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Svjedoci (2003)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 8 April 2005 (Austria)
When 3 soldiers discover a man inside a home they are bombing, they easily kill him. But, when a 2nd witness is discovered, she proves a bigger challenge, setting in motion a riveting game ... See full summary »

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Vinko Bresan

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Vinko Bresan, Jurica Pavicic (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leon Lucev ... Kreso
Alma Prica Alma Prica ... Novinarka
Mirjana Karanovic ... Majka
Drazen Kuhn Drazen Kuhn ... Barbir
Kresimir Mikic ... Josko
Marinko Prga Marinko Prga ... Vojo
Bojan Navojec Bojan Navojec ... Baric
Ljubomir Kerekes Ljubomir Kerekes ... Dr. Matic
Predrag 'Predjo' Vusovic Predrag 'Predjo' Vusovic ... Ljubo
Tarik Filipovic Tarik Filipovic ... Javni tuzitelj
Rene Bitorajac ... Albanac
Ivo Gregurevic ... Otac
Vanja Drach Vanja Drach ... Penzioner
Helena Buljan Helena Buljan ... Susjeda
Sreten Mokrovic Sreten Mokrovic ... Doktor
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When 3 soldiers discover a man inside a home they are bombing, they easily kill him. But, when a 2nd witness is discovered, she proves a bigger challenge, setting in motion a riveting game of cat & mouse. Croatia. Croatian with English subtitles. Winner - Peace Prize and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Berlin Int'l Film Festival. Official Selection - Karlovy Vary, Jerusalem and Seattle Int'l FFs. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | War

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Country:

Croatia

Language:

Serbo-Croatian | Croatian

Release Date:

8 April 2005 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Zeugen See more »

Filming Locations:

Karlovac, Croatia

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Interfilm See more »
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(Ontario)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Official submission of Croatia for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 76th Academy Awards in 2004. See more »

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soldiers fighting the enemy and themselves
15 February 2005 | by freakyfreak05See all my reviews

the insanity of distinguishing a murder from war killing! is there a difference? is the nature of the crime different? isn't fear behind it all? bringing it's ugly cousins, prejudice, hate, pride and ignorance. All these forces working to break or compromise the good side of all of us. that's what the characters of this story are up against. The only redemption and hope in the story rests in the life of the young hostage. The three reckless soldiers, (street thugs with permission to carry automatic weapons) are left without any leadership and their best thinking leads to murder. they are as senseless as war it self. the story is set in a homeland war of Croatia. the difference in their army from conventional armies is that their squad consists of father and sons, brothers, friends and neighbors. i was relucxtant to view, but got it delivered through Film Movement as their pick of the month. i liked this film and it opened the door for me to be more willing to screen a lot more foreign films. they have any element that American films do not. cant quite put my finger on it yet.


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