Border Post

Directed by Rajko Grlić

Feature film, 2006, 91′

At a small border-post on the Yugoslav-Albanian frontier, yet another generation of soldiers suffering the usual amount of boredom awaits the end of their service, counting the days until the moment when they will take their uniforms off for good. It is the spring of 1987 and it never even crosses their mind that they would, in fact, put them back on quite soon and go to war. These were the last days of the country called Yugoslavia. Yet no one knew that at the time. The daily routine of the army is disrupted by unusual circumstances. Frustrated and always drunk, lieutenant Safet Pasic feels a strange pain in his groins. He seeks help from the only doctor among the soldiers, Sinisa Sircevic, who finds out, very discretely, that it’s a sexually transmitted disease. Not wanting his wife to know about it and trying to find excuses why not to go home, Pasic declares a state of emergency, claiming that the Albanian army is preparing an attack against Yugoslavia. The joke transforms into war hysteria: soldiers dig trenches, Pasic grows wilder as days go by, Sinisa embarks on a dangerous liaison, and his best friend Ljuba Paunovic makes an unconditional decision to leave the army. The situation slowly runs out of control…

Written byRajko Grlić, Ante Tomić (based upon the novel by Ante Tomić “Nothing Can Suprise Us”)
Producers Ademir Kenović, Vladimir Anastasov, Danijel Hočevar, Zoran Cvijanović & Milko Josifov, Boris T. Matić, Mirko Galić, Mike Downey & Sam Taylor
Production companies Refresh Production (BA), Vertigo/Emotionfilm (SI), Sektor Film (MK), Propeler Film (HR), NP7 (HR), Hrvatska radio televizija (HR), Yodi MOvie Craftsman (RS), Film & Music Entertainment (UK)
Coproduction companies Pioneer Pictures (HU), Cine-sud Promoetion (FR)
Cast Toni Gojanović, Sergej Trifunović, Emir Hadžihafizbegović, Verica Nedeska, Bogdan Diklić, Miodrag Fišeković, Franjo Dijak, Hrvoje Kečkeš, Halid Bešlić
Director of photography Slobodan Trninić h.f.s
Editor Andrija Zafranović
Sanja Ilić
Set designers Goran Joksimović, Kemal Hrustanović, Kiril Spaseski
Costume designer Sabina Buždon
Sound Nenad Vukadinović

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Festivals and awards

Warsaw International Film Festival 2006 - Nominee Central and Eastern Europe Award
Trieste Film Festival 2007
- Winner Audience award
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2006
- Nominee Golden Seashell
Pula Film Festival 2006
- Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Emir Hadzihafizbegović)
Hamburg Film Festival 2006
- Nominee Audience Award
Film by the Sea International Film Festival 2007
- Winner Film and Literature Award
Festróia- Tróia International Film Festival 2007
- Winner FIPRESCI Prize; Winner Golden Dolphin; Winner Silver Dolphin

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