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23rd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

Mali

2018, Antonio Nuić, Croatia, 90 min.
With Vito Dijak, Franjo Dijak

Show Times

  • Sat, Mar 21st 8:00pm
  • Thu, Mar 26th 8:15pm

“Socially relevant, slow-burning and well constructed…dialogue that blends gritty realness with effortless cool.”—Marko Stojiljković, Cineuropa

Croatia’s official entry for Oscar consideration has a father-son story in the same deadpan guise as the characters themselves, while it poses as a criminals-at-play drama involving a clutch of smalltime bunglers and petty thieves. Frenki (Vito Dijak), a feisty sly-eyed drug dealer just out of prison, fears losing custody of his middle-school son Mali (Franjo Dijak) to his straight-laced in-laws once his terminally ill wife dies. The bond between the father and his boy runs deep, but emotions stay out of the picture, even as mom lies dying somewhere in the city. Under the surface, director Nuić (SEX, DRINKS AND BLOODSHED) ratchets up the pressure on Mali. Frenki’s impromptu fortieth birthday party escalates into a boozy all-male, all-night bash around the boy, who takes a path of no return in the morning. In Croatian with English subtitles. DCP digital. Courtesy of Propeler Film. (BS)

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