The Turcisce Carnival

Turčišće is a northern Croatian village famous for its traditional wooden carnival masks lafras. During the past 40 years the play was no longer performed in the village itself since the performers preferred to go to other places and visit other carnivals on that particular day. Nevertheless, in the February of 2004 the people of Turčišće were prepared to perform it for the crew and their cameras although it has not been performed in the village for years. But the creators of the show refused because they wanted to stay true to the documentary approach.
And that is how this film came about. It is really about the conflicts – within the village, between the two mask makers and their carnival groups, between the old customs and the modern way of life, between the locals and the film crew and finally, between the film itself and what nowadays passes for film documentaries, which is exactly what this film spoofs.