Witnesses (film)

Directed by Vinko Brešan
Produced by Ivan Maloča
Written by Vinko Brešan
Jurica Pavičić
Živko Zalar
Starring Leon Lučev
Cinematography Živko Zalar
Edited by Sandra Botica
Release dates
20 July 2003
Running time
90 minutes
Country Croatia
Language Croatian

Witnesses (Croatian: Svjedoci) is a Croatian drama film directed by Vinko Brešan. It was released in 2003.


The plot of the movie is centered in the city of Karlovac in 1992, during the Croatian War of Independence. The front lines, where Croatian and Serbian forces fight each other, lie near the city. Meanwhile, in the city of Karlovac, a Serbian civilian Vasić is murdered. The story follows the local police officer Barbir (Dražen Kühn), who tries to solve the murder in spite of ethnic hatred and war revolving nearby.

The film's screenplay is based on Jurica Pavičić's 1997 novel Alabaster Sheep (Ovce od gipsa), which was in turn inspired by a real-life case of murder of the Zec family in Zagreb in 1991.[1]



  1. Damir Radić (24 February 2004). "'Svjedoci' su produkcijski superiorni i moralno upitni" ["Witnesses" are distinguished by superior production and moral questionability]. Nacional (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 1 July 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012.

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