Croatian Film Wins the Grand Prix at the Montreal World Film Festival

By 6 September 2016

Croatia’s most anticipated movie of the year “Ustav Republike Hrvatske” (“The Croatian Constitution") won - by a unanimous decision of the jury - the "Grand Prix of America" award for best film at the prestigious Montreal World Film Festival. The cash prize given was 100,000 US Dollars.

The 40th edition of the Montreal World Film Festival was held from August 25 - September 5. The festival was an allocation of 22 films from around the world, and among them, the most noted Croatian film by doyen Rajko Grlić - "Ustav Republike Hrvatske".


The Montreal World Film Festival is the only competitive festival of “A Category” in North America and is recognized by the International Organization of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).


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“Ustav Republike Hrvatske” is a love story of hatred inspired by the real Croatian public. The film tells a story that reveals all of our intolerances, prejudices and hatred towards diversity. A story of courage, “Ustav Republike Hrvatske” sends a message that you must try to be yourself in spite of all loves.


“Four very different people live in the same building but avoid each other because of differences in how they live their lives, what they believe in, and where they come from. They would probably never exchange a word, but misfortune pushes them towards each other. Their lives entangle in ways that profoundly challenge deep-held beliefs and prejudices surrounding material status, sexual orientation, nationality and religion. Slowly, and even painfully, they begin to open up to each other and recognize the essential humanity each of them possesses,” states the film synopsis on the film’s website.


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The film stars renowned Serbian actor Nebojša Glogovac, with his role in the film the most complex of his career. Glogovac stars in the film as a retired professor who then declares himself homosexual and transvestite. Glogovac acts beside Ksenija Marinković, Dejan Aćimović and Božidar Smiljanić, with the script written by Ante Tomić and Rajko Grlić.


This award at the prestigious film festival is an excellent invitation to the Croatian public, with the film opening in theatres on October 6, 2016.


You can find more information on the film’s website.