DIRECTOR: Simon Bogojević Narath

COUNTRY: Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

YEAR/DURATION: 2022. • 95’

GENRE history



  • SCREENPLAY: Simon Bogojević Narath, Saša Podgorelec
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY: Aleksandar Kavić
  • EDITOR: Damir Čučić
  • PRODUCTION DESIGN: Giorgio Barullo
  • COSTUME DESIGN: Zjena Glamočanin
  • SOUND: Julij Zornik
  • SCORE Mirko Jankov
  • MAKE UP: Ana Bulajić Črček
  • VISUAL EFFECTS: Lado Skorin, Mario Kalogjera, Simon Bogojević Narath, Ratimir Rakuljić, Bruno Razum
  • LEAD ACTRESS: Ana Takač
  • LEAD ACTOR: Filip Križan
  • SUPPORTING ACTRESSES Rina Krasniqi, Varvara Šešlija, Isa Zenuni
  • SUPPORTING ACTORS: Labeat Bytyçi, Ylber Bardhi, Robert Prebil, Franjo Dijak, Adrian Pezdirc, Edi Čelić, Alan Katić, Elvis Bošnjak, Josip Kučan, Jasmin Telalović, Siniša Labrović, Kushtrim Hoxha, Ilir Prapashtica
  • PRODUCERS: Ankica Jurić Tilić
  • COMPANY: Kinorama
  • COPRODUCERS: Eva Rorhman, Alessandro Borrelli, Fatmir Spahiu, Amra Bakšić Čamo, Adis Đapo
  • COPRODUCED BY: Forum Ljubljana (Slovenija), La Sarraz Pictures (Italija), Buka Production (Kosovo), SCCA/ (Bosna i Hercegovina)


The year is 37 BC. A young Liburnian Volsus is taken by a Roman unit to help in what at first seems a simple task of collecting taxes, but the encounters with local Illyrian tribes soon lead to unexpected turns of events, as they show more resilience to subjugation than meets the eye. We see their archaic, emotional world of quaint and brutal laws and traditions through the eyes of this youngster, regarded by the Romans as a primitive barbarian, and gradually come to understand that their world is not all that different from our own.


About the director

Simon Bogojević Narath (Zagreb, 1968) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Painting Department in 1992. As director, production designer, CGI artis/animator, and graphic designer, he has worked on numerous artistic and commercial projects over the last 30 years (TV shows, music videos, commercials, plays, and short and feature flms). He has directed, animated, and produced his own animated experimental films that have received numerous acknowledgments and awards in Croatia and abroad. He has directed ten short animated films, and Illyircvm is his first feature film.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT ON MOTIVATION: My own passion and interest in history, archeology, genetics, and anthropology pushed me into examining and reflection about my own identity, as well as that of a bigger community I belong to. The reason for this film is curiosity: to what extent are we different, but also similar to people who inhabited the Balkans area before Christianity, and to what extent are the then emotional and social mechanisms different, but also similar to today’s world in terms of poverty, occupation, exploitation, ethnic and class hatred, and intolerance?


  • Arena – 21.07



  • Brijuni – 22.07


Boat tickets are sold at the Brijuni National Park office on the Fažana quayside on the day of the screening, starting from 4 p.m. The price of boat transfer is 50.00 kn and film screenings are free of charge.
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