Cast & Credits
Director: Elmir Jukić
Producer: Ademir Kenović, Boris T. Matić, Tomi Salkovski
Production Company: Refresh Production, Skopje Film Studio, Living Pictures
Cast: Emir Hadžihafizbegović, Aleksandar Seksan, Mirsad Tuka
Music: Dino Sukalo
Cinematography: Dejan Dimeski
Film Editing: Vladimir Gojun
Production Design: Mario Ivezić
Costume Design: Lejla Graho
Makeup: Lamija Hadzihasanivić
Zeko, a barber in Bosnia and veteran of the conflicts of the 1990s, finds himself prone to violent fits resulting from post-traumatic stress disorder. After being left by his family, Zeko attempts to reassemble the pieces of his life by reaching out to his brother Braco. Discontent with the current state of affairs in Bosnia, Braco struggles with alcoholism and a gambling addiction. Along with their friend Švabo, a cab driver who has been cheating on his wife with a younger woman, Zeko and Braco attempt to spend the Muslim holiday of Eid in Zeko’s barber shop, thinking about old times and commiserating about their problems in hopes of finding a resolution. The day ends in acrimony, however, and Zeko, alone, must contemplate whether life is worth living. Along the way, he becomes infatuated with a fictional Japanese character that gives the film its name; the titular frog dominates Zeko’s life and helps reshape his philosophy and outlook on life. Based on the stage play by Dubravko Mihanović, Frog features emotional performances from Emir Hadžihafizbegović, Aleksandar Seksan, and Mirsad Tuka, and is a pensive mediation on war, memory, religion, nostalgia, love, and personal conflict.
An accomplished theater director and journalist, director Elmir Jukić is a prolific television director who has worked extensively on the program Crazy, Confused, Normal, as well as Kriza and Dva Smo Svijeta Razlicita. He has made several short films, including Mother (2009), before embarking on his first feature film with Frog.
BHFF Jury Award for the Best Feature Film
BHFF Jury Award for the Best Acting Performance - Emir Hadžihafizbegović
BHFF Audience Award for the Best Picture