“In fact, one sheep got lost, so we had a ‘real life experience’. Dara told us it wasn’t the first time this had happened, and that there actually were many wolves in the area. At that moment we came up with the key association – the lost sheep as a treasure lost! It was fascinating to see how Dara knew the name of every single sheep. At the same time, her concern and commitment for finding lost sheep was amazing. Dara and her husband Rade are the last authentic local people living in Medvida, and we wanted to show their way of life to the world.”, said the director.
Produced in 2005, the documentary has been shown at over twenty international film festivals. At the Eco Etno Festival 2007 in Romania, it won the Gold Medal. Branko Ištvancic who graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb in 1999, received a number of Croatian and international awards for his work. Among them are The Grand Prix of the Croatian Short and Documentary Film Festivals, "Oktavijan" and "Zlatna Uljanica".
Ištvancic is grateful for the awards, but he is not too optimistic about the opportunities for producing documentaries in his country: “Acknowledgements and awards are important to me. It is complicated to make a good film here in Croatia. Unfortunately, none of the awards have done much to improve my situation as a film director. In Croatia, people like to watch documentaries, but they are not easily available to the audience. The Croatian film industry should focus more intensely on these issues.”