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During last two hours of the year, the three stories are happening in the dark and deserted streets of coastal town of Split, separated from the wild New Year's Eve parties. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Dino Dvornik ... Singer
Mladen Vulic ... Nike

Coolio ... Franky

Michael Klesic ... Steve

Marija Skaricic ... Maja
Nives Ivankovic ... Marija
Marinko Prga ... Blacky
Vicko Bilandzic ... Luka
Ante Simun Majstorovic ... Boy
Ivana Roscic ... Andela
Pero Vrca ... Sinor Bartut

Dara Vukic ... Starica
Nikola Ivosevic ... Inspector
Franko Strmotic ... Redikul
Mile Vukasovic ... Kauboj
Tomislav Petric ... Sailor 2
Paul Klesic ... Sailor 3
Nenad Bego ... Antisa
Silvana Stanic ... Sankerica
Vladimir Davidovic ... Neighbor Ive
Leo Juric ... Band Member
Darko Aljinovic ... Band Member
Vojan Koceic ... Band Member
Petar Petej ... Band Member
Ljubo Jurkovic ... Police Officer 1
Damir Rakic ... Police Officer 2
Pavao Zoric ... Muco
Mladen Badovinac ... Collaborator
Antica Miljokovic ... Cleaner
Ivan Zovko ... Concert Member
Mario Ivancevic ... Concert Member

Danielle Nicolet ... Jeanie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mladen Baucic ... Band Member

Directed by
Arsen A. Ostojic  (as Arsen Anton Ostojic)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Arsen A. Ostojic 

Produced by
Arsen A. Ostojic .... associate producer
Jozo Patljak .... producer
Original Music by
Mate Matisic 
Cinematography by
Mirko Pivcevic 
Film Editing by
Dubravko Slunjski 
Casting by
Patricia Rose 
Production Design by
Velimir Domitrovic 
Costume Design by
Branka Tkalcec 
Makeup Department
Irena Hadrovic .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Igor Koceic .... unit manager
Sound Department
Tomislav Babic .... sound mixer
Zlatan Cehic .... sound engineer
Zlatan Cehic .... sound recordist
Hrvoje Grill .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Drago Poldrugac .... special effects
Sandra Bakulic .... stunts
Aldo Toncic .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Edib Ahmetasevic .... assistant camera
Marijan Bakovic .... gaffer
Branimir Hains .... gaffer
Marko Koc .... gaffer
Pero Kosovac .... gaffer
Igor Stikovic .... key grip
Kresimir Takac .... gaffer
Frank Klesic .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Ta divna Splitska noc" - Croatia (original title)
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Croatia:100 min
Australia:MA (TV rating) | Brazil:16

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No digital effects were used; all the special effects (including fireworks or flight above the city) were done in real, on location.See more »


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25 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
"Ta divna splitska noc" belongs to the latest wave of Croatian movie-making, 20 March 2005

"Ta divna splitska noc" belongs to the latest wave of Croatian movie-making, which has in the recent years kindled a new hope for the future of this cinematography. Following the trend, the film bursts with dark humor and honestly explores the painful sores of a frustrated post-war society.

The storyline encompasses three loosely connected episodes, all of them taking place simultaneously during the final hours of seeing the Old Year out in the coastal city of Split, Croatia. There is some Tarantinoesque moving back and forth through time, though rather conservative as compared to "Pulp Fiction" - each of the three stories runs its course from start to end, to be followed by another. Some of the characters meander throughout the movie, some are resurrected from their deaths as we step back in time, but each of the stories is narrated as a linear episode in itself.

The subject matter is deeply rooted in the dark side of the contemporary Croatian reality, focusing on dissipated war veterans, drug abuse, teenagers with no present or future, a general feeling of hopelessness. A war widow is having a torrid affair with her late husband's war buddy, who doesn't really care about her; a depressed American sailor is reluctantly fitted with a reluctant prostitute for the night; two teenagers consent to lose their virginity with each other, only to be faced with a lack of premises to do so. When the midnight finally arrives, the New Year brings forth not only the fireworks, but madness and violent death as well.

Mirko Pivcevic shot the film in a lavish black-and-white photography, bringing to mind Robert Krasker's Viennese sewers of "The Third Man". Split is an ancient Mediterranean city and most of its historic core is carved in weathered stone, so it looks great by day and sensational by night, given a proper lighting. The overall production highly surpasses the film's modest budget. There are some minor flaws, such as amateurish rantings of Coolio's drunken sailor buddies, but most of the actors are up to their tasks, and the direction by Arsen Anton Ostojic is inspired. I particularly enjoyed the vigorous performance of the eccentric local celebrity, Dino Dvornik, as the Singer.

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