A satirical comedy about a naïve Catholic clergyman’s attempts to boost the birth rate in his picture-postcard perfect Dalmatian island, The Priest’s Children was Croatia’s top-grossing production last year. Just like in his previous box-office success, the 1996 How the war started on my island, Bresan uses humour to approach a sensitive cultural and historical topic – in this case the Catholic church’s approach to sex and contraception. The film offers a fine balance between farcical and serious elements, but it is overall a hilarious, beautifully shot, timely edited and solidly acted comedy.
Part of Contemporary Balkan Cinema: Cultural Identity and Memory, a season of recent films from Kosovo, Bulgaria and Croatia offering a fresh outlook on contemporary culture in the Balkans and its relationship with the past. Each screening will be introduced by Dr Lydia Papadimitriou, Reader in Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University, and followed by a discussion with the audience. Financially supported by Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University.