St. George Shoots the Dragon

Release year: 2009

Director: Srđan Dragojević

Production company: Delirium

Visual Effects: Nebojša Rogić Productions/Crater Studio


The movie starts with a battle against the Turks in the 1st Balkan war in 1912 and ends with the outbreak of WW1 in 1914 and the crucial Battle of Cer, the first allied victory in WW1. It is largely set in and around a small village by the Sava river at Serbia's border with Austria-Hungary.The village is divided between able-bodied men that are potential army recruits and the many invalid veterans from the previous Balkan wars, and there is bitter animosity between the two groups which don't intermingle much with each other even though they live in the same village.The central theme of the movie is a love triangle between the village gendarme Đorđe, his wife Katarina and the young war cripple Gavrilo who once had a love affair with Katarina before he went to war and lost his arm in battle, and with the arm partly also his lust for life. Even though Katarina in the meantime married Đorđe, she still has affection for Gavrilo which is a source of friction between them two.On the onset of WW1, all able-bodied men in the village are recruited for combat. Left in the village are only women, children and invalids from previous Balkan wars. Rumours start circulating that the invalids in the village are trying to take advantage of the situation by making their moves on the women in the village, the wives and sisters of the recruited men. These rumours reach the villagers at the front and in order to prevent mutiny the army staff decides to recruit the invalids as well and send them to the front line.

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