Croatia will submit Cowboys for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Each year at the Oscar’s an award is handed out to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue. Croatia has submitted 23 films since 1992, but none have gone on to be short-listed and nominated by the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but Mršić will be hoping that Cowboys becomes the first.
In Cowboys, which set box office records in Croatia, theatre director Sasha returns from the big city to his home town where he is offered to re-start the neglected local theater. The problem is that the city does not have any actors. After they advertise auditions for a new show, five very interesting candidates show up. Their only common ground in the field of culture is the Western genre – so the director and his new ensemble decide to stage a Western. The lead roles in the film are played by Saša Anočić, Živko Anočić, Hrvoje Barišić, Kruno Klabučar, Rakan Rushaidat, Radovan Ruždjak, Ivana Rushaidat, Matija Antolić and Nina Erak.