Antun Vrdoljak – The Retrospective

Antun Vrdoljak (born 4th June 1931) is a prominent Croatian film actor and director. He's best known for movies Long Dark Night (2004), Glembajevi (1988) and Cyclops (1982). Mostar Film Festival will screen his retrospective concluded with movies The Pine Tree In The Mountain, Glembays and H-8.

THE PINE TREE IN THE MOUNTAIN / Croatia / 1971 / 94min

Director:  Antun Vrdoljak
Script: Ivan Sibl, Antun Vrdoljak
Cast: Boris Dvornik, Rade Šerbedžija, Fabijan Šovagović, Ivica Vidović, Charles Millot, Mate Ergović, Ilija Ivezić, Nikola Kole Angelovski 

Short Synopsis

A party commissioner Ivica is sent to the lowland village in purpose of monitoring the partisan batch, made up of locals. Regardless of disagreements with their leader Dikan, they befriend and plan to evacuate the chief headquarters. Dikan also sees the opportunity to have his personal revenge on an Ustasha officer, responsible for death of one of his men.

GLEMBAYS / Croatia / 1988 / 94min

Director:  Antun Vrdoljak
Script: Miroslav Krleža, Antun Vrdoljak
Cast: Mustafa Nadarević, Ena Begović, Tonko Lonza, Bernarda Oman, Matko Raguž, Žarko Potočnjak, Pavle Bogdanović 

Short Synopsis

Glembays of Zagreb are the rich family cursed with tragedies and haunted by sinister past. Leone Glembay, rebellious son of family patriarch, is disgusted with hypocrisy, perversion and crime that runs in the family.

H-8 / Croatia / 1958 / 94min

Director:  Nikola Tanhofer
Script: Zvonimir Berković, Tomislav Butorac
Cast: Boris Buzančić, Đurđa Ivezić, Antun Vrdoljak, Vanja Drach, Stane Sever, Marija Kohn, Mira Nikolić, Mia Oremović, Fabijan Šovagović, Pero Kvrgić

Short Synopsis

A bus and a truck are moving towards each other along a two-way traffic highway on a rainy day. At the very beginning we learn that a reckless driver of another car will cause them to collide while trying to pass the bus; we even learn what seats will spell doom for their occupants. The rest of the movie follows two streams of events on the bus and on the truck, getting us to know and like a wide variety of characters, wondering which ones will end up being casualties and holding breath for our favourites. The epilogue brings some more surprises...