Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
The Constitution (Ustav Repulike Hrvatske)
$12 Special Event Tickets
Rajko Grlic in Person
Croatian with English subtitles
Rajko Grlic, the leading filmmaker in Croatian cinema for decades, comes to the Harvard Film Archive for a special screening of his latest film which examines the state of Croatian society.
David Pendelton of Harvard Film Archive explains that in this film "Rajko Grlic examines the state of Croatian society in ... The Constitution. The
film’s allegorical narrative grows out of the intersections of the
lives of four neighbors in a Zagreb apartment building. After aging
teacher Vjeko is beaten for being gay, he is cared for by the nurse
living next door, Maja, who also helps Vjeko care for his aged father,
who was a high-ranking official in the Ustasha, the fascist nationalist
movement that ruled Croatia during World War II. As thanks for her
help, Vjeko reads Croatia’s constitution to Maja’s Serbian husband, a
dyslexic police officer studying for a civil service exam. Grlic has
likened the film to a mosaic, one in which the intricacies of the
delicate arrangements among this quartet add up to a comment on
present-day Croatia, which has seen a resurgence of right-wing
intolerance, like so much of the rest of Europe and the United States."
This event has been organized by the Harvard College South Slavic
Society with the support of Harvard Film Archive, the Davis Center for
Russian and Eurasian Studies, and the Minda de Gunzburg Center for
European Studies.Special thanks: Aida Vidan — Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies.