The American premiere of the movie ‘’The Eighth Commissioner", the Croatian nominee for the Oscar in the category of the best film in the foreign language, last night filled the legendary Hall of the Egyptian Theater at Hollywood Boulevard. Promotion of "The Eighth Commissioner" as well as Croatia as desirable tourist and interesting movie destination on the American market was held under the title "A Night of Croatian Film & Flavors". This is the first international cooperation of the Croatian Audiovisual Center (HAVC) and the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) in order to create the preconditions for the better placement of this and any future Croatian Oscar nomines and promotion of Croatia through the film industry.
The event started with a walk on the red carpet, with the movie crew: Ivan Salaj (director), Jozo Patljak (producer), Franko Maskovic, Borko Peric and Nadia Cvitanovic (actors), Slobodan Trninic (photography director), Antonio Patljak (master of visual effects), Zoran Rajic (scriptwriter) and Ivana Grubisic Perisic (director of the film), as well as numerous Croatian filmmakers living and working in America, such actor Goran Visnjic, actress Leona Paraminski, creative director of CBS Sports and winner of 36 awards Emmy Pete Radovich Jr., composer and winner of 7 awards Emmy Helmut Von Lichten, filmmaker Vanja Cernjul, producer and composer Bobby Bosko Grubic and producer director Alen Petkovic.
In the Egyptian Theater the movie "The Eighth Commissar" was also watched by LA Lakers player Ivica Zubac with girlfriend Kristin Prisc, singer Zeljko Bebek and wife Ruzica, actress and yoga instructor Jasmina Hadgha, photographer Jadran Lazic, but most importantly more than 50 voters of the American Academy of Film Arts and Science.
"A Night of Croatian Film & Flavors" was visited by twenty US media including USA Today, REGARD Magazine, LA Weekly, West Hollywood Lifestyle, Global Glam Luxury Magazine, LA Times, LaLaScoop,
The premiere screening of the film was attended by the director of the Croatian Tourist Board, Kristjan Stanicic, who addressed the guests before the projection. -This great response is a proof of the quality of Croatian film and Croatian artists, but also of the interest that Croatia has as a hit tourist destination on this big and strategically important market. We know that there is an increasing number of tourists that are visiting interesting Croatian movie sites that became attractive tourist destinations and we are confident that our country will continue to be interesting to Hollywood film productions - Stanicic said, expressing great gratitude to everyone on arrival, especially during the tough moments for all California residents.
After the projection, screenwriter Ivan Salaj and actors Frano Maskovic, Borko Peric and Nadia Cvitanovic in the casual conversation with the audience of the legendary Egyptian Theater discovered a few details of the film shooting, followed by a reception where the guests could enjoy the selected Croatian delicacies and wines.
- It was very interesting to watch and listen to audience impressions from the American perspective. I knew that all Europeans and the Mediterranean would react well to the movie, because they knew the mentality. However, the reactions of the American audience are brilliant, which proves that the most important thing in life is the emotion that is the same in all meridians and parallels - said main actor Frano Maškovic, who arrived in Los Angeles accompanied by his wife Inja.
Ivan Salaj did not hide his enthusiasm either. -The Egyptian Theater is a cult place and truly a top location, especially when you see that the hall before the projection is completely full. And the fact that among the audience there are about fifty members of the Academy greatly increases the likelihood of the film being perceived. This year, the rules changed, and the members of the commission were not required to look at more than 12 films, so theoretically it could happen that no-one sees a half of around 90 applied movies. If nothing else, this is a chance for the film to get an American distributor – Salaj explained.