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How the War Started on My Island

Comedy, War film

Vinko Bresan

Short description:
Although being one of the first movies to take humoristic approach towards violent break-up of Yugoslavia, this motion picture is partly based on real events that took place in September of 1991. Few months after Croatia seceded from Yugoslavia, Federal military installations are still present with previously recruited Croatian boys trapped inside. One such installation is a garrison on a small Dalmatian island, commanded by Major Aleksa Milosavljevic. Besieged by local militia, Major Aleksa threatens to blow up ammunition depots with half an island in case of any hostile action. During the stalemate, art historian Blaz Gajski comes from Zagreb in order to rescue his son from the barracks.


Vinko Bresan, Ivo Bresan

Mate Matisic

Zivko Zalar

Production design:
Ivica Trpcic

Costume design:
Vanda Ninic

Country of origin:

Film editing:
Sandra Botica

Standard, color



Bozidar Oreskovic
Etta Bortolazzi
Goran Malus
Goran Navojec
Goran Omasic
Ivan Brkic
Ivica Vidovic
Leon Lucev
Ljubomir Kerekes
as major Aleksa
Matija Prskalo
Mladen Vulic
Predrag Vusovic
Rene Bitoraic
Senka Bulic
Slobodan Milovanovic
Vinko Bresan
as policajac
Vlatko Dulic
as Blaz Gajski

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