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A Father, A Son,
A Holy Ghost

Zelimir Gvardiol
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"A Father, A Son, A Holy Ghost" is a social and anthropological vision of the aftermath of war in former Yugoslavia. Writer and director Zelimir Gvardiol employs the triptych approach, presenting three separate scenarios that are connected by shared inevitability and intense misfortune. Three children with psyches that have been permanently altered through intense loss and destruction show a suffering that is simultaneously impossible and true.

Part One: The story of a twenty-year-old boy. A deserter of the war in Bosnia and Hercegovina, the young man finds himself taking on the care of his half sisters and half brother after his stepmother is killed by the common father.

Part Two: A sixteen year old whose life has been traumatized by both the divorce of his parents and the ensuing war.

Part Three: An unborn child is deprived of health as a war breaks out just before his birth, a war which claims the life of his father and forces his mother to give birth in the sewerage.


Zelimir Gvardiol (Belgrade 1957) graduated in Film and Television Department from FAMU (Prague). In 1991he founded Spesfilm, an independent production company in Belgrade. His creative documentaries focus on human rights, freedom of expression, social justice and civil liberties have appeared and were awarded in many international film from Finland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Sweden, Hungary to Greece, Italy, Poland, Australia, Yugoslavia and the U.S.

Contact information:

Zelimir Gvardiol, Producer, Director
Treci Bulevar 132/57
Belgrade, Yugoslavia 11070
Phone: 381-11-143-457
Fax: 381-11-143-457

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