ON THE OTHER SIDE
S ONE STRANE
2016, 85 min, Croatia/Serbia, Dir: Zrinko Ogresta

Middle-aged nurse Vesna (Ksenija Marinković) is living a quiet life in Zagreb when her phone rings; at the other end of the line is husband Žarko (Lazar Ristovski), a convicted war criminal who’d left her and their children 20 years ago. Shot in long takes that draw viewers along to its surprising final twist, ON THE OTHER SIDE swept Croatia’s Pula Film Festival. “This gripping psychological drama brings a new twist to the subject of postwar ex-Yugoslavia … emotionally complex, tautly assembled and powerfully acted.” - Alissa Simon, Variety.


THE PRIEST’S CHILDREN
SVEĆENIKOVA DJECA
2013, InterFilm, 93 min, Croatia, Dir: Vinko Brešan

Catholic priest Don Fabijan (Krešimir Mikić) is distressed to see his island parish shrinking in population, so he enlists a condom vendor (Nikša Butijer) and a pharmacist (Dražen Kuhn) to sabotage birth control methods - a plan that produces quite a few unintended complications. Working with frequent collaborators including writer-composer Mate Matišić, director Vinko Brešan handles a touchy subject with humor that shifts from whimsical to sardonic, making this comedic cautionary tale one of the year’s biggest box office hits in Croatia. In Croatian with English subtitles.


SONJA AND THE BULL
SONJA I BIK
2013, Croatian Radiotelevision/HRT, 106 min, Croatia, Dir: Vlatka Vorkapić

This romantic comedy, directed by first-timer Vlatka Vorkapić, is set in the world of bull fighting. Animal-rights activist Sonja (Judita Franković) is caught up in the battle to pass a bill making bullfighting illegal. Her work raises a red flag with a big-time fight organizer, who sends his insurance-agent son (Goran Bogdan) to deal with the woman. A Croatian box office hit, SONJA AND THE BULL is a sexy and sweet look at tradition, differences and how opposites really do attract. In Croatian with English subtitles.


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