SAINT GEORGE SHOOTS THE DRAGON
The project is supported by European fond EURIMAGES in July 2007.
Production company :: SAINT GEORGE SHOOTS THE DRAGON
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OSKAR FILM - The Republic of Srpska - www.bl-bioskop.com
CAMERA - Bulgaria - www.camera.bg
INTERNATIONAL SALES AGENT
WILD BUNCH -France - www.wildbunch.biz
DUSAN KOVACEVIC – writer
SRDJAN DRAGOJEVIC - director
DUSAN JOKSIMOVIC – director of photography
MILJEN KREKA-KLJAKOVIC – production designer
MARINA MEDENICA – costume designer
PETAR MARKOVIC - editor
ALEKSANDAR RANĐELOVIĆ - composer
HALID REDZEBASIC – make-up artist
SVETOLIK MICA ZAJC – sound designer
MOMCHIL BOZHKOV – sound engineer
LAZAR RISTOVSKI – George
MILUTIN MILUTIN MILOSEVIC – Gavrilo
NATASA JANJIC – Katarina
BORA TODOROVIC - Aleksa
ZORAN CVIJANOVIC – Mile Vukovic
DRAGAN NIKOLIC – Priest
BORIS MILIVOJEVIC – Rajko the singer
BRANISLAV LEČIĆ – Tasic
MLADEN ANDREJEVIC – Teacher Micun
SRDJAN TIMAROV – Mikan
BOJAN ZIROVIC – Zoja
PREDRAG VASIC – Vane the orphan
SLOBODAN BODA NINKOVIC – Ninko Belotic
MILENA DRAVIC – Aunt
MILENA PREDIC – Jelena
BRANISLAV ZEREMSKI – Crooked Luka
SRDJAN MILETIC – Vojo
GORAN JEVTIC – Dane
LJUBA BANDOVIC – Baca
JURIJ COLOVIC GAGA – Trifun
NIKOLA VUJOVIC – Stanic
STEFAN DANAILOV – Minta the gypsy
NESA KRATKI KRISANOVIC – Smiljanic
BORIS SAVIJA – Young soldier
PREDRAG DAMJANOVIC – Gojko
ALEKSANDAR STOJKOVIC – Milko sergeant
MIKI KRSTOVIC - Major
DUSAN MAZALICA – Gavrilo Princip
NINA GRAHOVAC – Danka
VERICA NIKOLIC – Milanka
SANDA BALABAN – Darinka
MILAN TOMIC – Gendarme 1
VLADAN SAVIC – Gendarme 2
MILICA OSTOJIC – First sister
MIRA DJURDJEVIC – Second sister
Director Srdjan Dragojevic
Scriptwriter Dusan Kovacevic
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…I heard this story from my grandfather, Cvetko Kovacevic. As a boy, Cvetko looked after oxen during that famous Battle of Cer in 1914. Granddad transported the wounded soldiers from the front to the field hospital on an ox-drawn cart, and took the dead to the communal graveyard. He grew up with death, so didn’t view later wars and dying as anything ‘particularly special’. Granddad told me the story in a few short sentences. He said:
‘And then, out of malice and because of the evil things which were being said, they mobilized the cripples from the surrounding villages and took them straight to the front ‘as punishment.’ There was a rumor going around among the soldiers that the cripples in the village were fucking their wives while they were bleeding in the trenches. There was the threat of rebellion among the soldiers, so the high command decided that the cripples should share in the fate of the healthy men on the front. They pushed them onto the front line of battle, even though they knew in advance that they would die. Among those wretches was my own brother, lame in one leg since birth. Had a heart of gold he did. He never returned from Cer and we never found him later.’
That was all. In just a few sentences my grandfather had told me the story that resembled ancient Greek tragedies. Afterwards, I started to ask around, and from the few witnesses, who had survived two world wars and sixty years of peace, I got to know the whole story…
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Saint George Shoots the Dragon / Director’s statement
The film “Saint George and the Dragon“ is a dream that has been dreamt for a whole decade. The mere acknowledgment that we are finally so close to turning this wonderful, frightening and, above all, important dramatic text into a film makes me too sentimental and pathetic.
So I will just state the facts:
in 1998 we were close to filming “George“ – but were prevented by the rage that the film “Wounds“ caused in the then-government and by the 1999 NATO bombing
in 2001 we believed it was “a done deal“. However, that first democratic government’s key people have made exactly the same decision as the government three years earlier.
Finally, five years later, two men from the Serbian Government and the Government of the Serb Republic have decided not to act according to the statement of one of the characters of this drama “I would rather die than have something happen to me“ and to help “George“ come to life.
In June 2007, when we start filming this project that we have dreamt of for a whole decade, that will be their victory, but also the victory of the principle which is quoted with irony nowhere but in our country: persistence pays off.
Srdjan Dragojevic, director
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The year is 1914.
The place: A village in Serbia on the bank of the river Sava, the natural border with the mighty Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The population of the village is divided between two radically opposed factions - the able-bodied potential army recruits and the invalid veterans from the previous two Balkan wars. There is bitter animosity between the two groups.
Soon, at the start of the First World War, the healthy population is mobilized. The invalids left behind in the village try to take advantage of the soldiers' wives and sisters. News about this reaches the Serbian soldiers in the trenches a few days before the expected enemy attack.
To prevent a mutiny, the Serbian High Command decides to take the invalids to the front line and thus deal with "the inconvenience".
These extraordinary events, based on a true story, are the backdrop for an ill-fated love triangle between a young war invalid, a local policeman and his wife, that ends in a way that resembles an ancient Greek tragedy.
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