|Directed by||Vatroslav Mimica|
|Produced by||Rüdiger von Hirschberg|
|Written by||Aleksandar Petrović (screenplay),|
Vatroslav Mimica (screenplay)
|Music by||Alfi Kabiljo|
|Distributed by||Soundfilm München (1982)|
Banović Strahinja (Serbian Cyrillic: Бановић Страхиња, released internationally as The Falcon) is a 1981 Yugoslavian-German adventure film written and directed by Vatroslav Mimica based on Strahinja Banović, a hero of Serbian epic poetry. It entered the section "Officina Veneziana" at the 38th Venice International Film Festival.
During the late 14th century Serbia becomes the target of the Ottoman Empire. Year is 1388 and Turkish bandits freely roam through southern Serbia. While majority of Serbian knights are concentrated around the city of Kruševac, capital of Serbia at the time, southern borders are partially left undefended. It is not until the following year of 1389 where it will come to a total clash of two armies.
While the respected Serbian noble Strahinja Banović is out hunting, a Turkish renegade gang burns his castle, kills all of his servants, and takes the young wife of Banović Strahinja. Strahinja begins a long quest to rescue his wife despite everybody else's doubts in her fidelity. Strahinja gathers a posse of scoundrels and goes after the bandits. In the meantime, the Turkish bandit Alija tries to seduce Strahinja's wife Anđa, but she refuses him. However, over a period of time she begins to weaken.
- Franco Nero as Banović Strahinja
- Gert Fröbe as Jug Bogdan
- Dragan Nikolić as Alija
- Sanja Vejnović as Andja
- Rade Šerbedžija as Abdulah
- Kole Angelovski as Timotije
- Stole Aranđelović as Pop Gradislav
- Neda Spasojević as Luda
- Janez Vrhovec as Vladika
- Rados Bajic as Bosko Jugovic
- Film a doba: měsíčník pro filmovou kulturu, Volume 29. Orbis, 1983.
- ""Il falcone", così s'impala un uomo". La Stampa. 8 September 1981. p. 15.
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