On April 5, 1941, a date Serbs will recognize, men on a country road board Krstic’s bus for Belgrade: two Gypsies who occasionally sing about misery, an aging war vet, a Nazi sympathizer, a dapper singer, a consumptive, and a man with a shotgun. Krstic is a world-weary cynic, out for a buck; the driver is his son, the simple, cheerful Misko. En route they pick up a priest and young newlyweds going to the seaside. Along the way, mis-adventure strikes: a flat tire, a rickety bridge, a farmer who’s plowed the road, a funeral, two feuding families, an army detail, and a lost wallet slow the bus and expose rifts among the travelers. On April 6, amid rumors of war, they reach Belgrade… —IMDb
Slobodan Šijan (Serbian Cyrillic: Слободан Шијан, pronounced [slɔbɔ̌dan ʃîjaːn]) (born November 16, 1946, Belgrade, Yugoslavia) is a Serbian film director.
After graduating film direction and directing a handful of TV movies in the late 1970s, he caught a big break with his first full-length feature Ko to tamo peva in 1980. The enormous success of that film written by Dušan Kovačević led to the duo collaborating on another project – 1982’s Maratonci trče počasni krug, which also achieved considerable critical and commercial success.
Over the coming years Šijan directed two more notable films – Kako sam sistematski uništen od idiota and Davitelj protiv davitelja. As of 2001, he is teaching at Loyola Marymount University film school. His favorite movie is Howard Hawks’ Rio Bravo (1959). —Wikipedia