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Promise me this


Original title Zavet
Working title The wish
Release november 2007 (Russia), January 2008 (France)
Original language Serbian
Length 2h06
Music Stribor Kusturica
Script Ranko Bozić & Emir Kusturica, based on a story by Rade Marković
Photography Milorad Glusica
Box office 120.000 (France)


Tsane lives with his grandfather and their cow Cvetka on a remote hilltop. Except for their neighbour, Bossa, they are the village’s only inhabitants. One day, Tsane’s grandfather tells the young man that he is dying. He makes Tsane promise to go over the three hills into the nearest town and sell Cvetka at the market there. With the money, he must buy a religious icon, then anything he really wants and finally, he must find a wife to bring home. In town, Tsane easily fulfils the first parts of his promise, but how is he going to get home with a wife before his granddad dies? That’s when he meets Jasna, who is late for school as usual…..


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Country Format audio languages subtitle languages Buy online Description
Germany DVD Z2 PAL Serbian 5.1, French 5.1,
German 5.1
German, French Amazon.deRelease on 19/09/08
Spain DVD Z2 PAL Plurilingue, Castellano, Catalán, Croata, Serbio, Español Castillan, CatalanAmazon.esReleased on 04/03/09
France DVD Z2 PAL Serbian 5.1 French Amazon.frRelease on 02/09/08
Italie DVD Z2 PAL Serbian 5.1 , ItalianItalian Amazon.itRelease on 23/07/10

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TV Novosti Marija Petronijević and Uroš Milovanović made the front cover of the Serbian magazine TV Novosti in summer 2006, during the shooting of the film.

After a few filming days in February, the shooting really started on may 16th 2006 in Užice, in Serbia, and should last until October 2006 in the region of Küstendorf.

Uroš Milovanović, who has the leading role (the boy) is also the main character of the short film Blue Gypsy.

Ljiljana Blagojević is also used to Emir Kusturica's films, since she was “Dolly Bell” in Do you remember Dolly Bell ?

In several internet sources was mentioned the fact that Javier Bardem and Juliette Binoche were part of the casting of the film. This was a false rumour.

The film was selected for the official competition at the 60th Cannes Film Festival, in 2007.

The film also made the opening of the Moscow film festival, from June 21 to June 30 2007. This festival is headed by Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov. During a press conference in Moscow, Emir Kusturica said : ”While studying in Prague, I would find my idols in Russian cinema. Zavet is my personal tribute to Dovzhenko. I've brought the film to Moscow because I believe Russian and Serb cinema share the same roots.1)




The film was screened in official competition on 26th may 2007 at the 60th Cannes Film Festival, with all the film crew…



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