Crni (27) a boxer of a periphery Zagreb club, flees the Yugoslav Army in 1990 because he had not been given a wire informing him of his mother’s death. He returns to his hometown and bumps into the wedding of his former girlfriend, Lidija and a local bully and a coffee bar owner Boss. With a help of his friend Škrga, the car mechanic, Crni becomes involved in cigarette smuggling without realizing that by doing so he threatens the same and already expanded Boss’s business. His coach Kirby, a local policeman who protects him form the military police and with whom Crni has a undefined, but a special relationship, persuades him to start boxing again. Faced with the brutality of her husband, Lidija leaves him. She is later killed in Crni’s house, following a complicated situation. The only witness of the murder is Zrik, a sixteen year-old apprentice of Škrga, who is a kind of a vantage point of the whole film.
HAIFA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Israel,1999
- GRAND PRIX "GOLDEN ANCHOR"
WORLDFEST-FLAGSTAFF, USA, 1999
- THE BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM AWARD
MEDFILM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Italy, 1999
- GRAND PRIX "AMORE E PSICHE"
pULA FILM FESTIVAL, 1999
- GOLDEN GATE OF PULA- AUDIENCE AWARD
- GOLDEN ARENA FOR BEST DIRECTOR
- GOLDEN ARENA FOR BEST SCREENPLAY
- GOLDEN ARENA FOR BEST EDITING
- GOLDEN ARENA FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - ANTE VICAN
VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, official competition, italy, 1999
CROATIAN REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE 72th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS (OSCAR)
LJUBLJANA FILM FESTIVAL, Slovenia, 1999
PALM SPRINGS INT. FILM FESTIVAL, USA, 2000
FEST, INT. FILM FESTIVAL in Belgrade, 2000
GOTEBORG FILM FESTIVAL, Sweden, 2000