Ana Kotzmuth By 

A PLACE WHERE THERE ARE NO PEOPLE


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Anđelo Jurkas has so many roles that it’s difficult to enumerate them all. He is a writer, a film and music critic, a director, a musician, an editor, a man, a friend… a true blue-eyed angel(o).

What I love about him the most is the fact that Anđelo is a romantic without equal, a poet whose lyrics send shivers to that small spot in the back of my neck – that nook where you feel greatest delight.

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I wanted this Anđelo to describe for me what Zagreb means to him, this place where he works, lives, creates beautiful lyrics.

“I am drawn to people, not places. Zagreb is not my home, just a temporary nest. Although, lately I have caught myself thinking that it becomes me”, he says. If he had to single out one thing about this city that makes him the happiest… it would be driving around in the night in silence, gazing at the city lights through the darkness, and dreaming.

“Lately I’ve been listening to Sonic Youth only. I love it here. I don’t feel the need to travel as much. I have Google 3D for that (laughs). Croatia is a normal metropolis, which I like, and Zagreb is a part of this ‘big city’.”

Where would you take me for an ideal date? – I ask.

“We would walk along the river bank all the way to the marshalling yard; we would go to a place where there were no people. I would show you all the things that Zagreb ‘is not’. When I’m surrounded by nature, I feel at home, and the city suburbs suit me the most because they represent the “rustic” part of us.”

Thank you, Anđelo. I’m holding you to your promise!

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“Because of You” (“Zbog tebe”) is a debut film of screenwriter and director Anđelo Jurkas, filmed as an adaptation of motives from the eponymous, yet unpublished book that will be printed and published on the local market in a single copy until the end of this year. The national cinema premiere and distribution in the country and the region is expected in the first quarter of 2016.

A KISSING SPOT

One day.

I will decide.

To take you by the hand.

And lead you to a kissing spot.

Draw a circle there.

Stand in its midst for it’s the centre of the world.

Drag you inside.

And never let you go until the end of days.

One day.

You will decide.

To take me by the hand.

And lead me to a kissing spot.

See a circle there.

Stand in its midst for it’s the centre of the world.

Drag me inside.

We’ll bring along a smile…

Photos: Facebook Anđelo Jurkas

Translation: Nevena Erak

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