Production year: 1967
Duration: 92 minute
Janica is an atypically sensitive girl, prone to illness. The young woman dies soon after giving birth, never having experienced love and affection from her bullying husband, Marko Labudan, a stuck-up ranger. Joza Sveti, the village fool and a naïve artist, at whom the whole village laughs, is secretly in love with Janica. By flashback, the viewer is taken back to the time when Labudan first set his eyes on Janica…
Manca Košir (Janica), Fabijan Šovagović (Joža Sveti), Velimir Bata Živojinović (Marko Labudan), Stjepan Lektorić (Marko’s father), Nela Eržišnik (Marko’s mother)
Country of production:
Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (Socialist Republic of Croatia)
Slavko Kolar, Ante Babaja, Božidar Violić (based on short stories Breza and Ženidba Imbre Futača by Slavko Kolar)
Using the unsparing naturalist approach, garnished with grotesque ideas, modernist narration broken into pieces and the anthological “existentialist” countdown "... jedna pura, dva pandura, svakom dojde smrtna vura", Ante Babaja made this highly suggestive film about the misery of human existence and the unusual vulnerability of those individuals who stand out from the tyrannical and mediocre masses. This film won the Big Bronze Arena (together with the film Na papirnatih avionih) at the Pula Film Festival.
Other awards: Pula 1967 - Golden Arena to Bata Živojinovic (together with his roles in the films Skupljači perja and Praznik)
Monetary award for the best cinematographer Tomislav Pinter (together with Skupljači perja)
Jury’s diploma to Babaja and Violić for the screenplay adapted from Slavko Kolar’s novel
Screening permit: from June 27, 1967
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