It is Christmas Eve in 1943 in a village in Serbia and the Chetniks tend to two pilots from a downed American plane. Since nobody in the village speaks English, the Chetniks think that this is a delegation from the allies, while the pilots believe they are among the Partisans. The misunderstanding becomes tragic when it starts a series of events ending in bloodshed on the greatest Orthodox holiday.
Đorđe Kadijević, Aleksandar Petković
Director of Photography
Vuksan Lukovac, Asja Sofić
Kino Klub Beograd
Jovan Janićijević, Anka Zupanc, Dušan Janićijević, Velimir “Bata” Živojinović, Janez Vrhovec, Rastko Tadić, Zaim Muzaferija, Alan Duff, Getachew Tadesse, Dragomir Felba
Đorđe Kadijević was born in 1933 in Šibenik. He graduated in Art History at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. Since 1960, he has been in art history and art theory, art criticism, and film and television directing. He is the author of five feature films, six television films, four television series and ten short fiction and documentary films. The Feast (1967), the first film he both wrote and directed, was made in a time when the national cinematography saw partisan films as a genre in its own right. Although the story is set during World War II, there are no Partisans among the protagonists. Kadijević continued his subversive approach to war and occupation in The Trek (1968) and Žarki (1970). Colonel’s Wife (1970) is the last film where he tackles the issue of individual destinies in the chaos of war and disintegration of society. Further in his career, he made mostly television films, usually literary adaptations of local authors, including the adaptation of the epic poem Bolani Dojčin (1972). His period pieces, television film The Death of Karađorđe (1983) and series Vuk Karadžić (1987) shaped the image of great people from national history of the nineteenth century in the minds of a wide television audience. The television film The She-Butterfly (1973), based on the prose by Milovan Glišić, is considered the first horror film in national cinematography. The film A Holy Place (1990) explores the dark side of sexuality, and Kadijević returns to the genre of horror once again.