SRĐAN KARANOVIĆ / 2010.
At the very beginning of the First World War, FILIP, a Serb and the principal of a gymnasium in a small Serbian town, is summoned urgently to Belgrade to serve in the war effort. He has no one to leave his wife, LEA, with. She is a young and pretty Slovenian woman, a teacher of rhythmics and dance he met while studying in Western Europe. AZEM, an illiterate, patriarchal Albanian, the school custodian, gives Filip his solemn oath, his ‘Besa’ (in the Albanian tradition: when someone gives their word which must be kept even if they lose their life in the process) that he would look after Lea and see to it that nothing happened to her. Two Europeans, from two entirely different cultures and habits are forced to an awkward cohabitation in the empty school. While the war rages in the background and gets menacingly closer, their interaction develops from hatred, through intolerance, to tolerance and an unusual friendship. Circumstances gradually draw Lea and Azem, a Christian woman and a Muslim man, into a complex forbidden relationship – something like love! More than merely a romantic story, this movie is a paradigm of profound ethnic and class divisions in Europe in the early 20th century which some of them prevail to this day. Would Lea and Azem succeed in overcoming all obstacles and be able to love each other? Would their sincere and passionate love be stronger than Azem’s firm commitment to his oath? What will Filip do when he comes back and realizes that she no longer loves him as she did before and when war finally reaches the little town? BESA is an exciting, unusual, fierce and sometimes even funny story about two people who had absolutely nothing in common except their feelings.
DIRECTED BY - Srđan Karanović
SCENARIO / WRITTEN BY - Srđan Karanović
PRODUCED BY - Jelena Mitrović, Srdan Golubović
CO-PRODUCERS - Dragan Đurković, Danijel Hočevar, Čedomir Kolar. Denes Zsekeres
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - Igor Kecman
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY - Slobodan Trninić
PRODUCTION DESIGNER - Goran Joksimović
EDITED BY - Branka Čeperac
COSTUME DESIGNER - Saša Kuljača
MUSIC BY - Zoran Simjanović
Predrag Miki Manojlović - Azem
Iva Krajnc - Lea
Raša Bukvić - Poručnik
Nebojša Dugalić - Filip
Peter Ferenc – Mita
PRODUCTION: FILM HOUSE BAS CELIK, VISION TEAM (SERBIA), ARKADENA (CROATIA), ASAP FILMS (FRANCE), TIVOLI FILM (HUNGARY).
FUNDS:FILMSKI CENTAR SRBIJE, EURIMAGES, CROATIAN AUDIOVISUAL CENTER, VIBA FILM, FOND SUD.
WORLD SALES:SOULD FOOD.
FESTIVAL & AWARDS
Moskow (Awards of the International Film Club'S Federation), Hamburg, Duress (Public Award), Koper (Best Cinematography) ,Seville, Palm Springs, Sofia, Trieste IFF..
Awards of the International Film Club's Federation (IFF Moskow), Public Award (IFF Duress ), Best Film (IFF Trieste Alpe Adria), Best Cinematography (Koper FF)
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