Priest Ćira and Priest Spira

  • Soja Jovanović
  • Yugoslavia
  • 1957
  • 82'
  • Pop Ćira i pop Spira

Priest Ćira and Priest Spira is the first Yugoslav colour film, directed by the first female Serbian theatre and film director, Soja Jovanović. It won as many as seven awards at Pula FF, including the Golden Arena for Best Director. Soja Jovanović is still one of only two women to have won this award. Based on motifs from the eponymous humorous novel by Stevan Sremac, the film follows the residents of a quirky picturesque village. At the centre of the story are two priestly families who clash when young teacher Peter arrives in the village, because only one of them can get him as their son-in-law.

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Soja Jovanović

The first Serbian theatre and film director and author of the first Yugoslav colour film, Priest Ćira and Priest Spira, for which she won the Pula Golden Arena, is one of two women directors in the history of the Pula Film Festival to win this award. She made a number of feature films, including A Suspicious Character (1954), The Dreams Came by Coach (1960), A Trip Around the World (1964) and Eagles Fly Early (1966).

Priest Ćira and Priest Spira

Soja Jovanović
Rodoljub Andrić, Soja Jovanović
Jovan Gec, Ljubinka Bobić, Milan Ajvaz, Slobodan Perović, Vlastimir Đuza Stojiljković
Nenad Jovičić
Milanka Nanović
Avala film
Festivals & Awards
Pula Film Festival 1957 – Golden Arena for Best Director

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