Danilo Serbedzija film centers on family, poverty

PRAGUE — Croatia has submitted helmer-scribe Danilo Serbedzija’s “72 Days” as its Oscar foreign-language entry, opting for a small-town comedy that centers on family loyalty, the strains of poverty and copious amounts of home-brewed alcohol.

Pic portrays the dilemmas wrought by the delivery of a pension for gran from a relative in the U.S., set against the gritty reality of a rural existence in the war-scarred Lika region of Bosnia. The tensions between family loyalty and the chance to break out of an economic grind are a reality all too familiar to many Croatians.

Cast delivers energetic perfs — particularly helmer’s father, Rade Serbedzija (“X-Men: First Class”). He won the acting kudo at Croatia’s Pula fest, where pic also scored aud prize.

Dark and dreary setting is a character in itself thanks to lensing by Sasha Rendulic.

Produced by Interfilm, Lijeni Film and Croatian national broadcaster HRT, the film screened at the Berlinale.

The 84th Academy Awards will be held Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

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