- In Retrospect
- EU Youth Cinema
- CEE FILMS
Statistics show that train drivers will be unintentionally responsible for the death of approximately 20 people over their working lives. Ilija, responsible for 28 corpses, holds a ghastly record. However, apart from a few psychologists, there is little interest in his case. After all, it couldn’t be Ilija’s fault that people decide to throw themselves in front of his train. Still, he sends flowers to the families of the deceased after each accident – that’s common courtesy. One day a little boy, about ten years old, refuses to leave the tracks during his play. In the nick of time Ilija manages to stop the speeding train to save the child’s life. After it is revealed that he has no family, Ilija adopts the boy into his own home to take care of him. Everything is going well until the boy decides to become a train driver himself, just like his adoptive father – an idea that Ilija does not approve of at all. Miloš Radović’s refreshing comedy is a charming, witty approach to a serious subject. The moving story, enriched with irresistible protagonists, is served with a large portion of black humour. It isn’t surprising that the film won several awards, including the Audience Award of the Moscow International Film Festival, as well as the Young Audience Award in Sarajevo.
Lazar Ristovski, Petar Korać, Pavle Erić
Feature Film Competition
22.03. Serbian with Germ. sub., 23.03. Serbian with Engl. sub.