Vegetarian Cannibal - Branko Schmidt - Croatia




Airing times

Vegetarian Cannibal (Ljudožder vegetarijanac, 2012)

Director: Branko Schmidt
Cast: Rene Bitorajac, Zrinka Cvitešić, Nataša Janjić, Leon Lučev


Greed is a human’s vice. Whenever there is an opportunity to have more, whether it is power, money or goods, some people have no burdens or walls to stop at. Come and meet a dark and ruthless doctor who will do anything to climb to the place he thinks he deserves in the world. Eurochannel premieres the Croatian blockbuster Vegetarian Cannibal.

Vegetarian Cannibal is a contemporary story about a successful, but immoral and corrupt gynecologist who accomplishes his ambitions with the help of the Zagreb mafia. Directed by Branko Schmidt, the film is based on the novel by Ivo Balenović, with whom Schmidt also collaborated on his previous film Metastases.

As a portrait of corruption in Croatian society, Vegetarian Cannibal serves as a prism through which analyze the ills of the entire nation with stunning credibility. Such honesty and well performed acting has made of the movie an indisputable award winner, earning five awards at Croatia’s Pula Film Festival, including Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Director, as well as being selected as Croatia’s official entry to the Academy Awards in 2012.

Eurochannel invites you to be thrilled and amused by what was described by the critics as “a cruel film commentary of our present times cutting into the sick social tissue where there are truly no boundaries between respectable citizens and the social scum.” A unique heart-stopping cinematic tour-de-force!


Danko Babić (Rene Bitorajac) is an ambitious and amoral gynecologist at Croatia’s leading fertility clinic. When his colleague Bantić (Kresimir Mikic) is appointed as head of the clinic, Babić starts a secret war to overthrow his rival. Distracted by his ruthless campaign he makes series of fatal mistakes that result in the death of a patient.

Festivals and Awards:

•    34th International Moscow Film Festival – Official Competition
•    Pula Film Festival 2012 – National Programme – Golden Arena for Best Director (Branko Schmidt), Golden Arena for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Rene Bitorajac), Golden Arena for Best Cinematography (Dragan Ruljančić), Special Golden Arena for Best Make-Up (Jasna Rosini), Golden Arena for Best Art Direction (Ivana Škrabalo), Oktavijan Award,FEDEORA Award for Best Film
•    2012 Festroia International Film festival, Setúbal – Silver Dolphin for best director (Branko Scmidt)
•    Fantastic Fest 2012, Austin –Best Actor (Rene Bitorajac)
•    Raindance Film Festival 2012
•    CinÉast – Central and Eastern European Film Festival, Luxembourg 2012
•    FEST 2013, Belgrade – Dinko Tucaković Award
•    International Crime and Punishment Film Festival 2013, Istanbul – Grand prix (ex aequo)
•    Filmfest Braunschweig 2013 – Croatia Goes Europe – Feature films
•    85th Academy Awards 2013 – Official Croatian Submission for Nominations for Best Foreign Language Film

Airing times

Sign up for the Eurochannel Newsletter!

Don't miss our latest line-up, exclusive sweepstakes and events!