Balkan Rules (1997)

Director
Darko Baji?

Main cast
Branislav Le?i?; Lazar Ristovski; Ana Sofrenovi?; Aleksandar Ber?ek; Velimir 'Bata' Živojinovi?

Genres
Drama

Description
Movie about secret relations between Yugoslavian, Serbian and Croatian secret police during last 50 years. Here in Balkans truth and lies are so much mixed and it lasts so long that no one knows the difference. That is why this fictitious story looks so true.


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