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.


FLOWER SQUARE
CVJETNI TRG
2012, Ozana Film, 101 min, Croatia, Dir: Krsto Papić

To keep his son out of jail, puppeteer Filip (Dražen Kuhn) agrees to help police in a sting operation against a hospitalized crime boss (Mladen Vulić). Disguising himself as “Father Lovro,” Filip hears the man’s confession - but when the ruse is discovered, divine intervention seems his only hope for survival. The black comedy of director Papić’s earlier WHEN THE DEAD START SINGING gets even more absurd here as the pretend priest sinks deeper into desperation. In Croatian with English subtitles.


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.


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