Production year: 1998
Duration: 106 minuta
At the beginning of 1990s, two Croatian emigrants, economically minded Cinco and politically minded Marinko, arrive in Croatia from Germany, homesick for their families and hometowns. In order to get a German pension, Cinco pretends to be dead and travels in a coffin. Soon, Marinko joins him because he is running away from an old agent of the Yugoslav State Security Service. On their trip in a motor hearse, Cinco and Marinko face many adventures, which culminate when they are stopped at Serbian barricades close to their destination…
Ivo Gregurević (Cinco Kapulica), Ivica Vidović (Marinko), Mirjana Majurec (Cinco’s wife), Ksenija Pajić (Marinko’s ex wife), Boris Miholjević (doctor), Matija Prskalo, Dražen Kühn (Cinco’s son in law), Žarko Savić (officer of Yugoslav National Army, Marinko’s ex wife’s husband), Ivica Zadro, Ðuro Utješanović (Yugoslav State Security Service agent), etc.
Country of production:
Republic of Croatia
Mate Matišić, Krsto Papić (based on the theatre play Cinco i Marinko by Mate Matišić)
Kad mrtvi zapjevaju is the first comedy by the director Krsto Papić. It is an action comedy of character and mystery with elements of black humor, absurdity and slapstick, along with a dash of political backdrop. Papić did not manage this complex combination as deftly as he might have. Additionally, he burdened his film with an unnecessary excursion into tragedy, which was inspired by the successful Kako je počeo rat na mom otoku svog by his directing assistant, Vinko Brešan. Nevertheless, Kad mrtvi zapjevaju was well received by the audience and the critics. At the Pula film festival it won the Golden Arena for the best director, music and sound (Mladen Pervan), as well as the audience’s award Zlatna vrata.
Other awards: Ft. Lauderdale 1999 - Grand prix (together with the film Ništa o Robertu)
American festival of Comedy 2000 - Jury’s award for a film discovery
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