The Slovenian co production film The Reaper receives the first awards
The Reaper received the Octavian Award for Best Film, awarded by the Croatian Film Critics Association, as well as three Golden Arenas: the Golden Arena for Best Male Actor went to Ivo Gregurević; the Golden Arena for the Best Supporting Male Actor went to Igor Kovač; and the Golden Arena for Best Photography was awarded to the director of photography Branko Linta.
Ivo (Ivo Gregurović) is a worker in the Slavonian agricultural combine, used to night shifts, which he prefers. Many years ago he was sentenced for rape, and since then he has avoided people, who have avoided him as well. In the night he meets Mirjana (Mirjana Karanović) – a women left on an abandoned road in a car without that ran out of gas – Ivo's destiny becomes intertwined with the life of Josip (Igor Kovač), who works at a gas station, and a policeman named Kreša. Gradually the darkness of their lives is revealed.
The film is directed by Zvonimir Jurić, born in 1971, who graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. In 2009 Jurić directed the film The Blacks, one of the best recent Croatian films, together with Goran Dević. The Blacks received 20 awards, most of them international, among them the main Kingfisher (Vodomec) Award at the 20th Ljubljana Film Festival.
The Reaper was co‑produced by the Croatian Kinorama (producer Ankica Jurić Tilić) and the Slovenian Forum Ljubljana (co‑producer Eva Rohrman). The Slovenian team consists of the actor Peter Musevski in the role of Zlatko, makeup artist Mojca Gorogranc Petrushevska, and sound designer Julij Zornik.
The film was co‑financed by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, the Slovenian Film Centre, Eurimages and MEDIA. It was made with the assistance of the Viba Film Studio Ljubljana, Teleking and 100.