WHEN FATHER WAS AWAY ON BUSINESS
IN MEMORIAM Mustafa Nadarević, Mira Furlan, Andrija Zafranović
DIRECTOR: Emir Kusturica
YEAR / DURATION: 1985. • 136’
- SCREENPLAY: Abdulah Sidran
- CINEMATOGRAPHY: Vilko Filač
- EDITOR: Andrija Zafranović
- SCORE: Zoran Simjanović
- CAST: Moreno de Bartolli, Predrag Manojlović, Mirjana Karanović, Mustafa Nadarević, Mira Furlan, Pavle Vuisić
- PRODUCER: Mirza Pašić
- COMPANY: Centar Film, Forum Sarajevo, Televizija Sarajevo
- FESTIVALS AND AWARDS : Pula Film Festival 1985 (Golden Arena for Best Film, Golden Arena for Best Screenplay, Golden Arena for Best Director, Golden Arena for Best Actor – Miki Manojlović, and Golden Arena for Best Actress – Mirjana Karanović), Cannes Film Festival, 1985 (Golden Palm and Audience Award), nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1986
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, after the Second World War, during the Stalin-Tito conflict, a boy called Malik enjoys his childhood up to the moment his father, Meša, is arrested and taken to prison under suspicion of working for the Informbiro over his remark about a cartoon in Politika. Malik believes his mother’s story about his father being away on business, and is unaware that a vindictive uncle, jealous of his father’s relationship with the attractive Ankica, is behind all of it.
About the director
Emir Kusturica (Sarajevo, 1954), Bosnian and Herzegovinian director, who had worked in the USA, and has lived and worked in Serbia for a number of years. He studied directing at the Film Academy in Prague (FAMU), graduating in 1978. He received awards even during his studies, and his debut feature film Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (1981) has won prestigious international awards – Golden Lion for Debut Film at the Venice Film Festival and the FIPRESCI Award at Cannes Festival. His other films have also received international awards, such as Black Cat, White Cat, which received the Silver Lion at the 1998 Venice Film Festival, Arizona Dream, which received the Silver Bear at the 1993 Berlin Film Festival, and Underground, which received the Golden Palm at the 1995 Cannes Festival.
- Kaštel – 23.07