COWBOYS

KAUBOJI

By Tomislav MRSIC

CROATIAN AUDIOVISUAL CENTRE - as FIN / PROMO

First film - Completed 2013

Six men, one woman (and her brother) gather with one goal – to put on a stage play. This is no ordinary story of show-business and art.

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • First film, Comedy
    • Countries
    • CROATIA
    • Languages
    • CROATIAN
    • Duration
    • 105 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Tomislav MRSIC
    • Writer(s)
    • Tomislav MRSIC
    • Synopsis
    • Six men, one woman (and her brother) gather with one goal – to put on a stage play. This is no ordinary story of show-business and art, however, because this particular theatre company is an assembly of antiheroes, drifting aimlessly, seemingly lost in space and time, in a small town where even the Sun seems to set in the east. Under the guidance of theatre director Sasa, this company of socially maladjusted amateur actors must fight their demons and overcome prejudice – within the community and within themselves. They decide to base their play on the classic Hollywood western. As they embrace the stereotypes of the genre – the fight between good and evil, the clash between civilisation and the wilderness – the actors develop their stories, inevitably influencing and changing each other. As time passes, the play no longer feels like an impossible mission; the actors start to view it as a metaphor for their own destinies, and grasp it as the opportunity of a lifetime. The play offers them a chance to finish something – perhaps for the first time ever – and to enjoy success for the first time in their lives. Beneath the deceptively simple surface of this enjoyable comedy lies a heartfelt critique of modern society. Never afraid to hit a deserving target, Cowboys is a punch in the belly of hypocrisy, social convention and artistic pretension.
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