The Ninth Circle

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Deveti krug
Девети круг
Directed by France Štiglic
Written by Vladimir Koch
France Štiglic
Zora Dirnbach (story)
Starring Boris Dvornik
Dušica Žegarac
Beba Lončar
Music by Branimir Sakač
Cinematography Ivan Marinček
Edited by Lida Branis
Release date
  • 21 April 1960 (1960-04-21)
Running time
107 minutes
Country Yugoslavia

The Ninth Circle (Croatian: Deveti krug / Девети круг) is a 1960 Yugoslavian film directed by France Štiglic. The story revolves around the Croatian Ustasha concentration camp named The Ninth Circle, based on the infamous Jasenovac concentration camp. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[1] It was also entered into the 1960 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


Critical reception[edit]

The Ninth Circle was nominated for the Golden Palm in Cannes and for an Oscar for best foreign language film.

The film was also released in more than 30 countries, including the U.S., the Soviet Union, France, Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Israel, Argentina, Australia, and Japan.[3]

The Croatian Film Association's database describes The Ninth Circle as "the most beautiful and the most moving war melodrama of Croatian cinema".[3] In 1999, a poll of Croatian film critics found it to be one of the best Croatian films ever made.[4]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The 33rd Academy Awards (1961) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Ninth Circle". Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  3. ^ a b (in Croatian)
  4. ^ ""Tko pjeva, zlo ne misli" najbolji hrvatski film svih vremena!". Slobodna Dalmacija (in Croatian). 1999-11-28. Retrieved 2013-02-08. 

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