Production year: 1989
Duration: 99 minuta
The likable and good-natured Andrija works as a beach guard in a slow resort town in Yugoslavia. It is the last summer of the German occupation. His days are monotonous, until a young widow, Ana, and her son Danny ask him for a place to hide from the Germans. Andrija’s friend, Martin, persuades him to marry Ana and save her and her son…
Tom Conti (Andrija Gavrilović), Susan George (Ana), Rod Steiger (Martin), Nitzan Sharron (Danny), John Gill (doctor), Alun Armstrong (Zemba), Miljenko Brlečić (Ostoja), John Shar (mayor), Vanja Drach (major von Richter), Slobodan Šembera (translator), Stanka Gjurić (singer), Ivo Gregurević (German captain)
Country of production:
Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (Socialist Republic of Croatia)/Great Britain
Borislav Pekić, Rajko Grlić, Simon MacCorkindale (based on the novel Odbrana i poslednji dani by Borislav Pekić)
Brane Živković, Junior Campbell, Mike O'Donell
Damir F. German
This story about a boring summer in a monotonous ambiance turned into a monotonous film. Its moments of tension and anxiety lack intensity, and the final action scenes are rather poorly executed. However, the main strength of this film is the fascinating pastel photography by Tomislav Pinter. At the Tokyo film festival, this film won both the Grand Prix and the award for Best Director.
Other awards: Pula 1989 - Golden Arena for the best cinematographer
Kodak - Pathe award for the cinematographer Tomislav Pinter (together with the film Sabirni centar)
Screening permit: from July 11, 1989
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