Judita Gamulin is a Croatian film and video directress obsessed with dysfunctional families and currently developing her first feature film. In her short films, she explores the institution of a family as a sociological phenomenon in which we, imposed by the traditional and capitalistic idea of a family, often are risking everything to fit a family we would rather run away from. She was amongst finalists of the Student Academy Award with her short film Flowers and a participant of Karlovy Vary Future Frames program. She also makes 1/4 of a Croatian mental health NGO called BoliMe, focused on prevention and wellbeing.
What was your latest book discovery? What are your favorite books of all time?
I think I will remember my twenties as an era of Karl Ove Knausgaard's seasonal quartet (‘Fall’, ‘Winter’, ‘Spring’, ‘Summer’). There is a brilliant note by some German reviewer on the cover of the book saying "It is clear now that Knausgaard really is a God. Describing the world, in his own way, he recreates it again." While living in my own world of aesthetics, I read it often in order not to forget what is really beautiful. His previous work My Struggle works for me as self-help for dealing with my creative anxiety and an endless source of inspiration. I know that middle-aged better than my best friends.
I'm also constantly coming back to The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present (by Douglas Coupland, Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Shumon Basar) - a sharp reminder about the era we live in, packed in a perfect format for millennials' short attention span. My ultimate favourite book is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez.
Most visited blogs, websites? :
First thing in the morning, to stay in touch with the world, I go to The New Yorker or The Guardian. Then, for inspiration, setting some high goals (and expectations), I go to Another, Dazed, and Nowness. After all of that, to remember how irrelevant my struggles actually are, I go to Nasa's Astronomy Picture of the Day. Before bed, I watch something at Mubi.
What apps do you use the most and why?
Instagram and Pinterest, because I spend a lot (most) of the time saving and sorting stuff I find online and creating mood boards for ongoing and future projects. Film log and watchlist I keep at IMDb's app. Sometimes I have this paranoid fear all of those albums would disappear causing a general collapse of my mind. Headspace, obviously.
Whats currently on your playlist?
Dead of Night by Orville Peck
Beautiful Strangers by Kevin Morby
I'm Stupid (But I Love You) by OKAY-KAYA
The Barrel by Aldous Harding
Territory (best music video of all times!) by The Blaze
Aonde voce vai by Antonio Adolfo
Ekki múkk by Sigur Rós
Una lacrima sul viso by Bobby Solo
Bella Ciao (Goodbye Beautiful) by Tom Waits and Marc Ribot
Wand'rin’ Star by Lee Marvin
What records would you recommend to hear?
Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave is everything.
Fresh movie finds? What films do you think everybody should watch?
I loved Chang-dong Lee's Burning, based on Haruki Murakami! But, the films that changed me are Ingmar Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage, Luc Besson's The Big Blue, Dogtooth by Yorgos Lanthimos, Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt and The Celebration, Ulrich Seidl's Paradise: Love, There Will Be Blood by Paul Thomas Anderson, Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida, Andrew Dominik's documentary about Nick Cave called One More Time with Feeling, Roy Andersson's A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, animated masterpiece Anomalisa, Andrey Zvyagintsev's Loveless, Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon and Ruben Östlund's films (Force Majeure, The Square and Involuntary). For me, Östlund's perspective on fragile masculinity is the next level of feminism. Because we need men giving other men permission to be vulnerable, to explore their sexuality, to do things today marked as feminine - and that will get us the men we can talk to, orgasms and free time.
Which artists working today do you admire most?
What are some of your tv top tips right now?
Who are you following?
@doingwell for healthy tips
@self.practice for introspection
@ocasio2018 for girl power
@nitch for clearing the mind
@tanyaposternak for colour palette
@criterioncollection for a watchlist
@bonapettitmag for lunch inspo
@paperjournalmag, @rentalphotography, @ignant, @differ.tv for visual inspo
What tools do you use in your work?
Light MacBook for scriptwriting at coffee shops. For everything else, I need my whole crew and trucks of equipment.
What magazines / newspapers do you read regularly?
The only print I buy is Badland magazine - that is a vision of the Balkans of the future I would like to strive for. Only when deprived of fabricated traditional and conventional values can Balkan begin to create its own authentic identity that reaches beyond our geopolitical borders.
What are your favorite gadgets?