Silvije Petranovic Bartch

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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.

1967  Walks every day from his village across the railroad  

          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 

           Petranovic.

           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 

           childhood.

           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:   

          BARTCH.

          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  

           play  "Protest".

            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 

           Jiri Sotola.

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 

          War documentaries.

          ("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 

           Middle East.

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 

          Festivals)

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 

          FILM FESTIVAL. 

         ( 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 

           film. 

           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 

           EASTSILVER 2007.

           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 

            EASTSILVER 2009.

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,

           France.

  

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