7 December 1933|
Vučji Do, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
|Died||7 February 2013
Cause of death
|Awards||Berlin Golden Bear for Best Film
Nominated 1974 A Village Performance of Hamlet
Golden Arena for Best Director
1992 Story from Croatia
1998 When the Dead Start Singing
1982 The Redeemer
Papić was born in Vučji Do, near Nikšić in today's Montenegro. His early feature films and documentaries were part of Croatian and Yugoslav New Cinema, and often regarded as Croatian echo of the Black Wave artistic movement that mostly took place within Serbia. Additionally, Papić himself was connected to the Croatian Spring political movement during the early 1970s. He was the member of the Zagreb filmophile circle influenced by the French New Wave, so-called "Hitchcockians", along with film-makers and critics Ante Peterlić, Zoran Tadić, Branko Ivanda, Petar Krelja and centered on film critics Vladimir Vuković and Hrvoje Lisinski. Papić's two best-known early feature films, Lisice and Predstava Hamleta u Mrduši Donjoj, were often attacked from the government sources. Lisice did not get permission to represent Yugoslavia in the Cannes Film Festival, so it entered Quinzaine program in 1970. Izbavitelj was heavily criticised by Stipe Šuvar, who alluded that film's allegory about Fascism actually also refers to the Communism.
Papić's subsequent feature films were more classical in its narration, but again politically controversial in the last decade of Yugoslavia. Particularly My Uncle's Legacy, critical picture of Yugoslavia's political situation under titoism during Informbiro period, which won nomination for Golden Globe in 1989, has been surrounded by controversy and political attacks from traditional Party circles and especially Partisan Veterans' organisations, so the production was delayed for couple of years, but achieved due to support of intellectuals, newspapers and Party fractions in the time of disolvement and fight among Party fractions in last years of the Yugoslav federation.
Papić was awarded with Croatia's highest Vladimir Nazor Award for live achievement in cinema in 2006, and with Grand Prix Special des Amériques at the Montreal Film Festival in 2004.
- 1965 – The Key (Ključ) – An omnibus film with sections directed by Vanča Kljaković, Krsto Papić and Antun Vrdoljak; Papić's segment is titled Waiting (Čekati).
- 1967 – Illusion (Iluzija)
- 1969 – Handcuffs (Lisice) – entered Quinzaine
- 1973 – Acting Hamlet in the Village of Mrdusa Donja (Predstava Hamleta u selu Mrduša Donja – entered official selection of the Berlin Film Festival
- 1980 – The Secret of Nikola Tesla (Tajna Nikole Tesle) – in English language
- 1982 – The Rat Savior (Izbavitelj) – also known as "The Redeemer" - first prize at Fantasporto in 1982
- 1988 – My Uncle's Legacy (Život sa stricem) – nominated for the Golden Globe Award (Best Foreign Language Film)
- 1991 – Story from Croatia (Priča iz Hrvatske) – also known under distributor's title Idaho Potato
- 1999 – When the Dead Start Singing (Kad mrtvi zapjevaju)
- 2003 – Infection (Infekcija) – remake of The Redeemer
- Matić, Ružica (2013-02-07). "'Bio je uzor i učitelj, njegovo ime bilo je garancija kvalitete' - 24sata". 24sata.hr (in Croatian). 24sata (Croatia). Retrieved 12 February 2013.
- Krsto Papić Dead at 79
- Quoted in Predratna psihoza: slike 30-tih u Izbavitelju Krste Papića, an article by Nikica Gilić (in Croatian) "I would say that among creative forces in our /i.e. Yugoslav/ cinema we have two tendencies. One is oriented on apologetics and self-censorship; it is of course sterile.... Another orientation manifested in so-called Black Wave, indeed in showing how here we are on the dead end of world's events.... Sometimes that is reduced to a primitive pamphlet, like in films The Rat Saviour and Acting Hamlet in the Village of Mrdusa Donja, which are then regarded as works of art in our community."