Serbia and Croatia send local hits to the Oscars
by Vladan Petkovic
- Serbia has selected the box-office smash See You in Montevideo, while Croatia has opted for the play adaptation Cowboys
Serbia and Croatia have announced their submissions for the Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award.
The choice of the Serbian Academy of Film Arts and Sciences is Dragan Bjelogrlić’s See You in Montevideo. The Intermedia Network film, guest-starring Armand Assante, is a story about the Yugoslav football team’s participation in the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay. It is a sequel to Bjelogrlić’s Montevideo, Taste of a Dream, which was also Serbia’s Oscar submission in 2011.
The two films amassed more than one million admissions in the territory, with the sequel reaching 498,500 tickets to gross €1.5 million.
On the other hand, the Croatian Filmmakers’ Association selected Tomislav Mršić's Cowboys [+see also:
film profile], a reworking of a hugely popular theatre play that attracted over 100,000 viewers in the country. The film, staged by production company Kabinet, was not that successful, however, taking 33,471 admissions and grossing €118,833 at the box office, although it did win the Golden Gate Audience Award at the 2013 Pula Film Festival.