Tag Archives: Serbo-Croatian

Branko Bauer – Tri Ane AKA Three Girls Named Anna (1959)

A retired tram driver tries to find his daughter named Ana whom he lost in WWII. Read More »

Zivorad ‘Zika’ Mitrovic – Nevesinjska puska AKA Thundering Mountains (1963)

Based on real events – Herzegovina Uprising of 1875–77 against the Ottoman Empire.

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Zivko Nikolic – Lepota poroka AKA The Beauty of Vice (1986)

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The Beauty of Vice is a comedy that depicts the chaos of our time, caused by a lack of proper morality, as well as the vacuum in which the foundations of civilization are disappearing.

This film shows the almost unrecognizably cruel world of Montenegro, whose ravines are ruled by archaic codes and horrible laws of “honor and blood”. An adulteress is punished by hitting a cake on her head with a club, while people in black hiss in the whiteness of the stone rubble. And then George appears, a man who succeeded on the shore. He shatters the petrified world of Medvedja. After him, his married godparents, Jaglika and her robust, simple husband, go to the sea, to a world ruled by money. A meeting of two opposing worlds. Old-fashioned people in contact with the unscrupulous are described. Read More »

Branko Bauer – Prekobrojna (1962)

A charming romantic comedy/drama from early 1960s Yugoslavia. Ranka (Milena Dravić) secretly follows her boyfriend Mikajlo (Ljubiša Samardžić) from the village to a work action. She is accepted despite not being signed up, but Mikajlo soon leaves his peasant brigade to follow the pretty student Nada in her student brigade. Mikajlo’s attempts to seduce Nada are met with laughter, and in the meantime Ranka becomes more independent. For her role, Milena Dravić won the “Golden Arena” for best female performance at the Pula Film Festival. Read More »

Veljko Bulajic – Kozara (1962)

In June of 1942 Germans and their collaborators decide to get rid of partisans and their stronghold in the woods of Mount Kozara in Northern Bosnia. They encircle the mountain and begin the mop up operation. Out gunned and outnumbered the partisans must not only take care of themselves but try to protect thousands of refugees too. Read More »

Aleksandar Petrovic – Skupljaci perja AKA I Even Met Happy Gypsies (1967)

Plain of Vojvodina, Serbia, where many Gypsies live. Married to a woman much older than him with whom he has already had many children, Bora is often absent. His job as a feather worker takes him from village to village. On the road, he falls in love with Tissa, a young, vagabond and wild Gypsy on the run. Her brutal and possessive father-in-law Mirta makes a wedding proposal to a young Gypsy, hoping to keep her close to him. But Tissa rejects her young husband and, unbeknownst to everyone, leaves with Bora in the mountains to get married by a monk. But very quickly, Tissa gets bored and runs away again, decided to join Belgrade… Read More »

Jasmila Zbanic – Quo vadis, Aida? AKA Where Are You Going, Aida? (2020)

Aida is a translator for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp. Read More »