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Ranko Bozic (scenario and dialogue) &
Emir Kusturica (scenario and dialogue)
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Release Date:
14 May 2004 (France) See more »
What could be better for the village than a scenic railway to bring in the tourists? What could be worse for tourism than war? Luka builds the railway and shuts his eyes to war. Then Luka's wife runs off with a musician and his son is called up to the army. Luka's life is a war zone. Then he meets Sabaha.. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
6 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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A remarkable movie in Kusturica's style See more (25 total) »


  (in credits order)
Slavko Stimac ... Luka
Natasa Tapuskovic ... Sabaha (as Natasa Solak)
Vesna Trivalic ... Jadranka
Vuk Kostic ... Milos
Aleksandar Bercek ... Veljo
Stribor Kusturica ... Captain Aleksic

Nikola Kojo ... Filipovic

Mirjana Karanovic ... Nada
Branislav Lalevic ... President
Davor Janjic ... Tomo
Adnan Omerovic ... Eso
Obrad Djurovic ... Vujan
Nele Karajlic ... Cymbal Player (as Dr. Nelle Karajlic)
Dana Todorovic ... SF TV Reporter (as Danica Todorovic)
Vanessa Glodjo ... Nurse 1 (as Vanesa Glodjo)
Josif Tatic ... Doctor 1
Dragan Zurovac ... Football Manager
Dejan Sparavalo ... Orchestra Conductor
Dragan Krtolina ... Djani Rebus
Josep Weber ... Military Instructor
Milan Janjusevic ... Soldier
Vladan Milojevic ... Captain Aleksic's Orderly
Marko Jeremic ... Petkovic
Bojan Krstovic ... Bosnian Sniper 1
Zoran Jovanovic ... Bosnian Sniper 2
Zorica Jovanovic ... Nurse 2
Branko Ristanovic ... Doctor 2
Lidija Stankov ... Dobrila
Aco Sisic ... Violon Player
Bora Dimic ... Accordion Player
Petar Samardzija ... Agresivni vojnik

Directed by
Emir Kusturica 
Writing credits
Ranko Bozic (scenario and dialogue) &
Emir Kusturica (scenario and dialogue)

Produced by
Farid Chaouche .... line producer
Pierre Edelman .... executive producer
Christine Gozlan .... executive producer
Emir Kusturica .... producer
Maja Kusturica .... producer
Marie-Christine Malbert .... associate producer
Alain Sarde .... producer
Original Music by
Emir Kusturica 
Dejan Sparavalo 
Cinematography by
Michel Amathieu (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Svetolik Zajc  (as Svetolik Mika Zajc)
Casting by
Slobodan Dedeic  (as Boban Dedeic)
Production Design by
Milenko Jeremic 
Art Direction by
Radoslav Mihajlovic 
Costume Design by
Zora Mojsilovic  (as Zora Popovic)
Makeup Department
Halid Redzebasic .... sfx makeup artist
Marinela Spasenovic .... make up & hair designer
Production Management
Christophe Guillerault .... assistant production manager
Dragan Jovanovic .... unit manager
Alex Nikolic .... production consultant
Alex Nikolic .... production supervisor
Françoise Piraud .... post-production supervisor
Olivera Varagic .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Zoran Andric .... first assistant director
Slobodan Dedeic .... assistant director
Vasilije Nikitovic .... second unit director
Art Department
Gligorije Cicanov .... painter
Vladan G. Jankovic .... property master (as Vlada Jankovic)
Radovan Markovic .... property master
Zivojin Savic .... property master
Sound Department
Miroslav Babic .... sound
Yannick Boulot .... sound recordist
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Mathieu Cox .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Grattepain .... assistant foley artist
Vladan Korac .... playback recordist
Dejan Pekovic .... boom operator
Aleksandar Protic .... sound editor
Nenad Sciban .... adr recordist
Nenad Sciban .... wildsound recordist
Bruno Tarrière .... foley engineer
Bruno Tarrière .... sound re-recording mixer
Jérôme Thiault .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Kemal Maracic .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Claire Cuinier .... digital compositor
Frederic Moreau .... visual effects producer
Rémi Canaple .... stunts wire effects
Rémi Canaple .... stunts
Patrick Cauderlier .... stunts wire effects
Branislav Fistric .... stunts
Milan Mitic .... stunt coordinator: horses
Milan Mitic .... stunt double: Alexsandar Bercek
Camera and Electrical Department
Milorad Glusica .... camera operator: second unit
Gez Josip .... focus puller
Safet Kutlovac .... key grip
Aleksandar Letic .... still photographer
Dusan Marinovic .... gaffer
Petar Popovic .... camera operator
Miroslav Radojicic .... assistant camera
Spasoje Todorovic .... assistant camera: second unit
Dragoslav Vilotic .... focus puller: second unit
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Aleksandra Keskinov .... assistant costume designer
Irena Rajnvajn .... wardrobe
Mirko Sirkovic .... animal dresser
Editorial Department
Branislav Krstic .... assistant editor
Yvan Lucas .... color timer
Gordana Othnin-Girard .... assistant editor
Music Department
Emir Kusturica .... music supervisor
Valérie Lindon .... music supervisor
Dejan Pejovic .... music programmer
Dejan Pejovic .... musician: keyboards
Dejan Pejovic .... soundtrack recordist
Aleksandar Perisic .... music editor
Aleksandar Perisic .... music recordist
Transportation Department
Ilija Svetac Nikolic .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Andjela Ilic .... script supervisor
Nathalie Radovic .... assistant to producer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Zivot je cudo" - Serbia and Montenegro (original title)
"Hungry Heart" - International (English title)
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France:155 min | Germany:154 min | Argentina:155 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

When the tunnel is blasted, the bazooka operator sings a medley of songs by The Doors, in particular "Touch Me" and "The End".See more »
Continuity: The movie was shot along a narrow gauge railway but Mayor Radovan arrives to the village on a normal gauge railcar. (00:07:38-00:09:33)See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Chaplin Today: The Circus (2003) (TV)See more »


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41 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
A remarkable movie in Kusturica's style, 23 May 2004
Author: dragosiulian from Lausanne, Switzerland

I think this movie won't surprise anyone who has already seen another movie by this great film-maker: it is the same place (Blakans) and style as we are used to. If you liked his other movies, you will surely like this one too.

The story develops around a small bosnian village, where the lives of his inhabitants are changed by the war that shattered Bosnia 12 years ago. So far nothing extraordinary, but what makes his movies different are the atmosphere and life that springs out of every image.

There are two levels at which you can perceive this movie: the first is the rational level: the story, the gags (as in all his movies, humor has a central part) and so on. The second might be called irrational, because it has to do with identification and feelings: you are taken out of your seat and are part of what happens on the screen. Drama is placed very closely to comedy, and sometimes the change is so sudden your laughs freeze on your face. This I guess is the landmark of this movie: dramatic scenes build upon, and increase their strength from, funny scenes. After all, nothing can be taken seriously in the Balkans :-)

I won't say too much about the story, partly because I don't want to spoil your fun, partly because I feel it's unimportant. Suffice to say that the war is presented only by its "reflection" in peoples lives -- this is what matters most in Kusturica's view. There are no battle scenes.

I think the only thing I can reproach is that once or twice I felt the gags were exaggerated, a bit unnatural. But all Kusturica's movies have a dose of fantastic, so this is not a real problem.

I cannot end without pointing out the great performance of the lead actor, Slavko Stimac (Luka). All in all, I would strongly recommend this movie.

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