Production year: 1982
Duration: 138 minuta
Before the beginning of WW II, a young journalist from Zagreb, Melkior Tresić, is the lover of a married woman, Enka. Although he is Enka’s lover, he is in love with the beautiful Viviana, who has already broken many men’s hearts. Melkior spends most of his time with his colleagues, an experienced journalist, Maestro, and a charming alcoholic named Ugo. To escape the draft, Melkior stops eating in order to become weak enough to be unfit the military. Unfortunately, he still ends up in uniform…
Frano Lasić (Melkior Tresić), Ljuba Tadić (Maestro), Rade Šerbedžija (Ugo), Mira Furlan (Enka), Maria Baxa (Vivijana), Mustafa Nadarević (don Fernando), Relja Bašić, Boris Dvornik (officer of Old Yugoslavia), Ivo Gregurević (recruit Krele), Dragan Milivojević (Fredi), Zvonimir Rogoz, Karlo Bulić, Zvonimir Črnko, Vera Zima, etc.
Country of production:
Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (Socialist Republic of Croatia)
Antun Vrdoljak (based on the novel with the same title by Ranko Marinković)
With this film, Antun Vrdoljak proved that he was capable of adapting Ranko Marinković’s classic modernist novel to the silver screen. It was his most ambitious project until then. Although it is often burdened by overly theatrical acting, this film captures one’s attention through the use of an easygoing directing style, the superb translation of literary discourse into film, the successful creation of a strong sense of atmosphere, and finally with outstanding acting performances. At the Pula film festival, Kiklop won the Golden Arena for Best Supporting Actress (Mira Furlan) and the audience’s award, Jelen.
Other awards: Vrnjačka Banja 1982 - Award for Screenplay Based On a Literary Work
Niš 1982 - Diploma to Rade Šerbedžija (together with his role in the film Variola Vera), diploma to Mustafa Nadarević (together with his role in the film Miris dunja), Award for Best Supporting Actor to Ivo Gregurević, Narodne novine newspaper’s award to Ljuba Tadić for the culture of speech
Screening permit: July 9, 1982
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