Production year: 1975
Duration: 132 minute
In June of 1914, Austrian-Hungarian Archduke Ferdinand arrives to Sarajevo with his wife Sofija. At the same time, members of the Young Bosnia organization are in Sarajevo. They have been preparing to kill the Archduke. An ascetic young man, Gavrilo Princip, and a wanton Nedeljko Čabrinović lead the assassins...
Christopher Plummer (Archduke Franz Ferdinand), Florinda Bolkan (Sofija), Irfan Mensur (Gavrilo Princip), Radoš Bajić (Nedeljko Čabrinović), Maximilian Schell (Ðuro Šarac), Ivan Vyskocil (Mehmedbašić), Libuše Šafrankova (Jelena), Otomar Korbelar (Emperor Franz Joseph), etc.
Country of production:
Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (Socialist Republic of Croatia/ Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina)/Czechoslovakia (Czech Socialist Republic)
Stevan Bulajić, Vladimir Bor, Veljko Bulajić, Paul Jarrico
Luboš Fišer, Juan Carlos Calderón
Vlado Branković, Bohumil Pokorny
Branko Hundić, Jan Kropácek
This was the first film by Veljko Bulajić after his biggest success Bitka na Neretvi. In Atentat u Sarajevu he tried to reconstruct the events immediately before the assassination of the Archduke, which was the trigger for the first World War. The film follows two parallel stories: one about the royal couple and the other about the assassins. The director tried to show both sides in a more or less sympathetic light, although one can sense that he was, in point of fact, actually ordered to portray the fanatic assassins as heroes. Even though the directing style sometimes seems clumsy and the characters do not appear to have been perfectly drawn, Atentat u Sarajevu (which won the prestigious award in San Sebastian) is made memorable by the suggestive introductory Hapsburg hunting scene. The finely depicted relationship between Ferdinand and Sofia, and the young actor Radoš Bajić’s outstanding performance as Nedeljko Čabrinović also serve to make this an affecting film.
Other awards: Pula 1976 - Silver Arena for Best Director
San Sebastian 1976 - Special jury award
Screening permit: October 31, 1976
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