Fishermen's Conversations

Fishermen’s Conversations is a study of a Mediterranean island, a young woman’s ode to her Grandfather and a portrait of a group of men struggling to maintain their fishing livelihood in a rapidly changing landscape.
Taking its title from the epic poem by the island's great poet, Petar Hektorović, the film uses minimal dialogue and narration in a partly fly-on-the-wall documentary that laments the depredations of tourism in Croatia and the greed that invites it. At the same time, the film celebrates the conservation of a way of life that helps preserve the identity of the island.
Through journeys with fishermen as they take to the seas to make their living, ‘Fishermen’s Conversations’ encourages the viewer to agree that not all is lost if we can only allow time to stand still once in a while.

  • Chiara Bove Makiedo
    I sette vizi della capitale
  • Enrico Tessarin
    The Habit of Beuaty , The Knot, Uspomene 677, My words and I
  • Mirko Pincelli
    The Habit of Beuaty ,Uspomene 677, My words and I
  • Mirko Pincelli
    The Habit of Beauty, Uspomene 677
  • Peter Michaels
    Music Composition
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 8 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 15, 2014
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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  • Language:
    Croatian, English, Italian
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  • Raindance Film Festival
    Raindance Film Festival, London, UK
    October 3, 2014
    Uk Premiere
  • Vukovar Film Festival
    Vukovar Film Festival, Croatia 2015
    August 25, 2015
    Croatian Premiere
  • Turtle Film Fest Holmavik
    August 10, 2015
    Iceland Premiere
  • Roma CinemaDoc
    Official Selection
  • Mediterranean Film Festival , Kino Mediteran
    October 9, 2015
  • VIII Naples Human Rights Film Festival
    Napels, Italy
    November 9, 2015
    Official Selection
  • Venice Film Week
    Venice, Itay
    September 1, 2016
    Official Selection
  • World Film Festival
    Tartu, estonia
    March 28, 2016
    Estonia Premiere
    Official Selection
  • European Bank of Development and Reconstruction & British Croatian Society
    January 28, 2016
    Private Screening
  • Etno Film Festival
    Rovinj, Istria
    April 27, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Lisbon International Film Festival
    March 25, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Rome
    November 17, 2016
    Official Selection
  • RIIF Rome International Film Festival
    November 17, 2016
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Chiara Bove Makiedo

Chiara Bove Makiedo is a filmmaker of Italian, Serbian and Croatian descent. She studied filmmaking at PCFE Film School in Prague and at LCC, University of the Arts, London, where she was awarded a BA in Film & Video. She has directed and co-produced various short films that were screened at the BFI, Southbank. Amongst these was the docufiction, ‘I Sette Vizi della Capitale’ , a collaboration between UAL and UK Film Council, featuring internationally renowned actress Milena Vukotic and up-and-coming talents Marco Iermanò and Giulia Michelini. Chiara was commissioned by award-winning senior producer, Emily Caston, to co-direct a five-minute behind-the--scenes documentary, (UAL/BFI): ‘The making of: ‘The Projectionist’, a film reconstructing the mysteries associated with Alfred Hitchcock’s missing film, ‘The Mountain Eagle’. Chiara has worked for several directors on independent feature- and short-film productions in Rome and London, including with the award-winning production company, Pinch Media. Forming a collaboration with Pinch Media in 2012, Chiara wrote, directed and co-produced her first feature-length documentary, ‘Fishermen’s Conversations’. The film was officially selected and premiered at the Raindance Film Festival in 2014 as well as reaching several others in 2015. Chiara is currently developing her next documentary feature film. ‘Il Coloraro’ (‘The Colourist’), a documentary portraying the journey of an artisan from the heart of Rome who, with his custom-made colours, supplied some of the most important artists of the past and present centuries. “Dali and his wife would always travel to Rome for that essence of Lavender I would purposely create for them.” She is also co-directing a documentary following the collaboration between the Indie/Rock band Franz Ferdinand and glam/rock duo ‘Sparks’, the film is currently in production.

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