Illness and Recovery of Buda Brakus

Illness and Recovery of Buda Brakus, Z Zilnik
[Shooting] Illness and Recovery of Buda Brakus, Z Zilnik
Yugoslavia, 1980, 98 min, 16 mm, color

written and directed by: Želimir Žilnik
camera: Arpad Nemet
sound: Karoly Stanyo
edited by: Slobodan Jandrić
cast: Bude Brakus, Spasoje Ilić, Rade Kantar, Ćetko Obradović

production: TV Novi Sad

The protagonists of this docu-drama are old farmers who migrated to Banat after the First World War, in 1922. The drama is focused on a couple of important events in their lives. While he was feeding his bull Buda Brakus is seriously injured and taken to hospital for surgery. During his recuperation his old friends visit him and he evokes his memories from the First World War. He remembers being wounded, lying in bed in hospital in Bizerta, crossing Albania, time spent in America in 1910. Archive material has been used for these segments. Brakus goes to a spa where he meets Hungarian people of his age. At the time when Brakus first settled in Vojvodina, they were mainly working in mills or helped the newcomers as bricklayers when they were building their houses. The impressive lives of all the protagonists are woven into the lively scenes and stories full of wise instances, and their statements become spontaneous recounts of the lives of people in this region.