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Vem är Zdenko Buzek?
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Magnus Bärtås

Who is Zdenko Buzek is a portrait of an artist who lives and works in Zagreb. Mr. Buzek is played by himself, following a script by the filmmaker. The voice-over, read by a young girl, contrasts naive statements about Mr. Buzek’s life with his activities on screen. The film borrows the visual language of informational films, while playing on the convention of memory flashbacks in feature films. The written text relays information without imposing a hierarchy on the different facts, the implied ‘big picture’ (the war between Serbia and Croatia) is interwoven with everyday statements about the main character and his friends.

Who is Zdenko Buzek is part of the short film project The Magnificent Six, produced by Filmform with support from Foundation Culture of the Future, Swedish Film Institute and SVT – Swedish Television Documentary, Short Film.

English title Who is Zdenko Buzek?
Keywords Documentary
Aspect ratio 1,33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format
Duration 00:08:00
Language English & Swedish
Color Color
Year 2003
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About the artist

Magnus Bärtås

Born 1962 in Jönköping, Sweden. Currently based in Stockholm, Sweden.

Magnus Bärtås is an artist and author. His installations and video essays are often investigating in the fields of marginal architecture, biography and storytelling. He is a professor of fine arts at Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm since 2008. His PhD in practice-based research was presented in 2010 (You Told Me – work stories and video essays). His video essay Madame & Little Boy won the grand prize at Oberhausen International Film Festival. He has published three books of essays together with Fredrik Ekman. Their latest book (Alla monster måste dö) was nominated to the Swedish national book prize (Augustpriset). He participated in ‘Reshapes’, the IASPIS contribution to The Venice Biennale in 2003, “Modernautställningen” at Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2006 and 2010 and the 9:th Gwangju Biennale 2012 among other exhibitions.

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