Gangster of Love

Nebojša Slijepčević
Matchmaker Nediljko Babic, also known as "Gangster", helps a Bulgarian single mother find a new husband in Croatia. But a series of comically disastrous dates discloses the true nature of conservative Croatian men: they would rather die alone than marry a foreigner with a child.

Nebojša Slijepčević

Nebojsa Slijepčević was born in 1973 in Zagreb, Croatia. In 2005, he graduated in Film Directing from the Academy of Drama and Art in Zagreb. He has directed numerous creative documentaries that were widely shown and awarded multiple times at many international festivals. ZagrebDox screened many of his documentaries, following his work closely. He is a three times nominee for Prix Europa Award for his TV documentaries. His first documentary feature, the international co-production Gangster of Love, premiered at Hot Docs and it was one of the biggest box-office successes in Croatia, winning the Audience Award at 2013 ZagrebDox. His latest documentary feature Srbenka (2018) premiered at Visions du Réel and received the Buyens-Chagoll Award, followed by the Heart of Sarajevo for best documentary and the Audence Award at Sarajevo Film Festival and many more. He is also an educator, mentoring and lecturing at Restart's School of Documentary Film in Zagreb.

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Gangster te voli

Croatia, Germany, Romania
80' / 58'

Working title:
Arranged Marriages

Directed by:
Nebojša Slijepčević

Vanja Jambrović

Produced by:
Restart in co-production with Kloos & Co. Medien GmbH, Subcultura Films, Fade In

Restart Label

Sales Agent:
Rise and Shine


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Festivals & Awards:

 ZagrebDox 2013 - world premiere / opening film - Audience Award; Hot Docs 2013, Toronto; Mediterranean Film Festival Split 2013; Karlovy Vary IFF 2013 - European premiere; Sarajevo Film Festival 2013; Mediteran Film Festival 2013, Široki Brijeg – Audience Award; Dokufest 2013, Prizren, Kosovo; Liburnia Film Festival 2013, Ičići; Vukovar Film festival 2013; Raindance Film Festival 2013, London; Let’s Cee Film Festival 2013, Wienna; Flahertiana International Documentary Film Festival 2013, Perm; Dokuart, Bjelovar 2013 - Audience Award; Astra Film Festival, Sibiu 2013; Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Arkansas, USA 2013; Prix Europa Best TV Documentary Nomination 2013; Minsk International Film Festival Listapad 2013, Minsk, Belarus - Special prize from Radio «Unistar» «For an ironic view of reality»; Free Zone, Belgrade 2013; Malatya International Film Festival, Turkey 2013