Besa – Solemn Promise
Srđan Karanović

Synopsis

In the beginning of World War I, Filip, a Serbian headmaster of a primary school, is drafted. He has trouble leaving Lea, his
Slovenian wife, since they have just recently moved to the village. Azem, the school caretaker, swears a besa (an Albanian oath, sworn on life itself), that he will take care of Lea. Coming from completely different cultures and environments, the Catholic Lea and Muslim Azem are forced to live together. The relationship between them slowly develops into an unexpected and forbidden love.

director's statement

Besa is an exciting, unusual, fierce and sometimes even funny story about two people who had absolutely nothing in common except their feelings. The film is conceived as a subtle, intimate love story, which takes place in the former multi-ethnic Kingdom of Serbia. Except for the beginning and end, the film unfolds inside an empty school. The inevitable – and intentional – claustrophobia contributes considerably to the dramatic tension and desired development of the story, while certain situations and rituals in the film are repeated rhythmically…
Srđan Karanović, director and writer

Crew

director and screenwriter
producer
 
 
 
 
Marc Bascehet
 
Denes Szekeres
 
Dragan Djurković
 
executive producer
Igor Kecman
director of photography
music by
Zoran Simjanović
editor
Branka Čeperac
 
Mateja Rackov
sound designer
sound mixer
sound recordist
Nenad Vukadinović
production designer
Goran Joksimović
costume designer
Saša Kuljaća
make up artist
Tina Šubic Dodočić

Actors

Lea
Azem
Predrag Miki Manojlović
Filip
Nebojša Dugalić
Poročnik
Radivoje Bukvić
Sluga
Radivoj Knežević
Učiteljica
Ana Kostovska

Data

Year
2009
Genre
feature
Film format 
35 mm 
Video format 
35mm 
Lenght 24fps 
108'08'' 
Length 25fps 
103'49'' 
Sound 
Dolby Digital SR-D 
aspect ratio 
1,85:1 
color 
color 
language 
srbski 
translation 
slovensko 
 
 

produced by

Filmska kuća Baš Čelik

Gospodar jevremova 35/9
11000 Beograd
Srbija / Serbia

Tel.: +381 11303 4441 / 303 4486 / 328 6980 / 328 3691
Fax: +381 11 328 3691
jelena@bascelik.net


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Arkadena Zagreb

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10000 Zagreb
Hrvaška / Croatia


financed by

Filmski centar Srbije

Slovenski filmski center

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SI - 1000 Ljubljana
Slovenija / Slovenia

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F: +386 (0)1 23 43 219
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Direction des affaires européennes et internationales (DAEI)
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75116 Paris


Hungarian Motion Picture Public Fundation

Ministarstvo kulture Republike Hrvatske

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