Contributors' Details

vidan Aida Vidan (editor): PhD from Harvard where she currently teaches Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian and is a Research Fellow at the Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature. Her areas of interest include written and oral traditional literature from the South Slavic region, methodologies of teaching South Slavic languages, and film. She is author of Embroidered with Gold, Strung with Pearls: The Traditional Ballads of Bosnian Women and co-author of Beginner’s Croatian and Beginner’s Serbian. She is currently writing a book on the impact of the Balkans wars of the 1990s on literary and cinematic developments in the region. Some of her other projects concern Croatian Renaissance drama and the application of databases in researching oral poetry.
crnkovic Gordana P. Crnković (editor): Associate Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature and a member of Cinema Studies and Program for Theory and Criticism at the University of Washington, Seattle. She wrote Imagined Dialogues: East European Literature in Conversation with American and English Literature (Northwestern University Press, 2000), with Sabrina P. Ramet she co-edited Kazaaam! Splat! Ploof! American Influence on European Popular Culture, 1945 to Present (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003), and is author of over thirty book chapters and articles. Crnković also wrote and read texts for Zagreb Everywhere (2001), an experimental video made in collaboration with video artist Victor Ingrassia and musician David Hahn.
bahun Sanja Bahun: Assistant Professor at the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, University of Essex. Her area of expertise is international modernism, and her research interests include comparative literature and film, psychoanalysis, and women’s and gender studies. She has published articles and book chapters on a variety of related subjects, and she is author of Modernism and Melancholia: History as Mourning-Work (2011) and joint editor of The Avant-garde and the Margin: New Territories of Modernism (2006), Violence and Gender in the Globalized World: The Intimate and the Extimate (2008), From Word to Canvas: Appropriations of Myth in Women’s Aesthetic Production (2009), and Myth and Violence in the Contemporary Female Text: New Cassandras (2010).
dumancic Marko Dumančić: PhD (UNC-Chapel Hill), a visiting assistant professor of Russian and European history at Oberlin College. His special interests include media representations of gender and sexuality in Soviet and East European history. He is currently writing a monograph examining the changing portrayals of masculinity in Soviet film during the Khrushchev era and an essay on the cinematic representations of queer characters in post-Yugoslav film.
gilic Nikica Gilić: Assistant Professor and Chair of Film Studies at the Department of Comparative Literature, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. He also teaches at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb and is editor-in-chief of Croatian Film Chronicle (Hrvatski filmski ljetopis). With Bruno Kragić he co-edited Filmski leksikon (2003) and is author of the following books on film: Uvod u teoriju filmske priče (2007), Filmske vrste i rodovi (2007), and most recently Uvod u povijest hrvatskog igranog filma (2010) for which he received the Vladimir Vuković award from the Croatian Association of Film Critics. He is adviser for documentary film at the Croatian Audio-Visual Center and member of Animafest’s council.
johnson Vida T. Johnson: PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, with a dissertation on Ivo Andrić. Professor of Russian language, literature, and culture at Tufts University (Boston) and specialist in Soviet and post-Soviet, especially Russian and Central Asian, cinema. Consulting co-editor for film for the Russian Review; with Graham Petrie she co-author of a book Andrei Tarkovsky, titled The Films of Andrei Tarkovsky: A Visual Fugue (1994), translated into Serbian as Filmovi Andreja Tarkovskog: Vizuelna fuga (2007). With Miroljub Vučković she was co-editor of dual-language (Serbian and English) Film Center Serbia publication: Introducing Youth: Self-Reflections on Serbian Cinema (2008).
jusic Hana Jušić: Graduate of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, and at present graduate student and instructor of film directing at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. She is currently also working as a junior researcher on the Croatian Glossary of Film Terms.

Mario Kozina: Finishing his M.A. in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. He is a regular contributor to Croatian radio and television, and has been publishing reviews, essays and other film-related texts on several Internet sites as well as in the Croatian Film Chronicle (Hrvatski filmski ljetopis). He is also a regular collaborator with the 25 FPS, International Festival of Experimental Film and Video. In 2008 he was given the Diploma for Best New Critic by the Croatian Association of Film Critics.

kragic Bruno Kragić: Film critic and historian, and co-editor of Filmski leksikon (2003). Adjunct lecturer in film history and film aesthetics at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb and an executive at the Miroslav Krleža Institute for Lexicography.
kurelec Tomislav Kurelec: Former editor for film, theater, and literature of the Third Program (cultural program) of Radio Zagreb, from 1968 – l971 assistant professor of literary history at the Department of Comparative Literature of the School for Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, and from 1986 – 2007 principal editor of the Film Programming Division for Croatian Radiotelevision. He directed short feature Blue World (Plavi svijet, 1969), dokumentaries And Everything is Fine (...i sve je dobro, 1969), Two Years Later (Dvije godine poslije , 1973), Move Freely (Krećite se sasvim slobodno, 1976), Long Live the Little Schools (Živile male skule II, 1989), the series Short Stories for a Good Night (Kratke priče za laku noć, 1978), and approximately one hundred documentary programs for Croatian Radiotelevision. He is author of Filmska kronika – Zapisi o hrvatskom filmu (2004) and numerous articles published in Kritika,Vjesnik, Prolog, Film, Studio, Vijenac, Young Cinema & Theatre, BBC, Radio France International, Canal +, Sender Freies Berlin, Hrvatski filmski ljetopis,and Variety’s International Film Guide. A member of several film and theater boards, since 2007 also artistic director of Days of Croatian film (Dani hrvatskog filma).
loncar Karla Lončar: Freelance film critic. Holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Sociology. Contributor to the Croatian Film Chronicle and Third ProgramofCroatian Radio (film reviews and essays).
mattei Inna Mattei: Ph.D. in Slavic Cultural Studies from Harvard University and masters in international security from Harvard Kennedy School. Her research interests focus on culture and politics in totalitarian and post-totalitarian societies around the world. Her dissertation (2009) explored the link between politics and aesthetics in Ukraine and Russia during the first post-communist decade. She has worked domestically and internationally as a strategy consultant and researcher.
mihailovic Katarina Mihailović: Currently completing her Masters Thesis at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, on the politically and aesthetically radical films of Dušan Makavejev, Jean-Luc Godard, and Pier Paolo Pasolini, entitled The Post-1968 Political Modernisms of Godard, Makavejev and Pasolini. Her other research interests are Yugoslav Novi Film (New Film) movement, European post-WWII Modernist cinema, and the Avant-Garde.
milas Nataša Milas: Ph.D. candidate at Yale University in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Her interests include Yugoslav and Post-Yugoslav film and literature, translation, and Russian and European novel. She has translated works by writers such as Marin Držić, Miljenko Jergović, and Muharem Bazdulj. She is currently writing her dissertation on Danilo Kiš and Russian Literature, and preparing the Bosnian issue of KinoKultura.
mortimer Lorraine Mortimer: Honorary Associate in Cinema Studies at La Trobe University, Melbourne. She introduced and translated Edgar Morin's The Cinema, or The Imaginary Man: An Essay in Sociological Anthropology for the University of Minnesota Press (2005). She is author of Terror and Joy: The Films of Dušan Makavejev, also published by University of Minnesota Press (2009). She has recently written on Robert Gardner’s book about the making of his ethnographic film, Dead Birds (1963) for a forthcoming issue of The Australian Journal of Anthropology, and on Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s film, 4 (2005) for a forthcoming special issue on disgust for Film and Philosophy.
nenadic Diana Nenadić: Film critic and publicist whose numerous articles and essays have appeared in newspapers, specialized arts and culture magazines, radio and TV programs, film publications, and lexicons. She has worked as an editor at the Third Program of Radio Zagreb, served as principal editor of Croatian Film Chronicle (Hrvatski filmski ljetopis) from 1997 to 2004, and since 2000 as the editor of a DVD series published by Hrvatski filmski savez (Croatian Film Club’s Association). In 2008, she was appointed vice-president of the Croatian Association of Film Critics, and in 2008/2009, she started teaching film criticism as an adjunct lecturer at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb.
pavicic Jurica Pavičić: Film critic, screenwriter, and film scholar, who has published over 1700 journalist pieces on topics ranging from film, literature, language, to politics, and about twenty scholarly articles on Croatian film. He is a regular film critic and contributor to several Croatian daily newspapers. He teaches the history of cinema and the history of Croatian cinema at the University of Split. Since 2005 he has been a selector for the international film festival in Motovun and has served on several film juries, including the Berlin film festival in 2008. He has published six books of novels and short stories which have been translated into German, English, Italian, and Bulgarian. Vinko Brešan’s film Witnesses (Svjedoci, 2003) was based on Pavičić’s literary debut, a social thriller Ovce od gipsa (Alabaster Sheep, 1997) for which Pavičić co-authored the screenplay and received numerous awards.
picula Boško Picula: Graduate of School of Political Sciences in Zagreb where he studied political science and journalism and is currently writing his Ph.D. thesis on comparative politics. He has published film reviews and essays in Hollywood, Vijenac, Total Film, Globus, Croatian Film Chronicle (Hrvatski filmski ljetopis)and in web publication He is the screenwriter for the youth program, Kokice, at Croatian Radiotelevision where he also works as a film critic for the program Dobro jutro, Hrvatska as well as on the program Licem u lice for Croatian Radio. He is a member of several committees and film juries for various Croatian film festivals.
pozdorovkin Maxim Pozdorovkin: Writer and director based in Brooklyn, NY. His feature film Capital is a modern-day city symphony about the construction of Astana, Kazakhstan’s new capital city. Other recent projects include a documentary short and historical essay accompanying the Flicker-Alley DVD release of Miss Mend. He is currently completing production on a feature-length documentary/media archaeology database on the history of the AK-47 machine gun.
sakic Tomislav Šakić: Managing editor of the film quarterlyCroatian Film Chronicle (Hrvatski filmski ljetopis) and a board member of the Croatian Association of Film Critics. Currently completing his Ph.D. thesis in film studies and working at the Miroslav Krleža Institute for Lexicography as a member of the editorial board of the Film Encyclopaedic Dictionary. He also edits Ubiq, a literary journal for science fiction, and has co-edited a critical anthology of Croatian science fiction stories. In 2007 he was given an award by the SFERA national society for science fiction. He is also a member of FIPRESCI and FEDEORA.
simic Mima Simić: Gender, media and film theorist. Holds degrees in comparative literature and English language and literature from the University of Zagreb and an M.A. in gender studies from the Central European University. In 2008 she received the Vladimir Vuković Award for Best Croatian Film Critic for her essays on film which were later collected in Otporna na Hollywood: eseji iz dekonstrukcije tvornice snova (HFS, 2009). Her short stories have been included in numerous Croatian and international anthologies.
skrabalo Ivo Škrabalo: Holds degrees in theatre directing from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb and an M.A. in international law from the Law School of the University of Zagreb. He has been involved in Croatian film for some fifty years in various capacities ranging from support actor (as a student), to script editor, documentary director, distributor, director of the national Film Festival in Pula, president of the Croatian Association of Film Critics and lecturer of the history of Croatian film for ten years at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. He is author of the first book on the history of Croatian film Između publike i države (1984) which was harshly criticized by the Yugoslav Communist Party. He published also 101 godina filma u Hrvatskoj (1997), Dvanaest filmskih portreta (2006) and Hrvatska filmska povijest ukratko (2008). Before retirement he was a member of the Croatian Parliament.
taylor Petra Belković Taylor: Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. She also holds an M.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University and a M.Ed. in TESOL from Boston University. She is interested in multilingual writers and works on the 20th century American and Russian literatures, and South Slavic Oral Traditions. With her husband, James, she founded an annual international seminar on the themes of war and peace in literature and philosophy that takes place in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
zhang Zhen Zhang: Currently a graduate student at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, University of Washington. Educated in China as well as in Russia, Zhang got his Bachelor’s Degree at the School of Russian, Beijing Foreign Studies University, in 2009, and a Certificate at the Faculty of Journalism, Moscow State University in 2008. A Chinese native speaker and a near-native speaker of Russian, Zhang is currently studying Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and French languages. His research interests cover Russian and the Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian speaking countries’ literature and films, including writers Fyodor Dostoevsky and Vladimir Nabokov, the early Russian films directors, the cinematography of Andrei Tarkovsky and Wong Kar-wai, as well as the literature related to the cultural dynamics between East and West.


Updated: 15 Apr 11