The Priest’s Children

The Priest’s Children  {Svecenikova djeca}
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The Priest’s Children
Svecenikova djeca
Croatia, 2013, 93 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Serbia
Topics: Black Comedy, Comedy, Religion
Program: Modern Masters
Language: Croatian English Sub-Titles

When a naïve Catholic clergyman tries to boost the birth rate among his Dalmatian island flock, his plan sparks a host of unintended consequences. This acerbic satire from director Vinko Bresan (known - and loved - for using humor to approach sensitive historical and cultural topics) was Croatia’s top-grossing production of the year.

In the spirit of the Church’s stance on birth control, Father Fabijan decides to pierce the prophylactics sold at a harbor-side kiosk in order to increase the island’s birth rate. To make the plan more effective, Fabijan and the kiosk vendor join forces with a crazed pharmacist willing to substitute vitamins for birth-control pills. Sure enough, the birth rate skyrockets and Fabijan’s church is chock-a-block with pregnant brides. As Bresan pokes fun at hot-button ethical issues in highly cinematic, jauntily paced fashion, the film’s tone smoothly shifts from blithe comedy to sardonic absurdity to melancholic irony.

DIRECTOR: Vinko Bresan
Producer: Ivan Maloca, Lazar Ristovski
Editor: Sandra Botica Bresan
Screenwriter: Mate Matisic
Cinematographer: Mirko Pivcevic
Music: Mate Matisic
Principal Cast: Kresimir Mikic, Niksa Butijer, Marija Skaricic, Drazen Kuhn, Jadranka Dokic, Lazar Ristovski
Filmography: Will Not End Here (2008)
Witnesses (2003)
Marsal (1999)
How the War Started on My Island (1996)
Print Source: Adopt Films

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