This is a film about the impossibility of war veterans to socialize into today Croatian society, due to the fact that in Croatia – a country in transition in which the unscrupulous capitalism rules, only a few understand their illness and their needs. The story is about a 35 year old man, married, with three children. He joined the Croatian Army at the very beginning of the war and was not discharged until the very end. He is now unemployed, lives in Zagreb with his family and is trying to live like other people, but… This film is conceived as his intimate confession.
Branko Schmidt was born in 1957 in Osijek, Croatia. After studying economics, he enrolled at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, Film and TV Directing Department. In 1981 he directed his graduating film - TV play ‘Early Maturing of Marko Kovač’. In 1988 he directed his first feature, ‘Hawk did not Love Him’. He has directed many TV plays, documentaries, and TV series for children. His last feature, ‘Mellon Route’, was awarded at several festivals. He is now working on a new feature, ‘Metastases’.
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2007, 28', color, video
Vesna Lažeta, Hrvoje Mršić