Vegetarian Cannibal

Vegetarian Cannibal

Film poster
Directed by Branko Schmidt
Produced by Stanislav Babić
Written by Ivo Balenović
Branko Schmidt
Based on Ljudožder vegetarijanac
by Ivo Balenović
Starring Rene Bitorajac
Nataša Janjić
Leon Lučev
Zrinka Cvitešić
Emir Hadžihafizbegović
Cinematography Dragan Ruljančić
Release dates
  • 1 March 2012 (2012-03-01)
Running time
85 minutes
Country Croatia
Language Croatian

Vegetarian Cannibal (Croatian: Ljudožder vegetarijanac) is a 2012 Croatian drama film directed by Branko Schmidt. It was released on 1 March 2012 and stars Rene Bitorajac as an immoral doctor.


Danko Babić (Rene Bitorajac) is highly successful and much sought after as a doctor of gynecology, but at the same time he is also incredibly ambitious and willing to do whatever it takes to succeed. These traits eventually lead him to Jedinko (Emir Hadžihafizbegović), a pimp who specializes in high-end prostitution and drug dealing. He's willing to pay Danko a considerable sum to perform abortions on his prostitutes, who get pregnant on a regular basis. Danko quickly gets pulled into a world of organized crime, corruption, and scandal.



The film was based on the eponymous novel by Ivo Balenović, also known by the pen name "Alen Bović".[1]


Film School Rejects was mixed in their review, praising Bitorajac's acting while commenting that the film's ending "will easily divide the audience".[2] The Austinist was more positive, stating "Yes, this movie is kind of a downer, but adventurous filmgoers will probably find Vegetarian Cannibal to be worth their time"[3]

The film was selected as the Croatian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist.[4][5]

Lead actor Bitorajac states that he views the character of Danko as the "most despicable character he has ever played" and that while he was initially leery of the script, he was satisfied after seeing the completed product.[6]


See also


  1. "Ljudožder vegetarijanac film po romanu Ive Balenovića". Vecernji. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  2. Treveloni, Michael. "Fantastic Fest: 'Vegetarian Cannibal' Offers Up Something to Chew On, But the Substance May Leave You Wanting". FSR. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  3. Moore, Caitlin. "Fantastic Fest Reviews: Holy Motors, Vegetarian Cannibal and The Final Member". Austinist. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  4. "'Ljudožder vegetarijanac' je hrvatski kandidat za Oscara". HAVC. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  5. Holdsworth, Nick (17 September 2012). "Croatia picks 'Cannibal' as Oscar foreign-lingo hopeful". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  6. "Rene Bitorajac: Ginekolog Babić najodvratniji je lik kojeg sam ikada glumio". Jutarnji. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  7. 1 2 "Croatia's Vegetarian Cannibal Shocks And Provokes". Twitch Film. Retrieved 2 January 2014.

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