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Snivaj, zlato moje / Sleep Sweet, My Darling (2005) Neven Hitrec, Ljubomir Kerekes, Ivan Glowatzky, Ines Bojanic, Comedy, Drama

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This sentimental comedy, in turn delightfully amusing and tragicomical, tells a tale of a working-class neighborhood in Zagreb during a ten-year period after the end of the Second World War. It is a story of people who rely on humor and song to survive their anxious times, preserving their traditions and their way of life despite the tumultuous upheavals that surround them. A range of colorful characters create a unique microcosm of an old-fashioned way of life, in which it is as natural to burst into song as it is to talk, creating a film which at times resembles a musical.

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Houston, We Have a Problem! (2016) Bostjan Virc, Ziga Virc, Documentary, Drama

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Cold War-era international intrigue, declassified top-secret documents, and a clandestine deal between John F. Kennedy and Yugoslavia’s president Josip Tito are just the tip of the iceberg in this absorbing directorial debut from filmmaker Žiga Virc. Blurring the lines between fact and fiction, Houston, We Have a Problem! explores the myth behind the origins of America’s race to be the first country to send a man to the moon, and a supposed multi-billion-dollar deal involving America’s purchase of Yugoslavia’s space program in the early 1960s.

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Posljednja volja / The Last Will (2001) Zoran Sudar, Goran Visnjic, Alison Heruth-Waterbury, Stefan Lysenko, Action, Comedy, Romance

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Bartul Burt Marinkovich, a Croatian emigree-turned millionaire, dies and unexpectedly leaves his millions not to his beautiful young wife, Nicole, but to his heretofore unknown, illegitimate nephew, Bepo Stambuk, who is living in Bol on the island of Brac. This is Marinkovich’s posthumous revenge on Nicole for his discovery that she has been having a long-standing affair with his personal secretary, Douglas Caine. A young lawyer of Croatian descent named Elisabeth Horvath is assigned to find Bepo and transfer his inheritance to him, but at the same time, Nicole and Caine hire two assassins to go to Brac and kill Marinkovich’s heir. When Horvath and the two assassins arrive, they discover independently that there are three men in Bol named Bepo Stambuk, and must figure out which is the right one.

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Majka asfalta / Mother of Asphalt (2010) Dalibor Matanic, Marija Skaricic, Janko Popovic Volaric, Kresimir Mikic, Drama

Majka asfalta AKA Mother of Asphalt (2010)
The final straw in a marriage already on the rocks is when Janko hits Mare because she would not sleep with him. Although it is late at night Mare decides to leave her home with their 7 year-old son, and thus begins her search for a new beginning… Powerfully acted by actress Marija Škari?i? who has already won several awards for this role, the film follows her through increasingly challenging situations, which she desperately tries to present to her son as a game they’re playing. In stark contrast to the surrounding Christmas-time consumer bonanza, the young woman is left without money, friends, or even compassion. The only help she and her son are offered comes from the lonely nighttime security guard at the glitzy mall, Krešo.

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Narodni heroj Ljiljan Vidic / People’s hero Ljiljan Vidic (2015) Ivan-Goran Vitez, Kristijan Jaic, Stjepan Peric, Tena Jeic Gajski, Comedy, War

Narodni heroj Ljiljan Vidic AKA People's hero Ljiljan Vidic (2015)
This comedy of the absurd is set in the Nazi puppet Independent State of Croatia (NDH) during World War II. The hero, Ljiljan is a young peasant poet who joins the Partisan movement just before it falls apart, abandoned by its leader Tito. The last remaining hope for resisting Nazism is to assassinate Hitler. Ljiljan’s task is to write a song that will allow his Partisan band to infiltrate the inner sanctum of the SS – by entering an SS talent show. If they win the competition, they will be invited to perform before Hitler and the NDH’s high command. This is a satirical coming-of-age tale with a difference, capturing the craziness, comedy and horror of war in the Balkans.

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