Solemn Promise

Solemn Promise  {Besa}
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Solemn Promise
Besa
Serbia, 2010, 108 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Slovenia / France / Hungary / Croatia
US Premiere
Topics: Drama, History, Romance, War
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Serbian English Sub-Titles

At the very beginning of the First World War, Filip, the school principal in a small Serbian town, is summoned urgently to Belgrade to serve in the war effort. He has no one to leave his wife Lea with. She is a pretty, young Slovenian woman, a teacher of music and dance, whom he met while studying in Western Europe. The school custodian Azem, an illiterate, patriarchal Albanian Muslim, gives Filip his solemn oath, his “Besa” that he will look after Lea and see to it that nothing harms her.

In the Albanian tradition, when someone gives their word, this sacred bond must be kept even if one must endanger their life in the process. Thus, Lea and Azem, from two entirely different cultures and of completely different habits, are forced into an awkward cohabitation in the empty school. While war rages in the background and becomes menacingly close, their interaction evolves from intolerance to an unusual friendship. Veteran director/writer Karanovic draws strong performances from Iva Kranjc as the fiery wife and Miki Manojlovic as the dignified but fierce servant.

DIRECTOR: Srdjan Karanovic
Producer: Srdan Golubovic, Jelena Mitrovic
Editor: Branka Ceperac, Mateja Rackov
Screenwriter: Srdjan Karanovic
Cinematographer: Slobodan Trninic
Music: Zoran Simjanovic
Principal Cast: Miki Manojlovic, Iva Krajnc, Nebojsa Dugalic, Radivoje Bukvic
Filmography: Loving Glances (2003), Virgina (1991), A Film with No Name (1988), Hard to Swallow (1985), Petria’s Wreath (1980)
Print Source: Soul Food - www.soulfoodfilms.com


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