Metastases (film)

Directed by Branko Schmidt
Produced by Stanislav Babić
Vanja Sutlić
Written by Ivo Balenović
Ognjen Sviličić
Starring Rene Bitorajac
Franjo Dijak
Robert Ugrina
Rakan Rushaidat
Ivo Gregurević
Jadranka Đokić
Cinematography Dragan Ruljančić
Release dates
  • 30 March 2009 (2009-03-30) (Zagreb)
Running time
82 minutes
Country Croatia
Language Croatian

Metastases (Croatian: Metastaze) is a 2009 Croatian crime drama film about some of the most common problems in post-war Croatia, including football hooliganism, drug addiction and alcoholism. It was directed by Branko Schmidt.[1]


The film follows the lives of four unconventional friends from a Zagreb neighbourhood – Krpa, Filip, Kizo and Dejo. All of them are football fans and Dinamo Zagreb supporters.

Krpa is an antisocial football hooligan who constantly abuses his wife. Throughout the film, he also insults and physically attacks several people who complain about his behaviour. In the final scene, he robs a betting shop and is involved in a foot chase with two police officers.

Filip is a drug addict who spent three years in a rehabilitation program in Spain. When he returns to Zagreb at the beginning of the film, his parents try to persuade him to find a job in order to prevent him from returning to his previous habits. The same day, he reunites with the remaining three members of the group at a neighbourhood bar.

Kizo is an ailurophiliac alcoholic. He lives with his mother after the death of his father. One day, he goes to the bar to meet the rest of the group, so they can go to a football match together, only to learn that they had already left the bar without waiting for him to come. He goes back home, also visiting a supermarket to buy alcoholic beverages and cat food. He is then seen drinking and taking care of a litter of kittens in his backyard.

Dejo, a Serb, is the son of a former Yugoslav officer. He is also a drug addict and owes people money. His ethnicity constantly leads to insults from Krpa, who even persuades him to kiss the Altar of the Homeland.

Along with Filip, Dejo goes to Sarajevo to buy heroin. On their way back home, they visit Filip's aunt and uncle somewhere in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Filip's aunt and uncle say they would like to give his parents two bags of potatoes, but he says there is not enough space in Dejo's car to transport the bags, so they agree to transport them on their own in a few days. Filip hides the drug inside one of the bags, but it is eventually found by the border police when the bags are transported by a neighbour of Filip's aunt and uncle, Reuf, who did not know about the drug.


The film won three Golden Arena awards at the 2009 Pula Film Festival:


Cast overview:[2]

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