Production year: 2003
Duration: 105 minuta
Technique: 35 mm widescreen Fuji, color
In the middle of the 18th century on the border of the Venetian republic and the Ottoman Empire, Croatia and Bosnia, Christianity and Islam, the duke’s mercenary Petar Revač falls in love with a Turkish nobleman’s young daughter Lejla. Revač kills the castellan that Lejla was supposed to marry and the two of them flee to a Venetian territory close to Zadar. Revač’s younger brother Nikodem, who by coincidence became an orthodox monk, tries to help the young couple. Due to the castellan’s murder and Lejla’s kidnapping, a huge political crisis emerges and a Venetian diplomat from Dubrovnik, Andrija Scarsi, is invited to help out.
Nikša Kušelj (Revač), Zrinka Cvitešić (Lejla), Goran Grgić (Andrija Scarsi), Borko Perić (Nikodem), Božidar Orešković (nećenski knez), Mladen Vulić (dizdar), Danko Ljuština (Džafer-beg), Gordana Gadžić (Revač and Nikodem’s mother), Zijah Sokolović, Dragan Despot, Galliano Pahor (travnički paša), Dinka Grubišić, Dejan Aćimović, etc.
Country of production:
Republic of Croatia
Branko Ivanda, Ivan Aralica (based on Ivan Aralica’s novel)
Maja Rodica Virag
Ivica Trpčić, Kemal Hrustanović
Jasna Novak, Vjera Ivanković
The biggest problems of this film are clumsy dramaturgy and poorly profiled characters and their mutual relationships. On the other hand, the fact that this is the first Croatian historical-adventure film since Mimica’s Banović Strahinja deserves certain respect. Moreover, all the genre rules were respected and correctly realized. The most impressive fact about this film is the fresh appearance of the gently erotic main actress, Zrinka Cvitešić. At the Pula Film Festival, Konjanik received Golden Arenas for Best Supporting Actor (Danko Ljuština) and Set Design. It was also shown in the official program of the International Film Festival in Mar Del Plata.
Number of viewers in Croatia: 12 666
Export: Serbia and Montenegro (3 235 viewers), Bosnia and Herzegovina
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