Krešo Golik

20.05.1922, Fužine - 20.09.1996, Zagreb

 

Director
In his teenage years, Krešo Golik started to work on film as an amateur in the community Romanija (together with Nikola Tanhofer, Ivan Hetrich and brothers Neugebauer), and made his debut as a professional director with the notable short documentary Jedan brod je zaplovio (Another Ship Sets Sail Again, 1948). Two years later, he made his first feature film, a melodrama about soccer with elements of comedy, Plavi 9. Afterwards, he made his films Djevojka i hrast (The Girl and the Oak, 1955), Kala (1958), Imam dvije mame i dva tate (I Have Two Mothers and Two Fathers, 1968), Tko pjeva zlo ne misli (He Who Sings Means No Harm, 1970), Živjeti od ljubavi (To Live on Love, 1973), Razmeđa (1973), Ljubica (Violet, 1978), Vila Orhideja (1988), and the legendary TV series Gruntovčani (1975) based on Mladen Kerstner’s screenplay, as well as Dirigenti i mužikaši (1991). From 1979 until his retirement in 1989, he taught film direction at the Academy for Drama Arts in Zagreb.

Filmography

- Vila Orhideja (1988)
- Ljubica (Violet, 1978)
- Pucanj (1977)
- Razmeđa (1973)
- Živjeti od ljubavi (To Live on Love, 1972)
- Tko pjeva zlo ne misli (He Who Sings Means No Harm, 1970)
- Imam dvije mame i dva tate (I Have Two Mothers and Two Fathers, 1968)
- Djevojka i hrast (The Girl and the Oak, 1955)
- Plavi 9 (1950)

Documentaries by Krešo Golik

Educational films:
Prva sječa: tehnička zaštita u šumi (1953)
Spriječi nesreću u tekstilnoj industriji (1953)


Films by this director

Djevojka i hrast

(Jadran film, 1955)

Directed by: Krešo Golik
PHOTOGRAPHY: Frano Vodopivec
Synopsis:

Dalmatian inland. Josip is a mean man driven by his passion for Smilja, whom his father adopted when she was a small girl. Smilja prefers the sensitive young Ivan who is in love with her and that drives Josip crazy from jealousy. Therefore, he decides to kill the innocent young man… 

b/w, 82 min

I Have Two Mothers and Two Fathers

(1968)

Directed by: Krešo Golik
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ivica Rajković
Synopsis:

This is a humorous melodrama about children and their divorced parents; we follow the story of two families who, according to their burgois beliefs, think that they have solved their problems by marrying for a second time.

color, 90'

Plavi devet

(Yugoslavia, 1950)

Directed by: Krešo Golik
PHOTOGRAPHY: Nikola Tanhofer, Slavko Zalar
Synopsis:

Fabris is a soccer team’s center-forward in a harbor town. He is a selfish individualist convinced of his irreplaceability on the team. In addition, he is a ladies man and tries to seduce the young Nena, a diligent member of the working collective and a successful swimmer. Nena is close to the devoted worker Zdravko, who happens to be a talented soccer player and a center-forward himself…  Production: Jadran film

b/w, digital restauracija, 93'

He Who Sings Means No Harm

(Croatia, 1970)

Directed by: Krešo Golik
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ivica Rajković
Synopsis:

The story takes place in Zagreb at the beginning 1930s. Young and attractive Mrs. Ana Šafranek starts to feel unhappy in her marriage to an older husband, Franjo. During their trip to Samobor, the charming Mr Fulir conquers Ana’s heart and, soon after their return to Zagreb, he visits her at home. Ana’s sister Mina, an old spinster, also likes Mr. Fulir and Franjo gets the idea to marry Mina to Mr. Fulir. Ana and Franjo’s small son Perica witnesses all of these adventures.

color, 95'

Pucanj

(1977)

Directed by: Krešo Golik
PHOTOGRAPHY: Drago Novak
Synopsis:

Two best friends, Serbian Petar and Croatian Tomo, go hunting together. Tomo accidentally fires his gun and shoots Petar. While Petar lies in a hospital, the rumor that Tomo tried to kill his friend spreads around the village. Meanwhile Tomo is questioned in prison.

color, 91 min

From 3 to 22

(1966)

Directed by: Krešo Golik
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ivica Rajković
Synopsis:

Documentary film about the life of a textile worker in "Pobjeda" factory. Smilja Glavaš from Dubrava, is a twenty-one-year old mother of a small child. Each working day she gets up at 3 am and goes to bed at 10 pm, after a day of hard work.

b/w, 14'10''

Kala

(Viba film, Ljubljana, 1958)

Directed by: Krešo Golik
PHOTOGRAPHY: Janez Kališnik
Synopsis:

Before WW II, a German shepherd Kala belongs to the young Andrej and bravely fights off the wolves which attack the village. Yugoslav army surrenders and Germans occupy the country. Andrej's father who puts up a fight to the oppressors gets killed and Andrej and other villagers are taken to a camp. Kala is taken by a German officer who trains her to become a ruthless killer, but instead she escapes and returns to her village. There she finds a burnt house and no people...

b/w, 35mm standard, 81 min

Ljubica

(Croatia film, 1978)

Directed by: Krešo Golik
PHOTOGRAPHY: Živko Zalar
Synopsis:

Ljubica is a middle-aged woman who lives in Zagreb and works as an audio pedagogue with deaf-mute children. She herself has a small child, while her husband Drago, with whom she hardly communicates, works in Germany. Coincidentally, she starts an affair with Zlatko, a much younger man from a well-off family. Although Zlatko is not much concerned about bourgeois views of his parents and is quite fond of Ljubica, it seems that their relationship has no future... 

color, 35mm widescreen, 91 min

Motel mjesečina

(Radiotelevizija Zagreb, 1976)

Directed by: Krešo Golik
Synopsis:

A middle aged married couple return from a shopping trip in Trieste. On the way they stop in a motel with a romantic name Moonlight and decide to spend the night. This is when their problems start…  Under the skillful guidance of the director Krešo Golik, Boris Buzančić and Đurđa Ivezić portray the married couple with much irony and laid-back play. 

color, digital, 61 min

Živjeti od ljubavi

(Croatia film, 1973)

Directed by: Krešo Golik
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ivica Rajković
Synopsis:

Young married couple of students Davor and Minja encounter problems when Davor loses his financial aid and cannot continue studying. In order to enable Davor to continue his studies, Minja drops out of the university and gets a job as a teacher in an elementary school in the village Crna Lokva. There she lives with Ana, who lives alone with her children while her husband has been working in Germany for the last three years. Minja likes living there but in school she has problems with her colleag...

color, 35mm widescreen, 101 min

Razmeđa

(Radiotelevizija Zagreb, 1973)

Directed by: Krešo Golik
PHOTOGRAPHY: Dragutin Novak
Synopsis:

Farmer Pajo is a hardcore individualist with very little faith in his fellow men. He is disappointed and enraged with his son Toma’s decision to move to the city and abandon the farm, and thus completely neglects everything: he sleeps in a stable, does not wash himself or change his clothes. Above all, he is hostile towards Manda, a woman that came to live with him and take care of him… 

b/w, 35mm, 93 min

Gruntovčani

(RTV Zagreb, 1975)

Directed by: Krešo Golik
PHOTOGRAPHY: Dragutin Novak
Synopsis:

In order to indicate the unbreakable bond between the history of Croatian cinema and television, especially in the so-called golden age of the TV Zagreb in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, we include the first part of the TV series Gruntovčani by the director Krešo Golik and screenwriter Mladen Kerstner in this retrospective. Golik’s magnum opus is along with Naše malo misto one of the most popular Croatian series and common cultural heritage. 

color, 55 min

Overview no. 5

(Jadran film, 1948)

Directed by: Krešo Golik
PHOTOGRAPHY: Viktor Farago, Valentin Šerak, Jure Ruljančić
Synopsis:

Film journal Overview consists of these reportages: Congress of the Veterans of the NR Croatia, Croatia Salutes Marshall Tito, At Construction Sites of Cooperatives Homes and Builder of the Pioneer City in Zagreb.

b/w, digital, 17 min

Overview no. 3: One more ship sails away

(Jadran film, 1948)

Directed by: Krešo Golik
PHOTOGRAPHY: Krešo Grčević
Synopsis:

This issue of the Overview is entirely devoted to the retrieval of the motor ship Ramb from the sea, which sank in 1944 in Rijeka’s harbor. It was also shown as a documentary under the title One More Ship Sails Away and it was Golik’s first author piece. He used the same theme of retrieving a sunk boat in his first feature film Plavi 9 (1950).

b/w, digital, 8 min

Na novom putu

(Jadran film, 1948)

Directed by: Krešo Golik
PHOTOGRAPHY: Viktor Farago
Synopsis:

This documentary describes the development of agricultural cooperatives in Slavonia and Baranja. After the arrival of colonists to the plains of Slavonia, working cooperatives are formed and people start to work in them. Agricultural equipment is modernized, work is better organized and outbuildings and silos are built. The film ends with the scene showing the annual meeting of the agricultural cooperative in Sesvetski Kraljevec. Other cooperatives are shown or mentioned in the same documentary....

b/w, 35 mm, 22 min

Prva sječa: tehnička zaštita u šumi

(Jadran film, 1953)

Directed by: Krešo Golik
PHOTOGRAPHY: Frano Vodopivec
Synopsis:

The documentary describes the wok of woodcutters, with the focus on their hygienic and technical safety. This is one of the two commercial films made for the Inspection of Work of NR of Croatia with the focus on work safety. The other film was about safety of work in the textile industry.

b/w, digital, 20 min

Koliko to vrijedi

(Zagreb film, 1969)

Directed by: Krešo Golik
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ivica Rajković
Synopsis:

Documentary about the tedious and destitute life of a conductor of a tram in Zagreb.   

b/w, 35 mm, 13 min

Šest koraka... (do svjetskog rekorda)

(Zagreb film, 1967)

Directed by: Krešo Golik
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ivica Rajković
Synopsis:

This documentary tells the story about the athlete Vera Nikolić, Europan champion at 800 m, who trains hard in order to break the world. She is missing just a little bit… 

b/w, 9 min

Sprečavanje i suzbijanje zaraznih bolesti

(Filmoteka 16, 1979)

Directed by: Krešo Golik
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ilija Vukas
Synopsis:

This is a commercial and educational element film about the protection from infectious diseases. It fits right in with Golik’s constant thematic obsession with relationships between partners.   

color, silent, 4 min

Koreografija za kameru i plesače

(1968)

Directed by: Krešo Golik
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ivica Rajković
Synopsis:

Apstraktni, plesni film u režiji Kreše Golika prema koreografiji Vere Maletić. Riječ je o prvom eksperimentalnom plesnom filmu u Hrvatskoj koji naslovom odaje počast pionirki eksperimentalnog i plesnog filma Mayi Deren, tj. njezinu ostvarenju A Study in Choreography for Camera iz 1945. Tema filma inspirana je skladbom Ive Maleca "Minijature za Lewisa Carolla", a ples izvode članovi Studija za suvremeni ples koji, u crnim trikoima u bijelom okruženju, kao da plutaju u prostoru o...

b/w, 10'42''
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