Production year: 1962
Duration: 124 minute
Technique: 35mm cinemascope, black and white
In June 1942, Germans and their allies attack the partisans on the mountain Kozara in north Bosnia. Enemy forces have surrounded the whole area and Partisans attempt to break through while taking with them the wounded and refuges. They divide into small groups and hide all over the mountain hoping that the enemies will pass them…
Velimir Bata Živojinović (Šorga), Davor Antolić (Joja), Ilija Bašić, Mišo Begović, Mirko Boman, Husein Čokić, Azem Dautović, Milenko Djedović, Milena Dravić, Bert Sotlar, Olivera Marković, Enver Džonlić, Dragomir Felba, Dina Julius, Tamara Miletić, Tanja Mascarelli, Milan Milošević, Abdurrahman Shala, Branko Lustig, Božidar Smiljanić, Adam Vedernjak, etc.
Country of production:
Federative National Republic of Yugoslavia (National Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Veljko Bulajić, Stevan Bulajić, Ratko Ðurović, Skender Kulenović, Berislav Orlović, Vladimir Špindler
Dušan Jeričević, Zlatko Sudović, Vlado Branković
Kozara the first Partisan film by Veljko Bulajić and it is the pioneering representative of the subgenre of spectacular Partisan Epopee in Yugoslav cinema (its prototype is the film Živjet će ovaj narod by Nikola Popović). Bulajić used his well-known formula: The Nation (i.e. Partisan) as a collective character represented by a series of strong expressive individuals. The special ingredient of this film is the series of emotionally intense situations (e.g. the famous scene of a father who holds his son’s mouth so the child won’t cry with one hand while using the other to block the wire cable that the Germans use to comb the terrain) that became the norm of this particular subgenre. Kozara won the golden medal at the Moscow festival (1963) and the critics’ award in New Delhi. At the Pula Film Festival, it won the Golden arena for Best Film, as well as cash awards for direction and screenplay. It also won the Jelen from the readers of VUS magazine.
Other awards: Pula 62' - Cash award to Olivera Marković for Best Actress (together with Sibirska ledi Magbet); Cash award to Bata Živojinović for Best Actor (together with Dr); special Yugoslav Critics’ Award to Veljko Bulajić for successful completion of an "epic trilogy from recent history"; Kekec Award from the commission Film i dete to Veljko Bulajić
Screening permit: from July 25, 1962
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