Vlado Bulajić, Lija Pogačnik, Zoran Mihailović

    14 .11 .2019

    A Q&A with co-producers Vlado Bulajić and Lija Pogačnik and postproduction supervisor Zoran Mihailović followed the screening of The Diary of Diana B. in Kinodvor Cinema on 14 November. There exists very little information about Diana Budisavljević, primarily because the diary, which inspired director Dana Budisavljević to make the film, was written rather sparely. The filmmakers contacted Diana’s granddaughter who lives in her grandmother’s Zagreb flat and therefore has access to the humanitarian worker’s legacy. They looked through the former Yugoslavia’s archives and eventually solicited the help of historians. The archives also revealed a footage of Diana, which brought the director great delight. The entire process of inquiry lasted ten years, from the time the director met the editor of Budisavljević’s diary at a commemoration in Jesenovac concentration camp until the film’s premiere at this summer’s Pula film festival. 

    The film crew interviewed eighty witnesses, which they then selected and classified as representatives of various concentration camps. The protagonist of the film, which Dana Budisavljević decided to shoot in black-and-white, and the director are only remotely related; the archival footage is original, and the auditioning ran a very spontaneous course. 

    Written by Nataša Šuštaršič

    Photo Iztok Dimc