The Lost Dream Team

by Jure Pavlović

Izgubljeno sanjsko moštvo, orig. Posljednja reprezentacija, 2022, documentary, co-production, digital DCP, 1,77:1 (16:9), c, 90 min

The Lost Dream Team is a story of the last Yugoslav basketball team and their quest for a gold medal in the face of political turmoil and the ensuing period of war. It is a psychological study of the players, the trials and tribulations of their comradeship, and their remarkable experience of being a part of a unique team in sports history, the only team that won a gold medal, stood on the podium and watched their flag being raised—all for the glory of a country that ceased to exist three days earlier.

Jure Pavlović
Jure Pavlović
Jure Pavlović
Chiara Galloni, Ivan Olgiati, Miha Černec, Biljana Tutorov
executive producer
Katarina Prpić
directors of photography
Dario Hacek, Filip Kos
music composer
Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari
film editor
Jan Klemsche
costume designer
Katarina Zaninović
key make-up artists
Marija Vrdoljak, Urška Bizjak
sound designer
Julij Zornik
Tramal Films, Wake Up Films, Articolture
Slovenian Film Centre, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Film Center Serbia, Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism - MiBACT, Re-Act, Creative Europe - MEDIA, Eurimages
Five Stars Film Distribution
Jure Pavlović

Jure Pavlović (1985, hr) is active both as a director and producer through the production company Sekvenca he has established. His short films were screened at more than 200 film festivals such as Berlinale and Clermont-Ferrand, winning more than 30 awards. His short film Picnic (2015) premiered in Berlinale’s Generation 14plus section and became the first Croatian film ever to win the prestigious European Film Academy Award (EFA). His first feature film Mother (2019) had a world premiere at Tallinn Black Nights FF and won the Best Regional Film Award at FEST Belgrade. Canadian outfit Syndicado Films handles the worldwide sales for the film and Damned Distribution is its distributor in France.

“The main theme of the movie is the six-day period of the European Championship in Rome, 1991. On the one side, we have a powerful sports story—the pursuit of a trophy to alleviate the national turmoil. On the other, we have some very humane, emotional stories and confessions—how do you keep on playing for the team that shares the name with your homeland's aggressor? To win? For whom? What happens when you realize that no one really gives a damn about that country?”