Occupation in 26 Pictures

Occupation in 26 Pictures
Directed by Lordan Zafranović
Written by Lordan Zafranović
Mirko Kovač
Starring Frano Lasić
Cinematography Karpo Ačimović Godina
Edited by Josip Remenar
Release dates
  • 1978 (1978)
Running time
116 minutes
Country Yugoslavia
Language Croatian

Occupation in 26 Pictures, also known as Occupation in 26 Tableaux (Croatian: Okupacija u 26 slika), is a 1978 Yugoslavian war film directed by Lordan Zafranović. It was entered into the 1979 Cannes Film Festival.[1] The film was selected as the Yugoslav entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 51st Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2]


It shows three friends just before World War II in Dubrovnik - Miho (a Jew), Niko (a Croat) and Toni (an Italian) - who during the war undergo different fates. Toni joins the Ustaše. Miho's family becomes a target of prosecution. Niko's sister marries Toni in despite of her family's wishes. Niko after all joins the partisans.



The film was controversial due to many things. In the communist Yugoslavia it was scandalous because of too many sexually explicit and violent scenes.[3] Naturalistic portrayal of the widespread Ustaše atrocities made this film despised in the independent Croatia as an instance of anti-Croat sentiment.[3]

See also


  1. "Festival de Cannes: Occupation in 26 Pictures". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 24 May 2009.
  2. Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  3. 1 2 A booklet with the film, Jutarnji list 2012, ISBN 978-953-7770-73-0

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