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by Branko Schmidt


25 years from the Homeland War, Croatia is far from the ideal of the then veterans, now disgruntled men silenced with pensions. Impoverished, depopulated, corrupt. A few war veterans are brought back together by an idea of a Museum of Homeland Thanksgiving in the old Paromlin building in Zagreb city centre. As construction has been halted, the veterans take over Paromlin. They respond to the police with threats of gas cylinders, and to the special forces with threats of weapons. An ex commander promises them a new location for the Museum, but they are played once again. The young men who took to defending the veterans, deeply disappointed by the way the authorities are treating the men who created Croatia, turn to the extreme right.

international title: Once We Were Good for You
original title: A bili smo vam dobri
country: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
year: 2021
genre: fiction
directed by: Branko Schmidt
film run: 72'
screenplay: Sandra Antolic, Branko Schmidt, Ognjen Sviličić
cast: Rene Bitorajac, Milivoj Beader, Nikša Butijer, Slaven Knezović, Nela Kocis, Goran Navojec, Rakan Rushaidat, Dražen Šivak, Pasko Vukasovic
cinematography by: Dario Hacek
film editing: Hrvoje Mršić
music: Damir Avdic
producer: Stanislav Babic
production: Telefilm, Kazališno filmska udruga Oktavijan
distributor: Blitz Films & Video Distribution

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