A feature film by Bosnian director and screenwriter Alen Drljević won two awards at the international film festival Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic. “Men Don’t Cry” also had its world premiere at the festival.
The film won the Europa Cinemas Label Award for Best European Film in the Main Competition.
“Men Don’t Cry” is a present-day story about veteran fighters in the Bosnian war of the nineties. When a diverse group of veterans gathers at a remote mountain hotel less than two decades since the war ended to undergo days of therapy, it’s hard to expect absolute harmony. On the contrary, each unthinking word spoken or just a seemingly dirty look can suddenly ignite the dangerously explosive admixture. That’s because the former soldiers, obstinately holding on to their fundamental masculinity and their prejudices, refuse to expose the inhumanity of the events, whether perpetrated by them or by someone else.
Alen Drljević is a member of the European Film Academy. He graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo with the picture The Paycheck (Prva plata, 2005), nominated for a European Film Award for Best Short Film. He focused his first feature-length documentary Carnival (Karneval, 2006) on the dramatic events of the 1990s that marked the violent dissolution of former Yugoslavia.