O jednoj mladosti (Once Upon a Youth). By Ivan Ramljak / 76 min / 2020 / Croatia

Genre: Documentary

Country: Croatia

Year: 2020

Director: Ivan Ramljak

Runtime: 78 min

Age restrictions: 12+

Production: Academy of Dramatic Art, Zagreb


13 years after the unexpected death of his one time best friend, filmmaker tries to reconstruct his life and their relationship, using just the photographs and video materials which his friend shot back then. A film about the lost generation of Croatian youth in the end of the 90’s, who are trying to find their identity in the aftermath of a devastating war.


  • Best Balkan Documentary, Dokufest International Documentary and Short

Film Festival, 2020

  • Grand Prix, Days of Croatian Film, 2020
  • Grand Prix, Poitiers Film Festival, 2020
  • OBC Transeuropa (Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa Award),

Trieste Film Festival, 2020

  • Special mention, Free Zone Film Festival, 2020
  • Oktavijan for Best Documentary Feature, Croatian Society of Film Critics

(HDFK), 2021


Ivan Ramljak (born 1974) is a film critic, director and independent curator. Since 2013 he is curating a short film program called Kratki utorak (Short Tuesday) at cinema Tuškanac in Zagreb, and since 2016 he is the artistic director of Tabor Film Festival. So far, he has directed nine shorts and one medium length film, four of those in collaboration with Marko Škobalj. His most successful film so far was the short documentary ‘Kino otok’ (‘Islands of Forgotten Cinemas’, 2016), which was screened on more than 40 international festivals, and won 6 awards, including the FIPRESCI prize for Best Eastern European dox at goEast FF in Wiesbaden. His first medium length documentary ‘Dom boraca’ (‘Home of the Resistance’) had a world premiere at Cinéma du Réel in 2018 and has been screened on dozen internationalfestivals since. ‘Once Upon a Youth’ is his first feature documentary.