Am I Happy or What?
In the center of Zagreb is a small hotel where tradition and modern customs meet. At first, it appeared that we entered into a peaceful, and cozy hotel where one might remember the chambermaids faces. Nothing is what it seems. The current political and economic situation has not been kind to this place or its staff either. We enter areas people normally don't or are not allowed to see. While capturing real events as they unfold and their relationship with colleagues, our cameras were able to document the story created among the chambermaids performing their everyday business. We get to know how tradition has to change for the well being of the commercial establishment or simply - hotel.
Vanja Svilicic is independent filmmaker from Zagreb, Croatia. She began her career as author of Art Photography, exhibiting at the CVAC Art Fair International Art Festival in the United States. Upon returning to her homeland, she graduated at the University of Zagreb - Faculty of Textile Technology and Design, but started to work as a freelance cinematographer. As a DOP of short movies, produced by Motovun Film Festival V. Svilicic worked with prominent directors such as Vatroslav Mimica and Stephen Daldry. Her short documentary “On the square” was part of global project “Why democracy?” World premiere was at the Berlinale Film Festival, 2008. Film was produced by STEPS International and ZDF Arte in co-production with Mitropa.
2008 «See you in Sarajevo» 14 minutes /
2007 «On the square» 5 minutes / «Zagreb-Hollywood: the true story» 20 minutes /
2006 «Look at me» 29 minutes / «Sun Mei» 28 minutes /
2005 «Record» 40 minutes /
2004 «Silence» 20 minutes /