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Vukovar, a city of 50,000 overlooking the Danube, was once a jewel of Yugoslavia, a place where Serbs and Croats peacefully coexisted. But when civil strife erupted in 1991Vukovar was besieged by the Serb-dominated Yugoslavian army; two years later it was a wasteland. It’s horrific destruction provides the backdrop for this 1993 feature by Boro Draskovic, who’s half Bosnian and half Croat. Using real-life incidents, Draskovic has stitched together a narrative that focuses on the tribulations of newlyweds Anna, a Croat, and Toma, a Serb, who are cast as a symbolic couple. Their union offers hope; their forced separation–he’s drafted to fight the Croatian militia in Vukovar–epitomizes the predicament of all ethnically mixed families. Draskovic wisely doesn’t sermonize about the animosities among the ethnic factions–though the dialogue at times sounds portentous–nor does he offer solutions. Instead he conveys the bewildering madness of a late-20th-century war and its cruel impact on individual lives. Some of the battle sequences–accompanied by Mozart’s Requiem on the sound track–border on surrealistic, yet a sense of bleak realism permeates the film, much of which was shot clandestinely on location as the war raged on. No doubt that’s why the final lingering shot–an aerial survey of the town in ruins–is so haunting. The performances by Mirjana Jokovic and Boris Isakovic as the ill-fated couple are heartfelt and multilayered. Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton, Friday, May 3, 7:00 and 9:00; Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, and 9:00; and Monday through Thursday, May 6 through 9, 7:00 and 9:00; 281-4114. –Ted Shen