11/16/2020 05:15 pm – Caligari FilmBühne
Croatia/Serbia/Poland 2019 118 min Croatian original version with German and English subtitles
by Vinko Brešan
Script: Mate Matišić, DoP: Branko Linta, Editor: Sandra Botica, Production: INTERFILM Production, Producer: Ivan Maloča, Cast: Krešimir Mikić, Lazar Ristovski, Nikša Butijer, Sebastian Cavazza, Daniel Olbrychski
Three Croatian public servants, three events. Stalked by suicidal ideation, a general struggles with his death wish. The interior minister locks himself inside a prison cell and refuses to come out. A gang of old men steal the coffin of the nation’s first president, Franjo Tuđman. The driving force behind these events are the aftereffects of the Yugoslav Civil War, for society as well as for the individual.
Vinko Brešan was born in 1964 in Zagreb/Croatia as the son of screenwriter Ivo Brešan. He debuted in 1996 with the feature-length comedy drama HOW THE WAR STARTED ON MY ISLAND. Four years later his comedy MARSHAL TITO’S SPIRIT received the Best Director Award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. In 2003, he made the film WITNESSES, based on a novel by Jurica Pavičić, which received several awards at the Berlinale’s 2004 edition. His film THE PRIEST’S CHILDREN was also nominated for the European Film Award in 2013 in the “Comedy of the Year” section. Brešan also works as a theatre director.
Filmography (selection): 1996 HOW THE WAR STARTED ON MY ISLAND, 1999 MARSHAL TITO’S SPIRIT, 2003 WITNESSES, 2013 THE PRIEST’S CHILDREN, 2019 WHAT A COUNTRY!