Bad Blue Boys
This is a film about the impossibility of Croatian war veterans to socialise into today Croatian society, due to the fact that in Croatia - a country in transition in which the unscrupulous capitalism rules, only a few understand their illness and their needs. The story is about a 35 year old man, married, with three children. He joined the Croatian Army at the very beginning of the war and was not discharged until the very end. He is now unemployed, lives in Zagreb with his family and is trying to live like other people, but….. This film is conceived as his intimate confession.
Branko Schmidt was born in 1957 in Osijek, Croatia. After studying Economics, he enrols the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, Film and TV Directing Department. In 1981 he directs his graduating film - TV play “Early Maturing of Marko Kovac”, which was noticed by both film critics and filmmakers. Next year he directs TV play “Hildegard” which was pronounced best TV play in ex-Yugoslavia.
In 1988 he directs his first full-length feature film “Hawk Did Not Love Him” based on the play By the same name written by Fabijan Sovagovic. For this film he received award as the Best Debutant at Pula Film Festival.
He directed many TV plays, documentaries, and TV series from children “Operation: Barbarossa” (1989) based on novel by renown Croatian writer Ivan Kusan.
In the 1990-ties he directs four feature films: “Djuka Begovic” (1991), “Vukovar is Going Home” (1994), “Christmass in Vienna” (1997) which was awarded for the Best Screenplay in Pula Film Festival; and “Heart is not Trendy” (1999)
His last feature film “Queen of the Night” (2001) received two Golden Arenas at Pula Film Festival: for the Best Screenplay and the Best Production.
He is currently preparing his new feature “Mad Dog” which is currently in pre-production.