Production year: 1982
Duration: oko 95 minuta
Villager Marko wants to modernize the operation of his family’s estate. He plans to sell the horses and start raising pigs in co-op. But, when Marko sells the horses, his old father tries to commits suicide. Equally shocking is his son’s decision to marry the beautiful but poor deaf-mute girl, Tereza...
Fabijan Šovagović (Marko Mlinarić), Milan Štrljić (Filip Mlinarić), Ena Begović (Tereza), Zdenka Heršak (landlady Fanika Kovač), Milan Srdoč (Marko’s father), Minja Nikolić (Marko’s wife), Uglješa Kojadinović (Martin), Vera Zima (Jela), Ilija Ivezić (cooperation chief Karlo Mraz), Edo Peročević (vet), Slavica Jukić, Adem Ćejvan (Emil Kovač), Ðuro Utješanović, Zvonimir Ferenčić (godfather)
Country of production:
Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (Socialist Republic of Croatia)
The film gives a realistic depiction of contemporary life in a village and its conservative patriarchal mentality. It also criticizes the form of self-government in a Socialist regime. In contradistinction to Ivo Škrabalo’s negative critique in his history of Croatian cinema, this film offers a refreshing theme, competent style and solid actors. It is ranked with the most interesting of Croatian films from the 1980s.
Awards: Pula 1982 - Studio magazine’s Srebrni vijenac to the best debutant director, Kodak Pathe award to the cinematographer Ivica Rajković (also for the film Zločin u školi; together with Danijel Šukalo)
Niš 1982 - Car Konstantin - 1st award for the best male actor to Milan Štrljić, Dvoje magazine’s award to Milan Štrljić and Ena Begović for the most erotic couple on film
Salamanca 1983 - main award for the best director (together with Ko to tamo peva)
Screening permit: April 13, 1982
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