Mate Matišić[pronunciation?] (born 17 January 1965) is a Croatian playwright, screenwriter, composer and musician. His plays have been staged in Croatian theaters as well as internationally, and some of them have been adapted into feature films. As a composer, he is best known for his film and theatrical music. He has won five Golden Arena awards at the Pula Film Festival.
|Education||B.A. in law|
|Alma mater||University of Zagreb|
|Known for||Plays, screenplays, film and theater music|
Matišić was born in Ričice, near Imotski. At the age of six, he moved to Zagreb, where he finished elementary and high school. Matišić graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, but he never practiced law.
Between 1996 and 1998, Matišić worked as a dramaturge in Jadran Film. Since 1998, he works at the Croatian Radio. He is also a docent at the Academy of Dramatic Art, University of Zagreb, where he is head of the Department of Dramaturgy. He is married and a father of three.
Matišić began to write in his senior year in high school. He wrote his first play, Namigni mu, Bruno!, in 1985; it premiered in the Croatian National Theatre in Split in 1987 as Bljesak zlatnog zuba. Upon seeing the play, film director Krsto Papić asked Matišić to help him with the screenplay for My Uncle's Legacy (1988). This was Matišić's first screenwriting credit, and the beginning of collaboration with Krsto Papić, with whom he worked on three more feature films.
Matišić's plays have been described as "shocking". His most controversial play, Angels of Babel (Anđeli Babilona, 1996), staged in Gavella Drama Theatre, features a rural politician that has a sexual intercourse with a sheep, which some interpreted as an allusion to the President of Croatia and some other high-ranked Croatian politicians. From comedies that marked his early career, Matišić moved towards dark humor and more sombre subjects, with death as one of his major themes. Matišić's plays have been staged in Croatia (Split, Rijeka, Varaždin and Zagreb), Macedonia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Hungary and Russia.
His more recent theatrical work, Posthumous Trilogy (Posmrtna trilogija, 2006) is a collection of three plays: Sons Die First (Sinovi umiru prvi), No One's Son (Ničiji sin) and The Woman Without a Body (Žena bez tijela). Although these three plays share some common motifs such as fatherhood, belonging and family, and all three end in suicide of the protagonist, Matišić described them respectively as a tragicomedy, a drama, and a dark-humored psychological thriller. No One's Son and The Woman Without a Body have been adapted into feature films, No One's Son and Will Not End Here, both released in 2008.
As of 2013[update], Matišić composed film music for all five Vinko Brešan's feature films, winning Golden Arena for Best Film Music for two of them: Marshal Tito's Spirit in 2000 and Witnesses in 2003. He won his third Golden Arena for Best Film Music for No One's Son in 2008. Apart from film scores, he composed music for theater and television.
Matišić is a multi-instrumental musician and a member of Hot Club Zagreb, a gypsy jazz band with international experience. His long-standing interest is music of Django Reinhardt, which has been the subject of his research for more than two decades.
Feature film screenplays (author or co-author):
Feature film scores:
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- "Mate Matišić, docent". adu.unizg.hr (in Croatian). Academy of Dramatic Art, University of Zagreb. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
- "Mate Matišić INFO". jutarnji.hr (in Croatian). 8 January 2006. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
- "Odsjeci i katedre". adu.unizg.hr (in Croatian). Academy of Dramatic Art, University of Zagreb. 15 March 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
- "Mate Matišić". gavella.hr (in Croatian). Gavella Drama Theatre. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- Vidačković, Zlatko (10 May 2007). "Do kraja mogućnosti". Vijenac (in Croatian). Matica hrvatska (344). ISSN 1330-2787. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
- Ožegović, Nina (24 July 2006). "Šokantni politički teatar Mate Matišića" [Shocking political theatre of Mate Matišić]. Nacional (in Croatian). No. 558. Archived from the original on 17 February 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
- "Mate Matišić: POSMRTNA TRILOGIJA, 2006". hciti.hr (in Croatian). Croatian ITI Centre. 14 June 2010. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
- Pavičić, Jurica (13 November 2006). "Mate Matišić: Opsluživanje mrtvih važan je posao živih" [Mate Matišić: Serving the dead is an important duty for the living]. jutarnji.hr (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
- "Awards of the 63rd Pula Film Festival". Pula Film Festival. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
- "Awards of the 66th Pula Film Festival". Pula Film Festival. 20 July 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
- Simon, Alissa (22 July 2013). "Film Review: 'The Priest's Children'". Variety. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
- Gruić, Iva (13 December 2009). "Kombinacija komičnosti i crnila koja oduzima dah". jutarnji.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 3 January 2019.
- "Fine mrtve djevojke". gavella.hr (in Croatian). Gavella Drama Theatre. Archived from the original on 6 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
- Pavičić, Jurica (24 July 2012). "Film 'Pismo ćaći' velika je senzacija Pule" [A Letter to My Father is a big sensation in Pula]. jutarnji.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 9 March 2017.
- "On the Other Side". havc.hr. Croatian Audiovisual Centre. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
- "Halima's Path". havc.hr. Croatian Audiovisual Centre. Archived from the original on 26 December 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
- Mate Matišić at IMDb
- Hrvoj, Davor (1 July 1999). "Prepuštanje jazz travestijama". Vijenac (in Croatian). Matica hrvatska (139). ISSN 1330-2787. Archived from the original on 27 June 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
- "Matišić: Teatar nije samo pučka zabava". Zadarski list (in Croatian). 29 July 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2012.