Director: Rajko Grlić
Writer(s): Ante Tomić, Rajko Grlić
Cast: Nebojša Glogovac, Dejan Aćimović, Ksenija Marinković
Awards: Winner of The Montreal World Film Festival’s Grand Prize of the Americas
Running Time: 93 minutes
Back by popular demand, please join us for a special three-day run of Rajko Grlić’s THE CONSTITUTION. Following a sold out premiere in November, the Athena has brought back the film for a limited engagement. The film could not be more timely.
Four very different people live in the same building but avoid each other because of differences in how they live their lives, what they believe in, and where they come from. They would probably never exchange a word, but misfortune pushes them towards each other. Their lives entangle in ways that profoundly challenge deep-held beliefs and prejudices surrounding material status, sexual orientation, nationality and religion.
Slowly, and even painfully, they begin to open up to each other and recognize the essential humanity each of them possesses.
Director Rajko Grlić, Ohio eminent scholar in film, was awarded The Montreal World Film Festival’s prestigious Grand Prize of the Americas, the top award of the festival, for his feature film The Constitution (Ustav Republike Hrvatske) which he directed and co-wrote with Ante Tomić.
“This immensely bold and brutally honest top-notch melodrama produced on a modest scale, which contains Grlic’s trademarks as dramatic conflict explored with intense emotional investment, seasoned with a refined sense of humor, skillfully deals with once again increasing intolerance in Croatia, yet its intelligent, deeply profound and insightful multilayered texture goes far beyond local, addressing an urgent global problem. Grlic’s polished and subtle directing evokes the best pieces of Douglas Sirk or Rainer Werner Fassbinder.” – FilmFestival.com