|Silvije Petranovic Bartch|
|BARTCH - (real name SILVIJE PETRANOVIC) film director, film & TV producer, painter and world traveler... As painter, graphic artist and designer, Bartch combines in his work images from personal experience with formal symbolic and aesthetic elements.|
1959 BARTCH - real name: Silvije Petranovic. Born
July 1 in small town Nova Gradiska
, Croatia. Lives in village Prvca near town Nova Gradiska.
to the school more than 6 miles, for the next 12 years.
His grandfather Andrija, who was railroad employee, dies. These days of childhood
have permanently influenced his painting.
1977 Starts first paintings as 17th year old boy with support of his father Tomislav
Discover through Luis Bunuel's films Surrealism and surrealist painters like Rene
Magritte , Salvador Dali and Giorgio de Chirico.
Travels to Rome, visits Vatican Museums. Makes decision to become an Artist.
Decides to become film director, but also wants to paint.
1978 His grandmother Barbara, dies. She was very religious woman from her
Enters studies at Académie for Film and Television in Zagreb, Croatia,
as film director.
1981 In paintings begins to use the last name of his great - grandmother:
She was born on Czech-Polish border in small shtetl in Sudety region.
After fire in Safety Matches factory ( in Budweiser where -Pollakova sirkarna-
was destroyed on fire on 30th July 1863) their parents moved about 1880
to Prvca-Croatia. She was then 10 years old.
Using surname Bartch , Silvije Petranovic wants to make difference between father's
name and also to involve family stories, ancestors lifestyle and childhood memories
through his paintings in to real life......
Tries to find his autochthon style in painting based on his own experience, living in
small Eastern European village.
Parallel studies film art in Zagreb and also intensively paints. Travels every weekend
to family house in Prvca.
1982 Travels for the first time to Canada and USA.
Becomes video pioneer with multimedia project SEXA in SC Gallery - Zagreb.
1983 Paints his first important oil painting "Restaurant Golden Cock".
1984 In last year on Academie he realized schoolwork ,TV drama based on Vaclav Havel
Same year famous Czech writer Milan Kundera gives him copyrights for his novel
"Nobody will laugh" .
Silvije Petranovic makes screenplay and directed "Nobody will laugh" as his first
TV film .
Producer of film "Nobody will laugh" was Croatian Television (16 mm,75 minutes).
1985 Film "Nobody will laugh" was broadcasted on state TV stations.
"Nobody will laugh" was big film critic and public success.
With film "Nobody will laugh" he receives degree as Film and TV director on
Academie for Film and Television, gets State award for film and film was shown on
Munich Film Academies Festival.
Visits Venetian Bienalle, Praha and Munich. Meets in Prague famous Czech writer
1986 Meets Maydi Mervar , enters in Advertising business, experiments
with first Cable TV in Balkan region. Starts producing and directing short films like:
"Laudatores temporis acti" (16 mm,10 minutes) , documentaries and commercials.
Same year founds film production company MAYDI FILM.
1987 Travels to South Italy and Sicily. Married Maydi Mervar.
TV, video and film occupies him so much that he stopped painting in next 10 years .
1988 Founds first independent cable TV station in South-West Europe.
1991 Silvije Petranovic becomes prominent documentarian especially noted by his Croatian
("Exploits and Fates After Exploits and Fates") and he was also the producer of
documentary about the Dubrovnik naval blockade run. ("Dubrovnik Mon Amour")
1996 Visit New York City and "PICASSO And Portraiture" exhibition at MOMA.
1997 Travels to archeological locations and museums in Greek, Turkey and Middle East.
Travels to London (British Museum) and Berlin (Pergamon Museum).
1998 Travels to Paris (Louvre).
1999 Bartch first Exhibition in the prominent FORUM GALLERY in Zagreb-Croatia.
2000 He was selected on Croatian Film Fund of Ministry of Culture for
feature: "THE SOCIETY OF JESUS (THE JESUITS)" based on Jiri Sotola novel.
2001 He is the author of documentaries on various art topics. (about Jewish painters:
RAFAEL TALVI- THE ISLAND and his father THOMA - THE TORMENTS),
and also on archeology as a world traveler (LOST CITIES), the later is filmed in the
2002 Silvije Petranovic and Maydi Mervar are producers of the feature "Seraphim,The
Lighthouse Keepers Son"
Film enters at the official competition at : MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL.
(also Cairo, Istambul, Go East -Wiesbaden, Moscow-Faces of love, Brisbane Film
2003 Starts filming his feature debut "THE SOCIETY OF JESUS (THE JESUITS)" on
locations in Croatia.
2004 Completed feature "THE SOCIETY OF JESUS (THE JESUTIS)" as director and
producer, film is selected at official competition at: SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL
( also at: SARAJEVO, SAO PAULO, KOLKATA, CAIRO, PULA- Film Festivals)
2005 Travels to NAPA VALLEY and to MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL at
San Francisco where he was guest of California Film Institute..
2006 "THE SOCIETY OF JESUS (THE JESUTIS)" is broadcasted on national TV as
serial in 2 parts, as film it is broadcasted on FTV-Bosnia & Herzegovina.
2007 "THE SOCIETY OF JESUS (THE JESUITS)" is broadcasted on national TV as
Solo Exhibition at MUSEUM OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART,
( Mali Salon), Rijeka , Croatia.
Documentary "A PLACE TO LIVE" is selected at the Institute of Documentary Film
Silvije Petranovic's screenplay "ADVENTURES OF THE LITTLE SHOEMAKER"
is selected at THE BALKAN FUND - 48 THESSALONIKI INT. FILM FESTIVAL
2008 Solo Exhibition at MUSEUM MIMARA - Zagreb,Croatia.
"THE SOCIETY OF JESUS (THE JESUITS)" is shown at CROATIAN WEEK
(Settimana Croata) at BARI-ITALY.
2009 Documentary film "CRYPTOGRAM- THE BOOK OF TORMENTS" is shown at
Croatian-Israeli Society at Zagreb, and at the Institute of Documentary Film
2010 "THE SOCIETY OF JESUS (THE JESUTIS)" is repetead broadcasted on national
TV as serial in 2 parts.
Documentary film "ONE RABBI IN ZAGREB" is shown at Croatian-Israeli Society
at Zagreb, and at the Institute of Documentary Film EASTSILVER 2010.
Solo Exhibition "TABLEAU DE L'OUBLI", at Artspace: FLATEURVILLE, Paris,
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