When Father Was Away on Business (1985)



Directer:Emir Kusturica  Producer:Mirza Pašić  Writter:Abdulah Sidran  

Music:Zoran Simjanović  Cinematography:Vilko Filač  Editor:Andrija Zafranović 

Running time:136 min Country:Yugoslavia  Language:Serbo-Croat Genre:Drama   

Subtitle: English/ Starring:Moreno De Bartolli as Malik Malkoč,
Miki Manojlović as Mehmed "Meša" Malkoč
, Mirjana Karanović as Senija "Sena" Malkoč,
Mira Furlan as Ankica Vidmar
, Mustafa Nadarević as Zijah "Zijo" Zulfikarpašić,
Predrag Laković as Franjo
, Pavle Vujisić as Muzafer Zulfikarpašić



ҧ:Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations

Academy Awards, USA
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1986 Nominated Oscar Best Foreign Language Film
Cannes Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1985 Won FIPRESCI Prize Emir Kusturica 
Palme d''Or Emir Kusturica 
Golden Globes, USA
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1986 Nominated Golden Globe Best Foreign Film
National Board of Review, USA
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1985 Nominated NBR Award Top Foreign Films
Pula Film Festival of Yugoslavian Films
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1985 Won Golden Arena Best Actress in a Leading Role
Mirjana Karanovic 

Tito''s break-up with Stalin in 1948 marked the beginning of not only confusing, but also very dangerous years for many hard-core Yugoslav communists. A careless remark about the newspaper cartoon is enough for Mesha to join many arrested unfortunates. His family is now forced to cope with the situation and wait for his release from prison. The story is told from the perspective of Malik, his young son who believes the mother''s story about father being "away on business".

When Father Was Away on Business (Serbo-Croat: Otac na službenom putu, Отац на службеном путу) is a 1985 Yugoslav film by Serbian director Emir Kusturica. The screenplay was written by the Bosnian dramatist Abdulah Sidran. Its subtitle is A Historical Love Film.

Set in post-World War II Yugoslavia during the Informbiro period, the film tells the story through the eyes of the young boy Malik. His father Meša (played by Miki Manojlović) has been suspected of working for Cominform and sent to a labour camp after a careless remark about a political newspaper cartoon.
The movie opens in June 1950 with a local''s serenading field workers. He sings Mexican songs because it''s "safer", and children climb trees and play around. The story is from the perspective of the boy, Malik, whose mother Sena tells him that his father is on a business trip. Malik is a chronic sleepwalker.
After a while, Meša''s wife and children rejoin him in Zvornik. Malik meets Maša, the daughter of a Russian doctor. He falls in love with her, but last sees her when the ambulance takes her away.
At the wedding of his maternal uncle Zijah, Malik witnesses his father''s affair with a woman pilot. She later tries to commit suicide by using a toilet''s flush cord. Sena reconciles with her brother Zijah, who''s been diagnosed with diabetes.