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FAČUK (work in progress)

'Fačuk' is an original TETRABOT project: this short animation movie is a folk horror fairy tale inspired by the artwork of Mijo Kovačić, the most famous representative of so-called black stream of the Hlebine school of naïve art.

Animation of the painting 'Nevjesta dravskih ribara' (1982) by Mijo Kovačić, created for the Mijo Kovačić Gallery in Koprivnica Town Museum

The movie revolves around young Nadica. She is pregnant with fačuk (a bastard child) in a village where being a fatherless child is a mortal sin. Carpenter Jožina tries to save Nadica and her unborn fačuk.

Maida Srabović, the author of the concept and screenplay for ‘Fačuk’, grew up in Podravina, the cradle of Croatian naïve art. The idea for the story came from her personal experience: her family story, mixed with the elements of Podravina folklore. The vision of the movie came to Maida from her environment and the images of naïve art she was surrounded with.

A storyboard sketch

‘Fačuk’ is the first animated movie that is completely inspired by the visuals of Croatian naïve art, including the concept, story and characters. A contemporary “naïve artist”, painter Stipan Tadić, will design the original movie characters and backgrounds, thus complementing the adaptation of Mijo Kovačić’s art classics with his modern approach to naïve art.

Stipan Tadić artwork: upper left – 'The Courtyard' (2019), lower left – 'Kod bake za Sisvete' (2016), the middle – 'Nightmare in the Hospital' (2018), upper right – part of the painting 'Ljubav je negdje drugdje' (2017), lower right – 'Ovrha' (2017)

 

BASIC INFORMATION


Title: Fačuk
Duration: 12 minutes
Language: Croatian
Genre: Horror
Target audience: Adults
Format: 16:9
Animation: 2D Computer; Cut-out; Paint on glass
Sound: Dolby 5.1
Estimated budget: 125.000,00 EUR
Production start: September 2020
Completed film: April 2022

 

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Croatian Audiovisual Centre Script Development Grant 2015
and Animation Shorts Production Grant 2019

 

Foundation Mijo Kovačić granted the rights to use Mijo Kovačić
original artwork for the purposes of the movie production

 

 

THE PROJECT PARTICIPATED IN PITCHING FORUMS

ASIFA Pitching Forum, Zagreb, 2019.

 

AnimatekaPRO Pitch, Ljubljana, 2019.

 

PRODUCTION PHASE

'Fačuk' is in the pre-production phase. The screenplay is completed, the basic film cast and crew are set and the beginning of production is expected by the end of 2020. That is why the movie is in the process of budgeting at the moment: looking for sponsorships and applying to various film funds, grants and calls for financing. Vanja Andrijević from Bonobostudio offered to take over distribution once the movie is completed.

CO-PRODUCTION*

TETRABOT is open for co-production with other studios and producers of a similar profile (a small studio working on creative and art animation) but with at least one successful production behind them – a project similar to ‘Fačuk’ (a short art animation movie for adults).

 

CAST AND CREW

Screenwriter and director: Maida Srabović
Animator: Ivana Pipal
Original character and background designer: Stipan Tadić
Voice of Nadica: Mirela Videk
Voice of Jožina: Jan Kerekeš
Sound designer: Frano Homen
Title designer and VFX artist: Vedran Štefan
Producer: Janja Pilić
Production: TETRABOT
Distribution: Bonobostudio

 

LOOKING FOR CREW

- Restauration of Mijo Kovačić original artwork with characters and background preparation (*possibly co-production)
- Oil-on-glass animation: 1 minute sequence (*possibly a co-production)
- Original soundtrack composer: authentic music from Podravina performed on cimbaloms

 

CROATIAN MEDIA ABOUT 'FAČUK'

Jutarnji List: PREMA RADOVIMA MIJE KOVAČIĆA, DOAJENA NAIVE, NASTAJE ANIMIRANI FILM
Drava.info: Animiranom filmu ‘Fačuk’ koji je inspiriran slikama Mije Kovačića HAVC odobrio 275.000 kuna
Drava.info: MAIDA SRABOVIĆ, zDravina kolumnistica: Njena ljubav su filmovi, montaža, animacija i hrana bez kerefeka'
Culturenet: 'Hrvatski filmovi i projekti na 16. Animateci'
24 sata: 'Na festivalu filma u Ljubljani natječu se četiri hrvatska filma'
HAVC: 'Hrvatski filmovi i projekti na 16. Animateci'
Glas Istre: 'Hrvatski filmovi na festivalu animiranog filma Animateka u Ljubljani'
AM centar: 'Novi koncept Međunarodnog dana animacije 2019.'
Glas Podravine i Prigorja: 'Maida Srabović radi animirani film ispričan kroz slike Mije Kovačića'
Muzej grada Koprivnice: 'Otvorenje Galerije Mijo Kovačić'

Published: 28.03.2020.

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