The Rat Savior

The Rat Saviour (Croatian: Izbavitelj) is a 1976 Croatian fantasy horror film directed by Krsto Papić. It was released in 1976, but won Best Film at the 1980 Paris Festival and 1982 Fantasporto. The film was selected as the Yugoslav entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 49th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2]

The Rat Saviour
Directed byKrsto Papić
Written byIvo Brešan
Krsto Papić
Zoran Tadić
(based on the novel by Alexander Grin)
StarringIvica Vidović
Mirjana Majurec
Relja Bašić
Ilija Ivezić
Fabijan Šovagović
Branko Špoljar
CinematographyIvica Rajković
Edited byMiroslava Kapić
Žana Gerova
Music byBrane Živković
Release date
  • 26 October 1976 (1976-10-26)
Running time
83 minutes[1]
CountrySFR Yugoslavia

In 1999, a poll of Croatian film critics found it to be one of the best Croatian films ever made.[3]


A man uncovers a race of intelligent rats who can appear as human. He is captured and taken to the rat people's leader (the "savior" of the movie's title). He escapes, but then wonders who among his fellow humans is a rat person in disguise.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "ARHiNET – Izbavitelj (Komad)".
  2. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences[full citation needed]
  3. ^ ""Tko pjeva, zlo ne misli" najbolji hrvatski film svih vremena!". Slobodna Dalmacija (in Croatian). 28 November 1999. Retrieved 8 February 2013.

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