Regional Competition

Marathon Men

Biljana Čakić
Screening time  
28.02. / Tuesday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 2  
01.03. / Wednesday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 2  
04.03. / Saturday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 4  
The film about the longest race in Europe from Vukovar to Srebrenica, following three war veterans of different ethnicity who run together.

The film Marathon Men centres around the longest race in Europe, covering a distance of 227 kilometres from Vukovar to Srebrenica. The story follows three protagonists, Elvir Rakipović, Robert Kasumović and Duško Štrbac, war veterans of different ethnicity who run together. In 1991, as very young men, all three of them joined the Croatian armed forces as volunteers, got wounded and after the war, due to harassment and the manner in which war veterans were treated by the government, they developed PTSD. All three of them managed to navigate through difficult times and to succeed in life. Running helped them and now they are running to help others. They dedicated the race to all the innocent victims who lost their lives in the period from 1991 to 1995 and by doing so paid homage to the victims of Vukovar and Srebrenica. Physical and psychological preparations take place for a whole year before the sporting endeavour. Although this is a competition, there are no losers in this race.


Biljana Čakić

Biljana Čakić obtained her degree from the Zagreb Academy of Visual Arts. In 1992, she made her first war-related documentary Maja II. Her documentary cycle Killing Fields (1999/2000) was made as a result of her collaboration with the Association of the Families of Missing Croatian Soldiers and POWs. A year later, she completed the multi-award winning film The Boy Who Rushed, documenting her search for the missing brother. In 2007, she directed the docufiction Zagorka and in 2011 her first feature-length fiction Step by Step. Her film Jazz Apartment (or How the Last Minute Open Jazz Festival Came to Be), co-directed with Tomislav Lovro Pavlek in 2012, was presented at 2013 ZagrebDox.

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2016, 45'

Directed by:
Biljana Čakić

Screenplay by:
Srećko Karić, Biljana Čakić

Dragica Posavec, Filip Tot

Edited by:
Monika Drahotuski

Petar Milić, Darija Kulenović Gudan, Marina Andree Škop

Produced by:
Hommage produkcija