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Gucha (Guca!)
Serbia and Montenegro/Bulgaria/Austria/Germany 2006

Opening 23 Aug 2007

Directed by: Dusan Milic
Writing credits: Dusan Milic
Principal actors: Mira Djurdjevic, Marko Jeremic, Aleksandra Manasijevic, Marko Markovic, Radovan Miljanic

Every year thousands of people travel to the Serbian town of Gucha to listen to the World Brass Championships. Here musicians compete in combos and solo for the Golden Trumpet award. Against this authentic background is a little love story about Juliana, the daughter of a leading trumpet player, and Romeo from the competition. The story is unoriginal and unimportant. Breathtaking is the fantastic music called Balkan fusion and foremost the gypsies who seem to have been born with trumpets in their tiny fists. One gypsy ensemble under the leadership of Boban Markovic has won this competition five consecutive years. Boban’s real-life 19-year-old son Marco, soloist and arranger, plays Romeo. This was my last film of the 2007 Berlinale film festival and was a perfect way to return to Hamburg – full of high upbeat notes, which are still hovering over me. By director Dusan Milic. (Becky Tan)

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