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EINSTEIN'S GREATEST MISTAKE



Croatia, 2005, DIGTAL BETA - Color - 87

DIRECTED BY:
BRANKO KARABATIC

CAST:
MILIVOJ BEADER, BRUNA BEBIC TUDOR, MARIJA SKARICIC

SCREENPLAY:
BRANKO KARABATIC / IVAN VIDIC

PRODUCER:
JADRANKA SKARICIC / BRANKO KARABATIC

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Short synopsisNotion of space and time, real and imaginary, known and fictional, ordinary and unexpected is tackled through melodramatic narration.The feature film EINSTEIN'S GREATEST MISTAKE is, in fact, divided into three parts.In the first part Zdravko, a businessman, is neglecting on his business affairs, becoming increasingly troubled by his mental condition caused by the war events (PTSD). Psychosomatic ailments and auditory hallucinations lead Zdravko to difficult and detailed examination of his life. Inevitably, this also affects his family. Tanja, his wife, interprets this as a marital and relationship problem, trying to rationalise it in an almost scientific manner, with an overall feeling of resignation. Their daughter, Andreja, has just broken up a relationship and has discovered that she is pregnant. She now faces a very intimate, emotional and ethical dilemma, the outcome of which will shape her future. Eventually, Zdravko loses every touch with reality and disappears out of sight.In part two we follow Zdravko’s business partners, who are getting more impatient because of his unpaid debt. These circumstances present an immediate, possible physical threat to the family. Marko, the private investigator, is helping Andreja and Tanja to look for Zdravko, as they seek a way out, a chance to escape.The circle closes in. In the third part, Zdravko feels an urge to return to his origins, the roots of his destiny and his troubles. Mel, the family dog, intuitively influences the outcome of events that last much longer than just a couple of days shown in the film.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Branko Karabatic lives and works in Split, an ancient town located on the Adriatic coast of Croatia. He made more than twenty short, mostly experimental, films. EINSTEIN'S GREATEST MISTAKE is his first feature.

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