A film by Dejan Aćimović The King

The King

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The King

A feature documentary about one of the greatest sportsmen ever. Darko Kralj (the King) is the only sportsman in the history of sports who has beaten a world record in his category five times in a row at one world championship! A Croatian paralympic, seriously wounded in 1991 during the war in Croatia, Darko Kralj almost died. Doctors didn't expect him to survive.

Today, he lives with a wife and three sons, the eldest one being the one Darko is the most attached to. A similar destiny brought them together; the kid has lost his biological father in the war. Tereza, his wife, has her own life story. Towards the end of this unusual life story, we shall get a clearer understanding of where Darko's strength and incredible love for life comes from...

Main information

Director & Producer: Dejan Aćimović
Executive producer: Tatjana Aćimović
Director of photography: Dario Hacek
Music: Livio Morosin
Editing: Vladimir Gojun
Sound: Marko Grgić
Music editing: Suzana Perić
Production: DA film
Co-production: Croatian National Television

Technical details

Length: 75 min
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Sound: Dolby SRD
Production format: HD
Screening format: Betacam Digital PAL

Supported by

City of Zagreb
Croatian Audiovisual Centre
Ministry of Health and Social Care
BLITZ CineStar
Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Croatian Olimpic Committee
Croatian Chamber of Commerce
City of Grubisno Polje


DA film d.o.o.
Boškovićeva 16
10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Tel/fax +38514816610



Dejan Aćimović is a member of the European Film Academy. Born in 1963, in Čapljina,
Bosnia and Herzegovina. Graduated acting at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb.

URL: www.dejanacimovic.com





Played in 40 films and TV dramas and 30 theatre performances...

Key members

Tatjana Aćimović, executive producer

Born in 1966, in Capljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Studied French and English language and literature at Zagreb University, graduated Performing Arts at University of Paris (Paris III, Nouvelle Sorbonne). Worked in a number of theatre and film productions, is a media specialist and teaches film production at the University of Zagreb. She is the Artistic Director of Children Rights Festival. So far she has contributed to the following productions: as a scriptwriter to I HAVE TO SLEEP, MY ANGEL, directed by Dejan Acimovic, 2008 EFA Selection: as, producer to IS IT CLEAR, MY FRIEND; GO FOR IT! and THE KING directed by Dejan Acimovic; as production manager to GRBAVICA by Jasmila Zbanic, Golden Bear, BERLINALE 2003; to HORSEMAN by Branko Ivanda, to KISS OF LIFE by Emily Young etc. Two projects she has written the screenplays for are in development stage (BEWARE OF THE HAND OF SENJ; ANKA BRAZILIJANKA)

Dario Hacek, director of photography

Born in 1983, Zagreb, Croatia. Graduated cinematography at the Academy of Drama Arts, Zagreb, and photography at the School of Applied Fine Arts and Design Zagreb. He has worked as a cinematographer for the making of TV commercials such as Cedevita, Pan pivo, Max TV; and as an event photographer and cinematographer for clients such as: T-mobile, RTL Televizija, Dom Perignon, Erste bank, Zagrebačka banka, Ina, Daily Fresh, Cinestar kina, L'orel, Mediko. Most important films: THE KING and GO FOR IT! by Dejan Acimovic, HALF AN HOUR FOR GRANDMA by Jure Pavlović.

Vladimir Gojun, editor

Born in 1979 in Dubrovnik, Vladimir Gojun is not only an editor, but also a director of documentaries. Vladimir's director's debut was recognized and awarded as the best first film at the Croatian National Film Festival (Dani hrvatskog filma). So far he edited few internationally acclaimed features such as: BUICK RIVIERA (Propeler Film, dir. Goran Rušinović, 2008, Grand Prix at Sarajevo Film Festival in 2008); IZA STAKLA (BEHIND THE GLASS, Interfilm, dir. Zrinko Ogresta, 2008, nominated for Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary film festival 2008). He edited documentaries: CASH & MARRY (Nukleus Film, dir. Atanas Georgiev, 2009, Winner Regards Neufs at Visions du Réel NYON 2009), KRALJ (THE KING, DA Film, dir. Dejan Aćimović, 2011) ; short film ŽUTI MJESEC (YELLOW MOON, Propeler Film, dir. Zvonimir Jurić, 2010, shorts competition at BERLINALE 2010). He directed three documentaries, among them: CIKLUSI (CYCLES, Nukleus Film, 2010; Best Debutant Award at the 19th Days of Croatian Film and GRAND PRIX at the Mediterranean Film Festival in Široki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina).


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