International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam 2001
The title offers an interesting question for those who wish to ponder it (in
almost any country of the world). When President Franjo Tudjman, who had
become regarded by the Croatians as the "father of the people", died
unexpectedly at the end of 2000, film director Rajko Grliae and journalist Igor
Mirkoviae were busy making a visual record of the political stride taking place
during the elections. They filmed the entire proceedings of this election from
beginning to end and included the philosophies, policies, and activities of all
representatives, ranging from left wing to extreme right.
Who Wants To Be A President? (Novo Novo Vrijeme)
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Although the filmmakers have managed to capture a realistic portrait, both in
public as well as (to some degree) behind the scenes, of the various men
running for election*, the overall effect does not manage to avoid
remaining slightly confusing to any viewer unfamiliar with either Croatia's
politics or the values represented by each of the various nominees represented.
As the film concludes, one is offered a summary statement for the various
characters and told what happened to each one post-election. It might have
been helpful to offer an encapsulated commentary at the onset of the film as
well in order to clarify each one's role to those unfamiliar with these faces.
*The shorter, more concise version of the film will
be screened at the IDFA 2001.
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