BESA

By Srdjan KARANOVIC

FILM HOUSE BAS CELIK - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2010

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

    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • SERBIA
    • Languages
    • SERBIAN
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 108 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Srdjan KARANOVIC
    • Writer(s)
    • Srdjan KARANOVIC
    • Producer(s)
    • Jelena MITROVIC (FILM HOUSE BAS CELIK), Danijel HOCEVAR (Emotion Film), Cedomir KOLAR (ASAP Films), Denes SZEKERES (Tivoli Film), Dragan DJURKOVIC (Vision TEAM)
    • Synopsis
    • At the very beginning of the First World War, Philip, a Serb and headmaster of a grammar school in the Serbian provinces, receives a summons to go to Belgrade immediately to collect the wartime school schedule. He has no one with whom to leave his wife Leah, an attractive young Slovenian whom he met while at university in Western Europe, and who is the rhythmics and dance teacher. Azem, an illiterate and patriarchal Albanian, the school caretaker, gives his Besa (in the Albanian tradition: one's firm, 'hard' word, given on one's honour and one's life) that he will look after Leah and that nothing will happen to her. Two Europeans from totally different cultures are forced into an uncomfortable life together in the deserted school. Will Leah and Azem succeed in overcoming class, social, cultural and ethnic barriers that face them? Will this sincere and passionate love actually be stronger than Azem's firmly given word..?
    • Partners & financing
    • Vision Team, Serbia
      Film Center Serbia
      A.S.A.P. Films, France
      Fonds Sud
      Emotion Film, Slovenia
      Arkadena Zagreb, Croatia
    • Production schedule
    • Project is in development status
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