Zvonimir Berković

21.03.1928, Beograd (SiCg) - 09.06.2009, Zagreb

 

Director

Zvonimir Berković was born on March 21, 1928, in Belgrade. He is
a director and scriptwriter. He studied violin at the conservatory and direction at the Theatrical Academy in Zagreb. He worked in puppet theatre and wrote musical and theatre criticism. He began working on film in 1954. As the first dramaturge in Jadran film, he soon began writing screenplays. For the screenplay of the film H-8 (1958, directed by Nikola Tanhofer), which he wrote with Tomislav Butorac, he won the Golden Arena and the award of the
public Deer at the festival in Pula. The first film he directed was the documentary My Flat (1962), which won awards at festivals in Belgrade and Cannes. In 1966 he made his debut as feature film director with Rondo. The film was awarded in Pula with six awards, and with another for screenplay at the festival in Atlanta (USA). The second film, A Trip to the Place of the Accident, was shot at the beginning of 1970s. His third film, Premeditated Love Letters (1985), is one of the most important films of the
1980s, while Countess Dora (1993) is certainly one of the most valuable works of Croatian cinema of the 1990s. For a number of years, Berković worked as professor of film script and dramaturgy at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. For the past decade, he has commented extensively on the social state of affairs and regularly contributed his texts to several newspapers and magazines.

Filmography

Countess Dora (Kontesa Dora, 1993)
Premeditated Love Letters (Ljubavna pisma s predumišljajem, 1985)
A Trip to the Place of the Accident (Putovanje na mjesto nesreće, 1971)
Rondo (1966)
Balada o pijetlu (documentary) (1964)
My Flat (Moj stan, documentary, 1962)

Short films by Zvonimir Berković
Short films by Zvonimir Berković - II
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Films by this director

Countess Dora

(1993)

Directed by: Zvonimir Berković
PHOTOGRAPHY: Goran Trbuljak
Synopsis:

This is a film about the life of the first Croatian female composer, Dora Pejačević. The setting is the crazy twenties in Zagreb. On a rainy night, Karlo Armano, a cabaret artist and film amateur, meets Dora, an unknown provincial girl, and spends with her a night filled with magic. The next day, the girl is gone. Soon, he discovers that Cinderella is actually a princess – countess Pejačević... Film won four Golden Arenas at the festival in Pula. In the book '101 years of film in Croat...

color, 117 min

Roundabout

(1966)

Directed by: Zvonimir Berković
PHOTOGRAPHY: Tomislav Pinter
Synopsis:

Every Sunday, lonely bachelor and refined judge Mladen goes to play chess with his friend, sculptor Feđi. Slowly, he engages in a love affair with Neda, Feđa's wife, and almost invisibly, a love triangle forms. Chess board is the central part of the film, as moves on the board reflect emotions of the characters... Zvonimir Berković's debut film, the first and the only Croatian chamber film, the classic of Croatian cinema, whose film structure was built on the principle of the musical form rondo....

b/w, 95'

A Trip to the Place of the Accident

(1971)

Directed by: Zvonimir Berković
PHOTOGRAPHY: Aleksandar Petković
Synopsis:

Psychological drama from contemporary life about a woman whom an accidental witness of a car accident informs that her husband was killed, but also convinces her that he had fell in love with her "even before the first glance"...

color, 94 min

Premeditated Love Letters

(Croatia, 1985)

Directed by: Zvonimir Berković
PHOTOGRAPHY: Goran Trbuljak
Synopsis:

Musicologist and professor Kosor wakes up in a hospital. He has survived a serious car accident. In a bed next to his lies the amiable economist Gajski, whose wife Melita regularly visits him. This unusually beautiful woman is the first person that Kosor sees after he gains consciousness and is completely enchanted by her. Kosor becomes obsessed by Melita’s physical beauty and her trustworthy character and begins a risky game of writing and sending her anonymous love letters…

color, 35 mm, 95 min

Moj stan

(1962)

Directed by: Zvonimir Berković
PHOTOGRAPHY: Hrvoje Šarić
Synopsis:

Početkom 1960-ih četveročlana obitelj živi u jednoj sobi kolektivnog stana u starinskoj zgradi. Nakon toga dobiju stan u novogradnji, no on nije ništa manje skučen. Produkcija: Zagreb film

b/w, 12'42''

Dubrovačke ljetne igre

(Yugoslavia, Zagreb film, 1969)

Directed by: Zvonimir Berković
PHOTOGRAPHY: Nikola Tanhofer
Synopsis:

Zvonimir Berković odlučio je obaviti zadatak filmskog predstavljanja Dubrovačkih ljetnih igara na vrlo maštovit način. Postavio je scene iz najpopularnijih predstava Igara na razne dubrovačke lokacije, pa tako Pero Kvrgić glumi Negromantov monolog iz Dunda Maroja ulazeći u interakciju s prodavačicama na dubrovačkoj tržnici, a u snovitoj atmosferi Lokruma šumske vile izvode scenu iz Držićeve Grižule. Berković duhovito spaja starinski svijet teatra i moderni svijet Dubrovnika, pa tak...

color, digital restauracija, 12'

More, grebeni, pisma

(Yugoslavia, Filmoteka 16, 1987)

Directed by: Zvonimir Berković
PHOTOGRAPHY: Enes Midžić
Synopsis:

Intelektualno i osjetilno spajaju se u ovom prekrasnom esejističkom prikazu opusa dubrovačkog slikara Ive Vojvodića. Kroz prikaz tri česta motiva Vojvodićeva slikarstva - more, grebene i pisma – Berković se dotiče emigrantske sudbine Vojvodićeve obitelji u čežnji za domom i dubrovačkog ideala slobode. U glazbenoj podlozi filma izmjenjuju se lirski i dramatični motivi klasične glazbe. Berković je ideju za ovaj dokumentarac dobio nakon što je za najavnu špicu svojeg igranog fil...

color, filmska vrpca, 9'
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