Production year: 1984
Duration: 93 minute
The former member of the International Brigades in the Spanish civil war, partisan, and now retired ambassador, Minković, lives in a villa with his family in Zagreb. He is completely out of touch with his children, and it may be that they never have had any sort of bond. His daughter, Miki, has morbidly abandoned herself to a form of idolatry in the cult of her deceased mother, and even tries to commit suicide. His younger son, Roni, plays drums in a rock band and steals cars, while the older son Mark has a successful career as a doctor, but has problems with his demanding wife and asks his father to lend him money. A repairman who comes to fix the heating system is a witness to everyday life events in this family...
Miodrag Radovanović (Minković), Elizabeta Kukić (Miki), Voja Brajević (Mark), Željko Königsnecht (Roni), Fabijan Šovagović (heating repairman), Marija Kohn (Štefica), Inge Appelt (Ana), Nina Erak, Vanja Matujec (singer in a rock band), etc.
Country of production:
Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (Socialist Republic of Croatia/Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina)
This is the only film that Fadil Hadžić made during the 1980s and 1990s in which he offers a family drama and a socially critical analysis characteristic of his earlier work. Even though Ambasador cannot compete with many other works by the same director, and suffers from clichés (especially the portrayal of the generational gap between the young and the old), it is an interesting depiction of the elites' way of life and its moral degradation in the time of socialism. Moreover, the experienced acting ensemble makes this a solid film, (Fabijan Šovagović won the Golden Arena for Best Male Actor).
Other awards: Niš 1984 - Diploma to Miodrag Radovanović
Screening permit: from July 10, 1984
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