Obecana Zemlja (1986)

Run Time - 117 min.  |   Countries - Yugoslavia  |  
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Framing this interesting, dramatic story about a cooperative farm's seething conflicts is a trial for murder. The story, told largely in flashbacks, deals with Markan (Bata Zivojinovic), the leader of a large cooperative who was instrumental in getting forcibly displaced, independent farmers settled into the new farming commune. Not everyone (in fact almost no one) is in agreement with this new system, and Markan's biggest opponent is an outspoken old-timer named Milisa (Vjenceslav Kapural). Milisa is argumentative, and his conniving wife helps him to hide cows and grain from the prying eyes of the collective's boss. As tensions escalate, a dispute leads to Milisa's murder and now Markan is on trial before a jury of the people.