Production year: 1975
Duration: 108 minuta
Technique: 16mm standard transferred to 35mm, color
The story takes place during WW II in Vojvodina. Two boys, Milan and Raša, are sent from a partisan squad to a village for the winter. Soon Raša becomes very ill and Milan goes to a nearby village populated by Germans. Here he finds a job as servant in Jakob Jerih’s house. At night, Milan secretly nurses his friend Raša in a hut in a swamp near the village. Soon, he finds another hiding place in master Jerih’s stable. Jerih likes the diligent Milan and he even considers adopting the boy, but Jerih’s cousin and assistant is against this idea. Namely because he counts on inheriting master Jerih’s estate...
Slavko Štimac (Milan Maljević), Slobodan Perović (Jakob Jerih), Svetislav Goncić (Raša), Ljubica Ković (Marta, Jakob’s wife), Milan Srdoč (Jakob’s cousin), Mihajlo Janketić, Toma Kuruzović and others.
Country of production:
Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (Socialist Republic of Serbia/Socialist Autonomous Province of Vojvodina)
Arsen Diklić, Branko Bauer
After several failed projects at the end of the 1950s and the early 1960s, Branko Bauer returned to the genre of children’s films with which he began his career. Even though Zimovanje u Jakobsfeldu its sequel Salaš u Malom Ritu (both films are side projects of the popular TV series Salaš u Malom Ritu) are not, like previous Bauer’s films (Sinji galeb , Milioni na otoku ), films exclusively for children and youths. In both films the main characters, young boys, play a dangerous game of outwitting the archetypical enemy - an intelligent German. In that sense Zimovanje u Jakobsfeldu is less successful because, while in Salašu u Malom Ritu the children’s opponent is the intelligent and cruel Gestapo officer Šicer, in this case such an opponent does not exist. Rather, the protagonist Milan immorally deceives his master Jerih who has provided him with a job, home and security. He was even ready to adopt Milan and leave him his estate, which is why Milan’s actions are morally questionable. In Pula the film won the Great Silver Arena as Best Film, Golden Arena for Best Screenplay and the audience’s award Jelen.
Other awards: Pula 75' - Jury’s Diploma to Slavko Štimac
Niš 75' - Jury’s Great Diploma to Slobodan Perović
Večernji list’s award to Slavko Štimac
Audience’s award to Slavko Štimac as the most popular actor
Screening permit: from July 17, 1975
Export: Bulgaria, Romania, Soviet Union, Hungary, Israel, Mozambique, Australia
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