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Lea and Daria

It’s inspiring true story about two thirteen-year-old girls who were, on the eve of World War II, great dancing and acting stars in Zagreb. Selling out theatre venues, they were praised in the most superb headlines by the Croatian and European press. They were filmed by Parisian Pathe and Berlin’s UFA…
During the Nazi persecution of Jews and the later German nationals’ flight from communists, a dramatic friendship was born through entertainment, dance, but also anxiety. This led towards an unexpected end.

  • Branko Ivanda
    The Horseman, Gravitation,...
  • Branko Ivanda
    The Horseman
  • Drago Kekanović
  • Lidija Ivanda
  • Zrinka Cvitesic
    Key Cast
    On the way, The Horseman, What is a man without moustaches
  • Klara Naka
    Key Cast
  • Tamy Zajec
    Key Cast
  • Linda Begonja
    Key Cast
  • Sebastian Cavazza
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Lea i Darija
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Period, drama
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 41 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 16, 2011
  • Production Budget:
    1,500,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    Croatian, French, German
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • New York JFF - Lincoln Center
    New York
    United States
    January 22, 2012
    North American Premiere
  • World Fest Houston
    United States
    June 1, 2012
    Best Feature, Best Art Director
  • Cine Jeune

    Coup de coeur
  • Pula Film Festival
    July 23, 2011
    National Premiere
    3 golden Arenas
  • Jewish Eye
    December 17, 2011
    Special Mention of Jury
  • Pyongyang IFF
    Korea, Democratic People's Republic of
    June 1, 2012
Distribution Information
  • Ruth Films
    Country: Israel
    Rights: Theatrical, Video / Disc
Director Biography - Branko Ivanda

Branko Ivanda has been directing feature and TV films, TV dramas, documentaries, theatre plays and writing scripts and essays for over thirty years. A number of his TV films were awarded on eminent international festivals (Mar del Plata, London, Los Angeles, New York, critics award FIPRESCI on the Berlin festival, Award at the Festival in Bergamo, multiple representative of HRT-a on PRIX ITALIA, several Golden Arenas for feature films, Best foreign film World Fest Houston, twice laureate of TV Festival in Portoroz, etc.) He has been teaching at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb since 1980 with a five-year break from 1985 to 1990; at that time he was teaching at University of California Los Angeles.

Objective: Director and screenwriter for Motion Picture and TV, born in
Feature films: The Court Martial
„A cousin to the bizarre doings in Polansky's Cul de Sac…a relentless skewering of collaborators, ending with the directors bravura finish.“
Kevin Thomas, LA TIMES
„La plus exceptionelle decouvrete. Tout le film se deroule dan sune fantastique atmosphere kafkienne.“
Andre Coranad, CINEMA
„L'opera e girata molto bene. Dietro alla compassione peri l proprio eroe, il registra tende a mostrarci la staticita di una condizione umana, come la filigrana nel lavor odi Olmi.“
Pietro Bianchi, IL GIORNO

Night after death
„Pick is based on a short story by K.S. Djalski in the imagination tradition of Edgar Allan Poe. Very successful and fascinating in thematic content.“

The Horseman
With gorgeous cinematography of the countryside, including fascinating architectural sites, the drama plays out in a Shakespearian manner until an inevitably tragic ending.
Political Film Society

Terrific, full-blooded epic!
American Cinemateque

Released in theaters and numerous film festivals – Grand prix in Houston

Television 17 feature TV films and plays, 100 TV documentaries, shorts, classical music concerts and opera performances, video music

Commercials More than 150 commercials
Awards Berlin (Fipresci), Bergamo, Pula, Portoroz Film Festival, Houston (Grand prix – foreign film)
Film festivals Berlin, Venice, Los Angeles, London, New York, Firenze, Bergamo, Mar del Plata, Festival of India (Goa, Bombay, New Delhi), Moscow
Screenwriting 5 feature films, 16 TV feature films, 2 stage plays


Before she died, she promissed him that she would be back…

„Pick is based on a short story by K.S. Djalski in the imagination
tradition of Edgar Allan Poe. Very successful and fascinating in
thematic content.“

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