Production year: 1986
Duration: 121 minuta; 160 minuta (različiti izvori)
Technique: 35mm widescreen, color
Settlers from infertile parts of Yugoslavia, arrive to rich Slavonia and Baranja. There they are faced with the decree of the Communist government by which they will be left without the land that they received in the process of collectivization just a year ago. The peasants fiercely resist the government’s decision. Miliša Matić is a peasant who fights against the establishment of peasant cooperatives because in that case many peasants would lose their newly acquired land. The Communist government has decreed the founding of cooperatives and Markan Radišić is in charge of their establishment. When Markan’s son proposes to Miliša’s daughter, the two men confront each other. In self-defense Markan kills Miliša, however the national court fails to find mitigating circumstances. On the way to prison he listens to the news on radio about the abolition of agricultural cooperatives.
Velimir Bata Živojinović (Markan Radišić), Mirjana Karanović, Vjenceslav Kapural (Miliša Matić), Vanja Drach, Dara Džokić, Dragan Nikolić, Olivera Marković, Vanja Matujec, etc
Country of production:
Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (Socialist Republic of Croatia)
Ivo Brešan, Veljko Bulajić , Dejan Rebić
Veljko Bulajić, Tvrtko Grgić
This epic film is a sort of a sequel to Bulajić’s debut, Vlak bez voznog reda (Train Without a Timetable), from 1959. According to most critics Bulajić did not do anything more with this film but continue his well-known poetics.
Awards: Niš 86' - Diploma to Dara Džokić (also for the role in film U zatvoru)
Venice 86' - special program
Avelino 86' - Silver medal to Dara Džokić
FIPRESCI award to Veljko Bulajić
Screening permit: from March 20, 1986
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