Village Without Women

  • Croatia
  • France
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In Southwest Serbia, atop a mountain and four kilometres from the nearest road, the Jankovic brothers hold down the fort in the womanless village of Zabrdje. Dragan, Zoran, and Rodoljub, along with their neighbour, Velimir, represent the entire population of what was once a vibrant rural community. They live in tough conditions. No running water, no roads, not even a hint of a woman’s touch. Not to mention, the three brothers still share the same bedroom. Zoran, the eldest brother, dreams of marrying a woman capable of handling life in Zabrdje. Despite his efforts, he fails to convince a Serbian woman to join them in village. Zoran's friend Danko succeeded in finding a gorgeous wife by crossing the border to Albania. As Zoran sees their unlikely relationship blossom into love, he decides to follow suit. For Zoran, Albania is the only place left to find a bride. Rodoljub, the youngest of the brothers, systematically opposes bringing in an Albanian woman into their home. With the war wounds from Kosovo still present, Serbs and Albanians are far from healed. Zoran has the opportunity to extend the olive branch to the ‘enemy’. Will Zoran's attempt be fruitful? Can he fulfil his dream and renew hope in his village?

German, French, Spanish and Czech subtitles are available for download only in DVD format.


  • Original title
    Selo bez zena
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Srdjan Šarenac
  • DOP
    Pablo Ferro Zivanovic
  • Editing
    Ksenija Petricic
  • Music
    Dejan Pejović
  • Sound
    Srdjan Šarenac
  • Duration
    82 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Croatia
    • France
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Zagreb Dox, Croatia 2010
    • IDFA, The Netherlands 2010
    • Free Zone Film Festival, Serbia 2010
    • CINEQUEST, USA 2011
    • DOX BOX, Syria 2011
    • One World, Czech Republic 2011
    • Woman's Rights Nights, Macedonia 2011
    • Bozar, Belgium 2011
    • DokFest München, Germany 2011
    • Krakow Film Festival, Poland 2011
    • Documenta Madrid, Spain 2011
    • Input Seoul, South Korea 2011
    • Open Air Cinema LA 68 CASA DE CULTURA, Mexico 2011
    • Open City Documentary Festival London, UK 2011
    • Pärnu, Estonia 2011
    • Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia 2011
    • Dokufest Prizren, Kosovo 2011
    • Mediteran Film Festival, Bosnia 2011
    • Festival della Lessinia, Italy 2011
    • Liburnia film festival, Croatia 2011
    • Ateliers Angers Premiers plans, France 2011
    • Grand Cru Bretagne, France 2011
    • Ayé Ayé, France 2011
    • Bir Duino, Kyrgyzstan 2011
    • Astra Film Festival, Romania 2011
    • Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan 2011
    • CNEX Taipei, Taiwan 2011
    • Scenecs, The Netherlands 2011
    • Film Festival Amiens, France 2011
    • Traces de vies, France 2011
    • Exposed Film Festival, Germany 2011
    • MedFilm Festival, Italy 2011
    • Visions du Réel, Switzerland 2012
    • Eurorama Festival, Italy 2012
    • Transeuropa Festival, Germany 2012
    • Kino Udarnik, Slovenia 2012
    • Caméras des champs, France 2012
    • Gdansk Doc Film Festival, Poland 2012
  • Awards
    • Documenta Madrid, Spain 2011
    • Pärnu, Estonia 2011 - Audience award
    • Liburnia film Festival, Croatia 2011 - Audience award
    • Mediteran Film Festival, Bosnia 2011
    • Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia 2011
    • Bir Duino, Kyrgyzstan 2011
    • Input Seoul, South Korea 2011
    • Astra Film Festival, Romania 2011
    • Scenecs, The Netherlands 2011
    • Gdansk Doc Film Festival, Poland 2012 - Audience award
    • Caméras des champs, France 2012 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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