30/05/2009 05:00


Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, 2009, 120 min.
Director: Srđan Dragojević
Cast: Lazar Ristovski, Nataša Janjić, Milutin Milošević, Bora Todorović, Zoran Cvijanović, Dragan Nikolić

St. George Shoots the Dragon, the latest film directed by a well known Serbian director Srđan Dragojević, will be shown at the Cinema City festival, within the National Class selection.

The film takes us to year 1914 and to a village on the banks of river Sava, which is the natural border with the then mighty Austro-Hungarian Empire. The village is divided into two opposing camps: whole and healthy men on the one side and on the other the wounded and the crippled from the two previous Balkan wars. The story develops into an unfortunate love triangle among a young war invalid, a local policeman and his wife and ends in the manner of a Greek tragedy.

St. George Shoots the Dragon is based on the play written in 1984 by Dušan Kovačević. The play was in turn based on a true story. Dušan Kovačević said: ‘I heard the story from my grandfather Cvetko Kovačević. He was a young boy during the Cer battle but his duty was to drive the ox cart which transported the wounded to field hospitals. He grew up surrounded by death so that later wars and suffering came as no particular surprise to him. He told me the story in a few curt sentences.’

Srđan Dragojević earned his reputation with his début We are Not Angels in 1992. Sequel of the film was done in 2005. The teen comedy was followed by a war drama Pretty Village, Pretty Flame based on the text by Vanja Bulić. His next project was film The Wounds in1998, which painted an unforgettable picture of a society in the aftermath of a war.

At the Cinema City festival the film will be competing for the awards in the following categories: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Photography and Best Editing.