Directed by: Josip Žuvan
Earning a buzzy spot in San Sebastián’s New Directors platform, the debut feature of writer-director Josip Žuvan sets a comic tale of childhood friendship and family feuding against a Christmas backdrop in coastal Croatia. Preteens Nikola and Antonio (Franko Floigl and Mauro Ercegović Gracin) are next-door neighbours and best friends. Bored and on winter holiday in their ho-hum provincial suburb, they aspire to internet fame by YouTubing destruction delivered by homemade pyrotechnics. The boys’ families, meanwhile, engage in their own form of fireworks: a fiery dispute over an innocuous water-drainage problem stands in for a deeper hurt dating back decades. Deftly combining coming-of-age tropes with ruminations on inherited conflict and Croatian society at the crossroads of modernity, Žuvan’s incisive film is the latest in a wave of acclaimed Croatian pictures earning festival attention in recent years.

[Žuvan’s] various insights into Croatian society, torn between traditions and modernity, are woven into the script masterfully … [Carbide] certainly simmers with tension”

Marko Stojiljković, Cineuropa

In Croatian with English subtitles
113 min
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Žuvan precisely captures how trivial things and everyday lies can, over time, turn into disagreements of enormous explosive power and, at the same time, delivers a stirring coming-of-age drama about a friendship that is put to the test.”

Jörg Taszman, FilmFestival Cottbus


  • Bulgarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards 2018
  • Golden Rose Festival of Bulgarian film: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Critics Gild Award and Audience Award
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