Donkey (Kenjac, 2009)
Director: Antonio Nuić
Who did ever think that a donkey could be a pacemaker? Eurochannel invites you to travel through time and space to the Croatia of 1995, to meet a struggling family during the final days of the war in a tale of courage, forgiveness and hope: Donkey.
Donkey is the second feature film of award-winning Bosnian-Croatian film director and screenwriter Antonio Nuic. In the film viewers follow a family During a summer holiday in 1995, while Croatia is at war, a stubborn and always dissatisfied man drags his family from the Zagreb to his village of birth Herzegovina, where he will have to face up to his own demons and overcome them.
With his emphasis on disruptive family relations and machismo, Antonio Nuic makes a critical parable about the nationalist conflicts in the region. The sweltering heat and the camera treatment that removes all the green from the landscape also create an oppressive atmosphere from which only wisdom and respect offer any escape.
This Croatian award-winning feature (Best Foreign Language Film at Palm Springs Film Festival 2009, Golden Arena for Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography at the 56th Pula Film Festival 2009, among other awards) proves that in Croatian and Bosnian, as in English, donkey has a double meaning — not only the mammal, but the one of a foolish, stubborn man.
It is 1995. The summer when the war operation Storm will take place. Boro (Nebojša Glogovac) with his family go to his home village after seven years. He wants to see his brother who managed to leave Sarajevo with his family. Boro constantly fights with his wife (Nataša Janjić), and he doesn't speak at all to his father Pako (Tonko Lonza). In two weeks in, Boro will solve the year’s long dispute with his father and will learn to be a better husband and a father.
Festivals and Awards:
• 15th Sarajevo Film Festival 2009 – Competition Programme