MINISTRY OF LOVE
|Title||Ministry of Love|
|Original title||Ministarstvo ljubavi|
|Year of production||2016|
|Creative Advisors||Eran Kolirin Neasa Hardiman|
|Head od Studies||Christian Routh|
|K Kieslowski ScripTeast Award/Special mention||–|
|Producers/co-producers/ funding /||8Heads Productions, Hrvatska Radiotelevizija (HRT), Telefilm
The film is supported by Eurimages, Czech State Cinema Fund, Croatian Audiovisual Fund
|Festivals/ awards/ cinema results||Montreal WFF, Chicago IFF, Kerala FF, Pula FF, TIFF Cluj, Minneapolis IFF, Avvantura FF, Worldfest Houston, Arras FF, Napoli FF, Bengaluru IFF, Palić FF, Jeonju IFF, Cinematik Pieštany, Plzen FF, Portorož FF, Alexandria FF Med.Countries, Nordelijk FF, Florence Balkan FF, Brač FF, Piran FF, Plzen FF, Tirana IFF, LETS CEE FF Vienna, IFF Innsbruck, Raindance FF, Mostar FF
Grand Prix Best Film – Alexandria FF for Meditteranean Countries, Platinum REMI Award – Worldfest Houston, Best Main Actor – Mostar FF, Best Supporting Actress – Mostar FF
|Synopsis||A razor sharp comedy all about relationships and red tape. Kreso is at a loose end. A fully qualified biologist, he’s about to hit middle age, disillusioned, out of work and stuck in a marriage that should probably never have started. At least his son still looks up to him. Meanwhile, the country’s cash-strapped government is busily looking for unique ways to save money, and now, over 20 years after the 1990’s war, sets its sights on the widows of fallen soldiers. Anyone unmarried but in a new relationship will no longer be allowed a military pension. Enforcing such an unpopular measure requires a new department: The Ministry of Love, whose purpose will be to gather information on any widows breaking the new law. With nothing to lose, Kreso agrees to be put forward by his pushy father in law. The only problem is, together with his eccentric partner, Sikic, he’s completely the wrong man for the job.|
|Link to the project – archive|
July 06, 2016
He was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1967, graduating Dramaturgy at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. His first dramatic works appear in the early nineties. His theatre plays, performed in Croatia and abroad, have garnered numerous awards (5 times «Marin Držić Award» winner). He has worked for the Drama Department of the Croatian Television from 1996 to 2005, supervising scriptwriting on some twenty long and medium-length features, and several miniseries.
In 2006 together with Dražen Žarković, he co-directed the film «Trešeta»/ (Tressette – a Story of an Island») which had international premiere at 55th International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg. Marinković was also the script writer. The film won 6 international and 2 domestic awards and has been screened on more then 30 international festivals.
In 2009 Marinković has written and directed a feature “Ljubavni život domobrana“ (“Love Life of a Gentle Coward“) as an independent project for the producer Alka film. This is the first feature he directed alone. It was premierly shown on Pula Film Festival where it won 3 Golden Arenas (Best main actress, Best editing, Best production design). It was also shown on lot of international festivals.
He recently finished a feature documentary “Occupation, the 27th Picture“ – the Czech-Croatian international coproduction. World Premiere was on International Film Festival Karlovy Vary in June 2013 and it was the opening film of Documentary Program on Sarajevo FF.
Pavo Marinković is currently living in Bucharest, Vienna and Zagreb.
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