Successful actress Zrinka Cvitešić made room in her busy schedule for this week’s formal premiere of My Beautiful Country. Our most famous actress at the moment, who currently lives in London, visited Zagreb for the weekend after a long absence, in order to attend the premiere of the latest film in which she stars, directed by Michaela Kezele.
The screening was held in front of a full auditorium of Kino Europa and it brought the house down.
My Beautiful Country is a story about an impossible love, lost childhood and an invisible enemy that keeps claiming its victims long after the war. Young Serbian widow Danica (Zrinka Cvitešić) is living with her two sons on the Serbian side of the river Ibar. When a wounded UCK soldier Ramiz (Mišel Matičević) takes refuge in her house, Danica must decide whether to help him or to turn him over to Serbian forces. Nonetheless, she decides to help him, knowing she is endangering both herself and her children.
The bond between Zrinka and this film by a young first-time director Michaela Kezele (German director of Croatian descent) is very strong, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that she listed it as one of the favorite projects she has worked on.
The film is a result of a German-Croatian-Serbian co-production (Sperlproductions, Maxima film, Atalanta) and it will be released theatrically on 16 March in Muller hall of Kino Europa and in a network of independent Croatian cinemas, courtesy of 2i Film.