Production year: 1976
Duration: 126 minuta
Technique: 16mm standard transferred to 35mm, color
War arrives to a small secluded village in Vojvodina. The Germans take a group of hostages through the village and on their way molest a small boy. As revenge the boy sets the German corn on fire. An intelligent and shrewd Gestapo officer Šicer arrives to investigate. He does not even suspect that he is up against a group of small boys, led by Milan and Vaso, and orders that all men from the village be taken to custody. He announces that one man will be shot each day unless the real culprit steps forward. Children contact the partisans…
Slavko Štimac (Milan Maljević), Ljubomir Živanović (Vasa), Milan Kuruzović (Branko), Miodrag Radovanović (Šicer), Miroljub Lešo (Pera Maljević), Renata Ulmanski (Milan and Pero’s mother), Ivan Jagodić (Vasa’s father), Mira Banjac, Pavle Vuisić (inn-keeper Stanko), Dragoljub Milosavljević (Velja Paun), Mića Tomić (Brico), Stole Aranđelović (ferryman), Slobodan Velimirović (German officer), Danilo Bata Stojković (Damnjan) and others.
Country of production:
Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (Socialist Republic of Serbia)
Arsen Diklić, Branko Bauer
The film version of the anthological TV series Salaš u Malom Ritu (it is the second film made from materials of the TV series Zimovanje u Jakobsfeldu), does not have the elaborate layering and characterization after shortening but it is still a respectable film. It is best remembered for Miodrag Radovanović’s role of Šicer. In Pula Radovanović won the Silver Arena as Best Actor, Branko Bauer won the Bronze Arena for Best Director and together with Arsen Diklić the Silver Arena for Best Screenplay. Mira Banjac won the Golden Arena as Best Supporting Actress.
Other awards: Pula 76' - Jury’s Diploma to Slavko Štimac (together with his role in Vlak u snijegu); Niš 76' - Jury’s Great Diploma to Miodrag Radovanović
Screening permit: from February 4, 1976
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