directed by Tomislav Mrsic
Life can be boring. But Western, never.
Cowboys is a comedy based on a Croatian hit theatre play. It is a story of eight outsiders who will try to create a theatre play while breaking every rule of theatre craft. It tells the story of Sasha, a relatively successful theatre director, who returns from the big city to his home town without a clear notion of what that change might bring, leaving behind his career to re-start the neglected local theatre. The call came from the mayor and Saša’s school colleagues. However, the play will be a succession of hurdles, as the city does not have any actors or anyone who would know anything about the theatre business. The candidates will all be amateurs, and as the play will seem even more impossible to set up, they settle on a common ground: Western.
COMEDY DCP/HD - 2014 - Croatia - 104min
ORIGINAL TITLE Kauboji
CAST Saša Anočić, Živko Anočić, Matija Antolić, Kruno Klabučar, Hrvoje Barišić, Ivana Rushaidat, Rakan Rushaidat, Radovan Ruzdjak
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE Croatian
PRODUCED BY Kabinet and HRT
Tomislav Mrsic was born in Zagreb in 1972. He became involved in film while studying at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Zagreb, which he graduated from in 1998. He is the author of numerous documentaries and television shows. His documentary films won several awards and acclaims, which include Film Critics Award Oktavijan for the best documentary films in 2002 and 2008 (Rio Bravar and Slucajni sin).
He also received the best debutant award at the Days of Croatian Film Festival in 2002 for his film Sala nije na liniji 310. His documentaries were screened at all major film festivals in the region. Along with documentaries, he directs short feature films and promotional videos, and also assists directors on television series and feature films. He directs Posebni dodaci/Bonus tracks, a TV show about film on Croatian National Television. He is one of the founding members of MUF, Film Art Museum association.
Festivals / Awards
Festroia International Film Festival 2014 – Panorama Section
Shanghai International Film Festival 2014 – Spectrum Section
Helsinki Love & Anarchy Festival 2014 - Balkanize!
Hambourg Film Festival 2014 - Eurovisuell Section
Galway Film Fleadh 2014 - World Cinema Section
Mill Valley film Festival, World Cinema Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid - Meeting Point competition
Pula Film Festival 2014 Golden Gate of Pula Audience Award
FEMF Piran, Slovenia, 2014 First Film Best Director Award
Orlando Film Festival 2014 Best Foreign Language Film
Maverick Movie Awards 2014 BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Award