Documentary | 2011-2012 | Croatia

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Length of movie80/58 Min


  • Trailer zum Dokumentarfilm

Brief synopsis

Matchmaker Nediljko Babic, also known as "Gangster", helps a Bulgarian single mother find a new husband in Croatia. But a series of comically disastrous dates discloses the true nature of conservative Croatian men: they would rather die alone than marry a foreigner with a child.

GANGSTER OF LOVE is a documentary comedy, which pinpoints some serious social issues. Twenty-five years ago Nedjeljko Babic left his job as a carpenter to start his God-given career: matching lonely menand women. He became famous very fast, thanks to his skill, but also his nickname – Gangster. He got it solely thanks to his image: he always wears sunglasses. His whole life Gangster helps men and women from his region to find a soul mate. But lately his job is more difficult than ever - women do not want to live in villages anymore. In recent years Gangster’s clients are mostly uneducated middle-aged men, seemingly desperate to find a life partner. But story of our film unmasks the real complexity of their problem.

When Maya (33), young and pretty Bulgarian girl, comes to Gangster looking for a new husband, it seems that it will be an easy case for him. But the fact that she is a single mother, and a foreigner, makes it a mission impossible for Gangster - it seems that Croatian guys, no matter how desperate they are to find a woman, does not want a Bulgarian with a child. Her case discloses all the tragic absurdity of the traditional men in modern society: although they are lonely and desperate to find a woman, their stubborn conservatism prevents them in adopting different. Marin (45) is typical of the kind. He is good-looking and smart, but passive and unable to overcome oppression of his community. He likes Maya, but he does not dare to admit it. We also follow Gangster's dealing with Peter (42), German guy whose father is Croat from Gangster’s village. Peter is disappointed in western women, so he comes to his father’s native land in search of more traditional women.

These three characters form one story and paint a big picture of a contradictory and troublesome relationship between men and women in a world torn between traditional and modern.



ActorRole nameVoice actor / Speaker
 Nadine Baier


Director's DepartmentdirectorNebojsa Slijepcevic

Production companies

Restart [hr]
Subcultura films [ro]
Arte [de/fr]Koproduktion
ZDF - Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen [de]Koproduktion

Distributing companies

Rise And Shine World Sales


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Nebojsa Slijepcevic2011East European Forum Jihlava Film FestivalIDFA Preis (bestes Projekt)Winner
Nebojsa Slijepcevic2013Zagreb Dox 2013Audience Award Best FilmWinner
Nebojsa Slijepcevic2013Sarajevo Film FestivalBest DocumentaryWinner