The Croatian film “The Constitution” will hit cinema screens in the USA this May. The drama, which has won more than 32 international awards, follows the life of a professor in the centre of Zagreb, who by lives a double life, by day he is a respected professor and by night a transvestite.
The US premier of the film was shown in the SVA Theatre in New York and was dedicated to the leading actor, Nebojša Glogovac, who died this year from lung cancer.
The Constitution will start to be shown to a wider American audience at the end of May this year at around thirty cinemas, reports the Croatian Audio-visual Centre.
The film is a story of four people who live in the same apartment building in Zagreb, but are wary of each other because they don't share the same ethnic and religious backgrounds and sexual preferences. Vjeko Kralj (Nebojša Glogovac), a high school professor and a transvestite, is beaten in the street by a group of hooligans. In the hospital, he accidentally meets his neighbour Maja Samardžić (Ksenija Marinković), who works there as a nurse. After Vjeko is released, she continues to look after him and his dying father. She then asks Vjeko to help her husband Ante (Dejan Aćimović), who is a police officer, to pass the Croatian Constitution exam. Problems soon arise because Ante is an ethnic Serb, while Vjeko is an ardent Croatian nationalist. Slowly and painfully, they begin to open and recognize each other as human beings.
From the international premiere of the film in Montreal in 2016, where it won the Grand Prize of the Americas, The Constitution has won 32 international awards.