In The Land of Wonders

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  • HR, HU
  • 2009
  • 93'
  • 35 mm
  • color
  • drama
  • Orig. Title: U zemlji čudesa

The story, which moves between rural Bosnia and Zagreb, begins in the Bosnian wasteland, where NATO troops carry out their military training and a girl named Alica collects old grenade shell fragments with her uncle. He trades fragments illegally and hides the illicit goods in his niece’s room. The story is set in the ironically named “land of wonders”: a ravaged landscape, contaminated by war, suffering, fear and depleted uranium. This “wonderland” serves as a backdrop for a unique anti-fairytale, drawing on a diverse range of storytelling traditions.

Director
Dejan Šorak
Screenplay
Dejan Šorak
Cinematography
Vjekoslav Vrdoljak, h.f.s.
Editing
Veljko Segarić
Art Direction
Mario Ivezić
Costume Design
Doris Kristić
Music
Mate Matišić
Cast
Marija Stjepanović, Franjo Kuhar, Dora Lipovčan, Borko Perić, Goran Bogdan, Nataša Janjić, Rene Gjoni, Marija Škaričić
Producer
Ivan Maloča
Production
Interfilm
Production
Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT), Tivoli-Filmprodukció (HU)

Dejan Šorak (1954) graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb in 1978. He directed several feature films, television films and documentaries, as well as theatrical productions and radio dramas. He is also the author of novels and short stories. His award-winning features The Time of Warriors (1991), Garcia (1999) and Two Players from the Bench (2005) were shown at many international film festivals.

Croatian film catalogue