The Diary of Diana B
Firmly believing her own life is no more precious than the lives of the innocent people being persecuted, with the help of a few friends, Diana embarks on a perilous campaign of rescuing more than 10,000 children from the Ustasha camps in Nazi-occupied Croatia. Although at first working in her favour, in the midst of historical turmoil, Diana’s Austrian descent becomes a burden, which ultimately results in her story – one of the biggest humanitarian stories of World War II – being left untold.
Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia | 2019 | 88’
documentary fiction drama | WORLD PREMIERE
DIRECTOR Dana Budisavljević | SCREENPLAY Dana Budisavljević, Jelena Paljan | CINEMATOGRAPHY Jasenko Rasol | EDITOR Marko Ferković | PRODUCTION DESIGN Dušan Milavec, Ivo Hušnjak | COSTUME DESIGN Martina Franić | SOUND Jakov Munižaba | SCORE Alen Sinkauz, Nenad Sinkauz | MAKE UP Dušica Vuksanović | VISUAL EFFECTS iCode | SPECIAL EFFECTS Branko Repalust | LEAD ACTRESS Alma Prica | LEAD ACTOR Igor Samobor | SUPPORTING ACTRESSES Mirjana Karanović, Areta Ćurković, Biserka Ipša, Urša Raukar | SUPPORTING ACTORS Ermin Bravo, Krešimir Mikić, Vilim Matula, Livio Badurina, Jerko Marčić, Boris Ostan | PRODUCERS Miljenka Čogelja, Olinka Vištica | COMPANY HULAHOP d.o.o. | COPRODUCERS Vlado Bulajić, Lija Pogačnik, Snežana van Houwelingen | COPRODUCED BY DECEMBER (Slovenija), THIS AND THAT (Srbija), DECEMBER (Slovenia), THIS AND THAT (Serbia) | DISTRIBUTION Hulahop
Dana Budisavljević (Zagreb, 1975) graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb, Department of Film and TV Editing. She has worked as editor, production assistant, and organiser of film festivals. Her directorial debut was the documentary Straight A’s (Factum, 2004), and she has gained popularity with a family film on coming out Family Meals (2012). She has worked as a producer on Slumbering Concrete by Saša Ban, films I Like That Super Most the Best by Eva Kraljević, Then I See Tanja by Juraj Larotić, and others. The Diary of Diana B. is her first feature film.