A Celebration Croatian Film, Food and Wine – The Eighth Commissioner

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We enjoyed our invitation to the screening of the 8th Commissioner in Los Angeles on November 16th 2019! This event definitely made me nostalgic for my previous trips to Croatia, including visiting Osijek, Istria, and more!

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Guests and press were treated to traditional Croatian delicacies.

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Here are more details about the award winning film:


New York, NY – November 16, 2018 – The Croatian National Tourist Board and other notable co-sponsors celebrated Croatian film, food and wine last night at a special event held at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The red carpet event celebrated the US Premier of The Eighth Commissioner (Original Title: Osmi povjerenik), Croatia’s submission for a Best Foreign Film Oscar nomination for the 91st Academy Awards and was well-attended by people from the entertainment, television and sports industries, as well as travel & tourism experts and other notable influencers.

The reception, A Night of Croatian Film & Flavors, followed the official screening and featured Croatian foods, wines and entertainment.  Guests, which included well-known Croatian and Croatian-American actors from Los Angeles and New York were in attendance, such as Goran Visnjic (of NBC’s Timeless), Leona Paraminski, Miraj Grbić, Marija Omaljev and cinematographer Vanja Černjul (of Crazy Rich Asians) and other entertainment and sports industry notables such as Pete Radovich, Alen Petkovic, Emmy-award winning director/producer Bobby B. Grubic, and the LA Lakers center Ivica Zubac - just to name a few, dined on Croatian dishes from the collaboration of two Croatian celebrity chefs, Hrvoje Zirojevic of Laganini Lounge bar & Fish house on Hvar and Braco Sanjin of Perivoj Restaurant in Split.


This event was organized by AlkaFilm and presented with the generous support of the following organizations - Croatian National Tourist Board, American Cinematheque, HAVC / Croatian Audio-visual Center, Zagreb Tourist Board, Zagrebačka banka, the European Culture Club, Stina Vino, Grgich Hills Estate, and Grgić Vina.

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Croatia’s natural beauty and stunning architecture has long attracted television and filmmakers to its shores. Perhaps most notably was in 2011 when the HBO epic fantasy series Game of Thrones debuted and quickly became a blockbuster sensation and solidified Croatia on the radar for many fans and avid travellers seeking new adventures. It may be the medieval towns, architecture and natural beauty that has effortlessly serve as a natural backdrop for some of today’s blockbuster films, but it’s also the country’s magnificent 3,625 miles of coastline dotted by more one thousand islands with world-class beaches, delicious cuisine and wine, including some of the best olive oil in the world, history, culture and charming people that keeps the rest of us visiting time and time again. Whatever it may be, it is clear that Croatia has made and will continue to make its mark on not only the entertainment industry, securing its rightful place as a strong supporting role in numerous movies and television shows, but with travelers alike. 

We recommend visiting the delicious and beautiful region of Istria!

To date, Americans visiting Croatia continues to increase with 574,530 arrivals, or +23% and 1,581,236 overnights, or +18%, since January 2018. As the popularity of television shows and movies filmed on location in Croatia rise, these familiar sights seen in American living rooms will continue to inspire many to visit and experience it for themselves.

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