Irena Škorić is a young film director and writer whose most recent film is based on Zagreb’s tram line no. 13, which follows an unlikely zigzag route through the city and for years has shared the fate of its citizens. The film was selected from among 65 international titles competing for the audience’s award at the ZagrebDox Film Festival. We asked Irena to share her thoughts with us about Zagreb…
ZIYP: What, in your opinion, are Zagreb’s pluses and minuses?
ZIYP: What about the Croatian film industry, what are its positive and negative sides?
IŠ: In Croatia the positive side is the talent and dedication of the film directors. The bad side is the tendency to suffocate talented people and celebrate mediocrity.
ZIYP: What is your favourite café in Zagreb, and which is your favourite part of town?
IŠ: I like Blato in Masarykova, and have fond memories of Bednjanska ulica from my childhood. I love to take a walk in Zrinjevac on Sundays when the city is quiet.
ZIYP: Do you have a favourite place for enjoying art?
IŠ: Every cinema or hall where my films are being screened!
ZIYP: What is the most bizarre experience you have ever had in a tram?
IŠ: Making my film in the old “Genscher”, with the tram in the main role. (“Genscher” is the nickname given to the trams which were donated to Zagreb in 1995 by the city of Mannheim, the home town of Hans Dietrich Genscher, former German Vice Chancellor).