Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Two Players From The Bench
(Dva Igraca S Klupe)

Year: 2006
Language: Croatian
Run Time: 120 minutes

Two Players From The Bench

Facing the enemy is nothing like it used to be in Dejan Šorak's TWO PLAYERS FROM THE BENCH. Following the brutal interethnic wars in former Yugoslavia, Duško, an awkward and scrawny Serbian, and Ante, a gruff and hulking Croatian, find themselves inexplicably locked in a room together. They seem to have absolutely nothing in common until their captor Antisa shows them pictures of two men named Mato and Joso. Despite a full set of teeth and a scar-free face, respectively, Duško and Ante bear uncanny likenesses to the men in the photographs. Thus, the two captives have been chosen to impersonate Mato and Joso, missing witnesses, before the International War Crimes Tribunal in Hague. Their mission is to provide an alibi for the Croatian war hero Skoko. As Duško and Ante prepare for their big day in court, this politically charged film doubles as a comedy of errors, ultimately asking whether these two players from the bench will be able to fool the world. (In Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles) – E.J.B.

CIFF31 Screenings

Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at 11:45 AM

  • This screening has been cancelled.

Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 9:30 AM

  • This screening has been cancelled.

Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 9:15 PM

  • This screening has been cancelled.

Dejan Sorak

Dejan Sorak

Ivan Maloca

Vjekoslav Vrdoljak

Veljko Segaric

Principal Cast
Goran Navojec, Borko Paric, Tarik Filipovic, Dora Lipvcan

Film Contact

This film is presented with the generous support of CARL RAK

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