A Croatian film, "The Constitution" directed by Rajko Grlic has won the Grand Prize of the Americas for best film at the Montreal World Film Festival.
Grlic's film debuted in Montreal and was proclaimed the best among 21 other films running for the USD 100,000 prize.
The Constitution is a love story about hate. The film unveils peoples' intolerance, prejudices and hate toward those different and about the courage it takes to be who you are.
Four very different people live in the same building but avoid each other because of differences in how they live their lives, what they believe in, and where they come from. They would probably never exchange a word, but misfortune pushes them towards each other. Their lives entangle in ways that profoundly challenge deep-held beliefs and prejudices surrounding material status, sexual orientation, nationality and religion. Slowly, and even painfully, they begin to open up to each other and recognise the essential humanity each of them possesses.
The leading roles are played by Nebojsa Glogovac, Ksenija Marinkovic, Dejan Acimovic and Bozidar Smiljanic. The screenplay was written by Ante Tomic and Rajko Grlic.
The Montreal festival is the only A category festival in North America recognised by the International Federation of film Producers Association (FIAPF).