Čaruga zajedno s drugim povratnikom Malim pridružuje se hajdučkom vođi Boži Crvenom, koji se nadahnut Oktobarskom revolucijom želi boriti za pravednije društveno uređenje. Nakon Božine pogibije u sukobu sa žandarima, Čaruga postaje vođa skupine koja se pretvara u zločinačku bandu, ne prezajući ni od čega da se dokopa plijena. Uskoro se obogati i promijeni identitet, izdaje se za uspješna trgovca i sprijatel...

color, 105'
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