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Bosnia takes Men Don't Cry to the Karlovy Vary Competition

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- Alen Drljević's first film features an all-star Balkan male acting team including Leon Lučev, Boris Isaković and Emir Hadžihafizbegović

Bosnia takes Men Don't Cry to the Karlovy Vary Competition
Men Don't Cry by Alen Drljević

Bosnian filmmaker Alen Drljević's first fiction feature, Men Don't Cry [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Alen Drljević
film profile
]
, will screen in the Karlovy Vary Film Festival's International Competition this year. The film features an all-star team of thesps from the male Balkan acting scene, including Croatia's Leon Lučev (The Black Pin [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ivan Marinovic
film profile
]
Circles
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Nikola Rakocevic
interview: Srdan Golubovic
festival scope
film profile
]
) and Ivo Gregurević (Ungiven [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
The Reaper
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Zvonimir Jurić
film profile
]
), Serbia's Boris Isaković (Requiem for Mrs. J. [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Bojan Vuletić
film profile
]
A Good Wife
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
), Bosnia and Herzegovina's Emir Hadžihafizbegović (These Are the Rules [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
Death of a Man in the Balkans
 [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
), Boris Ler (Circus Columbia [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Danis Tanovic
film profile
]
) and Ermin Bravo (Love Island [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
), as well as Slovenia's Sebastian Cavazza (Nika [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
On the Path
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
).

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Men Don't Cry tells the story of a psychodrama workshop, set fully in a hotel in the Bosnian mountains. A group of war-scarred veterans from different sides in the Yugoslavian conflict are brought together by a peace group to share their wartime experiences, and to try to establish a degree of trust and faith between them. Emotions are highly charged as old enmities and hostilities emerge, but the participants gradually learn to overcome their divisions and achieve a kind of understanding and respect for each other, or at least a tolerance, despite all the bloodshed that has flowed between them in the past.

Drljević, who co-wrote the script with Zoran Solomun (For Those Who Can Tell No Tales [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
), broke out internationally with the 2005 EFA-nominated short Paycheck and entered the IDFA's Top Ten Movies That Matter with Carnival in 2006.

Men Don't Cry was shot by Bosnia's Erol Zubčević (Death in Sarajevo [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Danis Tanovic
film profile
]
, A Good Wife
) and edited by Croatia's Vladimir Gojun (Houston, We Have a Problem! [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Žiga Virc
film profile
]
). It was produced by Jasmila Žbanić and Damir Ibrahimović for Bosnia's Deblokada, and co-produced by Slovenia's Iridium Film, Croatia's Produkcija Živa, Germany's Manderlay Film and Serbia's This & That Production, with the participation of ZDF/Arte and Bosnia's national broadcaster, Federal TV. 

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