So Hot Was The Cannon

Directed by: Slobodan Skerlić
Serbia | 100 minutes

Following a grenade attack that kills his parents, a boy goes mute. In the hell of war, it seems his path to destruction is pre-determined.

Sarajevo, 1994. The city has been besieged for two years. One morning, a grenade hits an apartment building, killing an entire family. The only survivor is a ten-year-old boy who, severely traumatised by the incident, goes mute.

‘So Hot Was The Cannon’ is the dark story of this ten-year-old as he stumbles through the war-torn remnants of his apartment building. Although Aunt Tidza, a friendly neighbour, tries to look after him, the boy can’t help but experience the hellish circus of war. With his new friend Amer, the brother of a local soldier, he tastes his first cigarette, his first drink, his first prostitute. Exposed to the most cruel side of mankind at such a tender age, it seems his young life it doomed from the start.

Brutal, violent and foreboding, ‘So Hot Was The Cannon’ uses visuals as beautiful as they are terrifying to contrast the grey, unforgiving landscape of the urban front line with the claustrophobic tension in the dark, crumbling apartment blocks. The film also benefits from some exceptional performances from Anita Mancic, Stanislav Rucnov and Muhamed Dupovac.

Orestes Kouzof

Slobodan Skerlić
Slobodan Skerlić
Tihomir Stanić
Dušan Joksimović
Stanislav Ručnov
Anita Mančić
Muhamed Dupovac
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