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by Bobo Jelčić


The death of an old friend plunges Slavko into a dilemma. He is unsure whether he, a Croat, should attend the funeral in the Muslim part of Mostar. On the one hand, he feels like it’s his duty; on the other, he fears a hostile reaction from his own community. His wife is angry and his son is equally sick of his well-worn monologues. At odds with themselves and plagued by divisions: the man and his city have something in common. This psychological study is based on the fact that nearly two decades after the war, Mostar is still divided.

international title: A Stranger
original title: Obrana i zaštita
country: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Bobo Jelčić
film run: 87'
screenplay: Bobo Jelčić
cast: Bogdan Diklić, Nada Djurevska
cinematography by: Erol Zubcevic
film editing: Ivana Fumić
art director: Mario Ivezić
costumes designer: Sanja Dzeba
music: Bobo Jelčić
producer: Zdenka Gold, Tomislav Bubalo
co-producer: Josip Popovac, Tomislav Topić
production: Spiritus Movens d.o.o., Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT), Produkcija Kadar

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