film THE FROG (Žaba)
  • Original title: Žaba
  • Type: feature film
  • Year: 2017
  • Genre: drama
  • Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia
  • Language: Bosnian
  • Length: 78 minutes
  • Format: DCP
  • Directed by: Elmir Jukić
Zeko (50), barber and former soldier, now suffering from PTSP, calls his brother Braco (40) and friend Svabo (46) on Eid with the intention to use the proverbial good holiday mood and talks to his brother, gambler and alcoholic about the mistakes he makes and to give him a reason to change. Svabo, a taxi driver, was the only friend Braco has. Braco will not listen to Zeko, he is messing with him, does not take him seriously. Zeko thinks he will listen to him only if he does something really extreme, something to remember. He takes a razor and puts it on his brothers neck, and thus forces the promise that Braco will change. Braco si furious and leaves his brother’s shop and does not want to see him again. Svabo opens up to Zeko, he also made mistakes. He has a young mistress, he is living a double life, but he loves his wife and children. Does he deserve the razor on his neck? He offers Zeko medical assistance, maybe to see a psychiatrist. When Braco is left alone, without a single friend and brother, Zeko takes a bomb. He wants to kill himself. The suicide is prevented by the arrival of Muki (30), a young man who goes from door to door and sells books. Zeko offers him a shave. Muki notices a photo, Zeko in his younger days with the team at a football tournament. He invites him to choose life and come to play football with him and his friends. Muki leaves and Zeko is left alone. Between bomb and ball he chooses ball.
  • Screenplay: Pjer Žalica
  • Director of photography: Dejan Dimeski
  • Production design: Mario Ivezić
  • Music by: Dino Šukalo
  • Edited by: Vladimir Gojun
  • Costume designer: Lejla Graho
  • Make-up artist: Lamija Hadžihasanović-Homarac
  • Sound designer: Srdjan Kurpjel
  • Cast: Emir Hadžihafizbegović, Aleksandar Seksan, Mirsad Tuka, Moamer Kasumović, Selma Alispahić, Boro Stjepanović, Ilir Tafa, Nermin Omić, Alisa Čajić-Drmać, Vlasta Velisavljević, Sadžida Šetić, Mugdim Avdagić
  • Production company: Refresh Production, Skopje Film Studio, Living Pictures, Propeler Film, Iridium Film
  • Producers: Ademir Kenović, Tomi Salkovski, Dimče Stojanovski, Boris T. Matić, Bojan Mastilović
film THE FROG (Žaba)
film THE FROG (Žaba)
film THE FROG (Žaba)
film THE FROG (Žaba)
film THE FROG (Žaba)
film THE FROG (Žaba)
film THE FROG (Žaba)

4 awards


4 Festivals


  • Sarajevo Film Festival Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina - 2017 Open Air / national premiere
  • 10th Leskovac IFF Leskovac Serbia - 2017 Competition
  • 38. Manaki Brothers FF Bitola Macedonia - 2017 Camera 300 competition
  • 6. Tuzla Film Festival Tuzla Bosnia and Herzegovina - 2017 Opening Film
  • Zagreb Film Festival Zagreb Croatia - 2017 Main Program
  • International Bosphorus Film Festival Istanbul Turkey - 2017 World Cinema
  • Balkan Florence Express 2018 Firenze Italy - 2018
  • Bengaluru International Film Festival Bengaluru India - 2018
  • Belgrade International Film Festival Belgrade Serbia - 2018 Fokus Evropa
  • Beijing International Film Festival Beijing China - 2018 Beijing Film Panorama
  • Sombor FF Sombor Serbia - 2018
  • Balkan New Film Festival Stockholm Sweden - 2019 Competition