Zrinko Ogresta’s (S one strane) On the Other Side has been voted by Croatian Association of Film Workers to be the country’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Academy Awards.
On the Other Side starring Ksenija Marinković, Lazar Ristovski, Tihana Lazović, Robert Budak, Toni Šestan, Tena Jeić Gajski, was awarded the Grand Golden Arena at the 63rd edition of Pula Film Festival, in addition to seven other awards including best director and screenplay.
Vesna, a nurse, lives with her two grown-up children in Zagreb. Vesna’s son is married and his wife is expecting their second child; her daughter is engaged, and all seems well in the world. But their name poses an obstacle to all of them. When Vesna came to Zagreb twenty years ago she intended to put behind her memories of the war in Bosnia in which her husband Žarko played an active role. But one day the phone rings out of the blue and Vesna hears Žarko’s voice on the line. This unleashes in Vesna a mixture of hatred, love, hope and disgust. Should she trust a man who once caused her and others such unbearable suffering?