Production year: 1953
Duration: oko 92 minute
Technique: 35mm standard, black and white
A young boy, Ive, and his friends set sail on the sea in order to try and repay his father’s debts. They name their boat Sinji galeb. Soon, the pirate Lorenco and his gang notice the children on their boat…
Suad Rizvanbegović (Ive), Tihomir Polanec (Jure), Darko Slivnjak (kasnije Božidar Smiljanić) (Pero), Boris Ivančić (Frane), Radovan Vučković (Tomica), Anica Pozojević (Mila), Pavao Saćer (Ante), Antun Nalis (Lorenco), Mladen Šerment (Paško), Franjo Benković (Lopez), Josip Batistić (Lugan), Branko Kovačević (uncle Niko), Viktor Bek (lighthouse guard), Ðokica Milaković (Jure’s father), Marko Soljačić (Ive’s father), Silva Fulgozi (Frane and Tomica’s mother), Ljubomir Didić (crazy Lorko), Nela Eržišnik (Jure’s mother), Slavko Zalar (financer), Miodrag Grbić (other financer), Josip Lulić (smuggler), Simo Dubajić (Ive as a grown up)
Country of production:
Federative National republic of Yugoslavia (National Republic of Croatia)
Josip Barković, Branko Bauer (based on Tone Seliškar’s novel Bratovščina Sinjeg galeba/Družba Sinjeg galeba)
In his debut film, Sinji galeb, Branko Bauer strongly announced his talent. A certain amount of ‘grittiness’ at the basic level of craft (which was completely understandable in that pioneer age of Croatian and Yugoslavian feature film) is compensated for by an imaginative story, colorful characters and an expressive visual style. With this debut film and his next project, Milioni na otoku, Bauer demonstrated a high level of competency in the genre of films for children and youths. He returned to this genre, although in a slightly different form, in the final phase of his opus with films Zimovanje u Jakobsfeldu and Salaš u Malom Ritu (especially in the famous TV series Salaš u Malom Ritu), as well as in his last film Boško Buha. In 1954, Sinji galeb was shown at festivals of films for children in Mar del Plata and Venice.
Screening permit: From May 21, 1953
Export: Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Socialist Republic of Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Italy, Great Britain.
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