ENFF On Tour in Amsterdam brings the dutch premiere of MEN DON’T CRY, a brilliant fiction feature debut by director ALEN DRLJEVIC, followed by the Q&A with the acting star LEON LUČEV. This remarkably refined film was the Bosnian submission for the Oscars and won the best film awards at the Karlovy Vary, Bratislava, Ljubljana, Zagreb and Goteborg FF. A compelling Bosnian story with fantastic performances of the main actors Leon Lučev, Boris Isakovic, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic, Ermin Bravo and Ivo Gregurevic. Special treat: Leon Lučev will give the MASTERCLASS the same day in De Balie; read more about it here. An unique opportunity, don’t miss!
SynopsisIt has been more than 20 years after the wars in former Yugoslavia ended, but the wounds of those who participated in them are still open. In this tense drama, a group of war veterans are trying to overcome lack of trust, prejudice and cross the invisible enemy lines by opening their hearts to each other. They are hoping to find a relief from a nightmares which are haunting them for over two decades. Despite a support of a patient and devoted facilitator, it is obvious that a reconciliation both with one’s own traumas and with the former enemies is an unpredictable path full of thorns. Brilliantly written and directed, the film does not only deal with personal emotional discomforts, it also brings up the treatments and position of war veterans in the post-conflict societies.
Festivals & Awards (selection)Karlovy Vary IFF, 2017 – Special Jury Prize, Best European Film (Europa Cinemas Label) | Zagreb FF, 2017 – Best Feature Film | Festival of Slovenian Film, 2017 – Best Minority Co-production | MedFilm Festival, Rome 2017 – Best Film | Ljubljana IFF, 2017 – FIPRESCI Prize | Bratislava IFF, 2017 – Best Fiction Film | Sarajevo FF , 2017 – Young Audience Award | Cleveland IFF, 2018 – Winner George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Film Competition | Goteborg FF, 2018 – Best International Film | Prishtina IFF, 2018 – Best Balkan Film | LET’S CEE FF, Vienna 2018 – Honourable Mention | Academy Awards, 2018 – Bosnian submission for Best Foreign-Language Film
Original title: MUSKARCI NE PLACU
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Germany
Length: 99 min
Director: Alen Drljevic
Screenwriter: Alen Drljevic, Zoran Solomun
Cinematography: Erol Zubcevic
Editing: Vladimir Gojun
Sound: Igor Camo
Cast: Boris Isakovic, Leon Lucev, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic, Sebastian Cavazza, Ermin Bravo, Boris Ler, Ivo Gregurevic, Primoz Petkovsek, Jasna Djuricic, Izudin Bajrovic
Produced by: Damir Ibrahimovic, Jasmila Zbanic – Deblokada (BA)
Co-produced by: Iridium Film (SI), Produkcija Ziva (HR), Manderley Films (DE), This and That (RS), Cineplanet (RS)