Svećenikova djeca (The Priest’s children), a Croatian comedy film about a priest from a Dalmatian island who in order to increase the islands birth rate starts punching holes in condom packets, has become a hit at the Box Office in Brazil….
More than 30,000 viewers have watched the Vinko Brešan directed film at cinemas across Brazil since the film went into distribution there. Besides Brazil, Svećenikova djeca has also been distributed in a number of other countries around the world. Earlier this month the film starting showing in cinemas across Italy, with Sweden, Denmark, Hungary, Germany, Poland and South Korea next on the list.
The film, written by Mate Matišić, had the most successful opening in 22 years in Croatia when it first screened last year, and had over 158,000 viewers. It was also nominated for a European Film Academy award.
For the first time since 2004, a Croatian film is up for a European Oscar…
Not since Arsen Ostojić’s A Wonderful Night in Split (Ta divna splitska noć) nearly a decade ago, has Croatia had a contender for the prestigious European Film Academy award, but this weekend it was announced that Vinko Brešan’s hit comedy The Priest’s Children (Svećenikova djeca) is up for an award in the newly created ‘Best European Comedy’ category.
The Priest’s Children becomes just the third Croatian film up for a European Oscar, after Fragments: Chronicle of a Vanishing (Krhotine, 1991) and A Wonderful Night in Split (2004). The Priest’s Children, written by Mate Matišić and directed by Vinko Bresan, is a story about a young priest on a Dalmatian island who, in order to increase the birth rate in the village, begins to punch holes in condom packets. The film had the most successful opening in 22 years in Croatia.
Hit Croatian comedy “Svecenikova djeca” (The Priest’s Children), which set box office records in Croatia when it was released early this year, has now attracted international attention, with German, Irish and French production companies interested in buying the rights to the film.
As daily newspaper Jutarnji list reports, the most interesting offer is from French production and distribution company Wild Bunch, whose film production portfolio includes Oscar-winning films ‘King’s Speech’ and ‘The Artist’. The paper reports that Wild Bunch’s American branch would be interested in filming the movie with Sacha Baron Cohen, aka Borat, in the lead role.
Svecenikova djeca, written by Mate Matisic and directed by Vinko Bresan, is a story about a young priest on a Dalmatian island who, in order to increase the birth rate in the village, begins to punch holes in condom packets. The film had the most successful opening in 22 years in Croatia.