BESA

By Srdjan KARANOVIC

SOUL FOOD FILMS - as SALES All rights, World

Drama - Completed 2010

Unexpected and forbiden love between Christian woman and a Muslim man threatens to bring into question a life or death oath

    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • SERBIA, SLOVENIA, HUNGARY
    • Languages
    • SERBIAN
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 105 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Srdjan KARANOVIC
    • Writer(s)
    • Srdjan KARANOVIC
    • Producer(s)
    • Jelena MITROVIC (BAS CELIK), Dane HOCEVAR (VERTIGO FILM), Denes SZEKERES (ASAP FILM), Srdan GOLUBOVIC (BAS CELIK)
    • Synopsis
    • At the very beginning of the First World War, FILIP, a Serb and the principal of a gymnasium in a small Serbian town, is summoned urgently to Belgrade to serve in the war effort. He has no one to leave his wife, LEA, with. She is a young and pretty Slovenian woman, a teacher of rhythmics and dance he met while studying in Western Europe. AZEM, an illiterate, patriarchal Albanian, the school custodian, gives Filip his solemn oath, his ‘Besa’ (in the Albanian tradition: when someone gives their word which must be kept even if they lose their life in the process) that he would look after Lea and see to it that nothing happened to her. Two Europeans, from two entirely different cultures and habits are forced to an awkward cohabitation in the empty school. While the war rages in the background and gets menacingly closer, their interaction develops from hatred, through intolerance, to tolerance and an unusual friendship.
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