Sonja and the Bull

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  • 2012
  • 103' / 106'
  • DCP
  • color
  • romantic comedy
  • debut feature
  • Orig. Title: Sonja i bik

A truck stops at the border between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina: four men are transporting  Garonja the bull to a pre-arranged bullfight in Croatia. They do not have the necessary documents, but Stipe, Garonja’s owner, comes up with a solution: they will let Garonja graze freely, and cross the border on his own. Who will request a passport from a dumb animal? Sonja, a staunch vegetarian and animal-rights activist from Zagreb, is a passionate opponent of bullfighting. The rural population of Zagora react badly when she accuses them of cruelty to bulls on national TV. They insist that Sonja knows nothing about bullfighting, and furthermore, she would never have the guts to face Garonja the bull in the arena. Stipe, convinced that she’s a coward, bets his balls on this. His bizarre wager puts Sonja in a near-impossible position. But her main challenge comes, not from the bullring, but from Ante, the son of the top bullfight organizer, and an insurance agent known for his powers of persuasion.

Director
Vlatka Vorkapić
Screenplay
Vlatka Vorkapić, Elvis Bošnjak
Cinematography
Dragan Marković
Editing
Marin Juranić
Art Direction
Tanja Lacko
Cast
Judita Franković, Goran Bogdan, Dejan Aćimović, Ivo Gregurević, Elvis Bošnjak, Barbara Prpić
Producer
Ivan Maloča
Production
Interfilm
Co-production
Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT)

Vlatka Vorkapić (1969) studied film and TV directing at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. She is an independent artist, screenwriter and director. Vorkapić has directed over 20 award-winning documentary films, two short films, including Driver’s Licence (1992) as well as several stage plays, of which the best known are Judith French and Oblak-vila.

Croatian film catalogue