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Director:
Writers:
Ranko Bozic (scenario and dialogue) &
Emir Kusturica (scenario and dialogue)
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Release Date:
14 May 2004 (France) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
6 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Do we risk to get tired of Kusturica's carnaval? See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (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 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
 
Stunts
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
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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Runtime:
France:155 min | Germany:154 min | Argentina:155 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
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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17 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Do we risk to get tired of Kusturica's carnaval?, 17 May 2004
Author: checcocinema from Venezia, Italy

Kusturica repeats himself, it's the first thing that comes to mind when leaving the cinema. Still, this is not necessarily a negative sign, for an author who has been able to create "Underground" or "Black cat, white cat". This movie is an authentic hymn of joy to life, love and humanity (sure, also that grotesque humanity that in the Balkan countries may look wild sometimes), thus we can be happy that Kusturica has achieved once again this objective. In addition, Kusturica stress here in an unusual way for him the real power of sentiment between two persons which can overcome war and ethnic division.

However, the instruments that Kusturica uses are this time too familiar for us and we cannot avoid the impression of the repetition of the same gags and expressions that we have seen in his previous films. This "déjà vu" becomes impressed in our minds since the beginning, just after the magnificent aperture of the movie. A "déjà vu" which allows us to anticipate the gestures of the each character. In addition, the carnaval does not allow to catch the important political assumption of this movie, which is that that war was a war instigated by all illegal dealers on both sides to preserve and increase their traffics and that first of all the fights happened within each camp, to eliminate those who were promoting a fair and decent life (see the murder of the Serbian mayor by his Serbian deputy). This political assumption is one of the strongest elements of the movie, but is Kusturica's carnaval reinforcing or diluting this powerful message?

I believe that Kusturica is now come to a real crossroad: either he continues to follow his colorful and sometimes grotesque representation of the Balkan soul and in this way simply repeating himself or is he addressing new territories with different instruments. This movie represents some old and some new for him: this is its strength and its weakness. I hope to see Kusturica taking the challenge and using his immense creativity to enter into a new dimension.

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