ZAGREB: Director Vlatka Vorkapic started filming Sonja & the Bull, produced by Interfilm and Croatian Radio and Television, on 25 August 2011 in rural Croatia. Filming takes place in Zagreb and Dalmatia for the next six weeks. The film is funded by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HVAC)
The plot focuses on a love story between Sonja, an animal rights activist from Zagreb, and Ante, who organises bull contests from the Dalmatian hinterland. The leads are played by Judita Franković and Goran Bogdan. While Sonja considers events including organised bull contests as inhumane animal exploitation, Ante and his fellow countrymen consider it a tradition in which bulls enjoy special attention and respect. However, Garonja the bull will bring Ante and Sonja together.
The film also stars Dejan Aćimović, Ivo Gregurević, Vlasta Ramljak, Csilla Barath Bastaić, Vladimir Tintor, Barbara Prpić, and Dražen Čuček and. It is directed by Vlatka Vorkapić and produced by Ivan Maloča. The executive producer is Maja Vukić, cinematographer Dragan Marković, set designer Tanja Lacko, and costume designer and key make-up artist Slavica Šnur.
In 2002 Vlatka Vorkapić made a documentary film for Croatian Radio and Television Ćaća i braća, recording the events from the largest annual bull contest near the village of Radošić. Meeting bull owners and traditions related to the contest inspired the story of Sonja, Ante and Garonja the bull. An important role in the filming of Sonja & the Bull will be played by participants in traditional bull contests.