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“The Stranger” in My Head

DirectorPetra Balekic
ProducerVinko Bresan, Aleksandar Batista Ilic – Zagreb film, ALU (Academy of Fine Arts)
CastJadranka Djokic (voice)
WriterPetra Balekic
AnimationPetra Balekic
EditorPetra Balekic
SoundVjeran Salamon
ScreeningFri 9 November | 15:30 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Sat 10 November | 11:45 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Length4 min

An interesting visual expression about the fragility of memory. This refined animation was selected for a number of international festivals, including the prestigious Annecy.


The film is the director’s attempt of reconstructing Albert Camus’ The Stranger, which she read 12 years ago. With time, the memory of the book has been reduced to fragments and atmosphere, which the director tries to provide with a context in an effort to evoke the original. ‘’It’s challenging to make a connection with the audience through something that is exclusively personal as my own memories. But in the same time it represents a universal phenomenon because everyone’s memories are unstable and time is transforming them into a certain atmosphere that contains no guarantee in details’’, underlines the talented Petra Balekic, who not only directed the film, but also wrote it, animated and edited it.

Director’s bio

Petra Balekic was born in Djakovo in 1989. She graduated from Graphic Arts Department in 2013 as well as from Animation and New Media Department in 2017, both at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. She is the member of HDLU Zagreb. She had four solo exhibitions and took part at three short film and animation festivals. She got two awards at the Encounters film festival in Bristol in 2016 (DepicT! competition). Her main focus of interests is creating animated movies.

Festivals & Awards (selection)

Animafest Zagreb, 2017 | Croatian Film Days, 2017 | FeKK Ljubljana Short FF, 2017 | European animated FF Balkanima, 2017 | International Animated FF Banja Luka, 2017 | Primanima, Hungary 2017 | Cinanima, Portugal 2017 | PÖFF Shorts, Tallinn 2017 | Revue of Croatian Filmmaking 2017 – Third Prize | Animateka, Ljubljana 2017 | Etiuda&Anima IFF, Krakow 2017 | London International Animation Festival, 2017 | Annecy International Animation FF, 2018 | Aubagne IFF, 2018 | Guanajuato IFF, Mexico 2018 | Turku Animated FF, 2018 | ReAnima International Animated FF, Bergen 2018