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FNE a Berlinale 2017: Serbian Film in Berlin Featured

Film Center Serbia 2017-02-11

Serbian Films in Berlin are REQUIEM FOR MS. J in Panorama Special and HERD on EFM

REQUIEM FOR MRS. J. / REKVIJEM ZA GOSPODJU J., film by Bojan Vuletic / 94 min / black comedy

Mrs. J, a former administrative clerk, decides to tie up all her loose ends: wash a
sink full of dishes, go to the store, dig up an old pistol. Her late husband's pistol.
She is determined to kill herself with that gun on the anniversary of her
husband's death, which is in a week’s time.
She is prepared to finish all private and administrative work so that she may
commit suicide in the exact way she wants to. But to begin the proceedings, she
needs just one more thing - a certificate proving her employment over the past
20 years. In an ex-socialist country which is going through transition, this is a
highly complicated thing. Because living in transition is complicated enough, but
dying is even more so.
Bojan Vuletic
Born in Belgrade in 1977. Graduated in film and TV directing from the Faculty
of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. His first feature film A Practical Guide to Belgrade
with Singing and Crying premiered at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the East
of the West competition. It won several national and international awards such
as: FEDEORA Critic Award at Pula Film Festival, FIPRESCI Award at Cinema
City Film Festival, and the Special jury prize at Jeonju festival in South Korea.
As a co-writer, he has collaborated with Stefan Arsenijevic on the omnibus Lost
and Found (Serbian story) and feature Love and Other Crimes, for which he was
two times granted the best screenplay award at the national festivals.

PRODUCED BY: SEE Film Pro, Serbia, Geopoly Film, Bulgaria, Skopje Film Studio, Macedonia

PRODUCERS: Nenad Dukic (Serbia), Pavlina Jeleva (Bulgaria), Tomi Salkovski (Macedonia)
COPRODUCERS: Alexander Rodnyansky (Russia), Alice Ormieres (France)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Miroslav Mogorovic (Serbia)
SCREENPLAY: Bojan Vuletic
CONTACT: Soul Food, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SCREENINGS:

Sat, 11.02, 17:00, Cubix 9
Sun, 12.02, 15:30, CinemaxX 12 (Market screening)
Mon, 13.02, 19:00, Zoo Palast 1 (Premiere)
Tue, 14.02, 09:30, CinemaxX 7
Tue, 14.02, 11:00, CinemaxX 13 (Market screening)
Wed 15.02, 14:30, Cubix 9

BERLINALE COPRODUCTION MARKET

LOST COUNTRY / LOST COUNTRY, film by Vladimir Perišic
PRODUCED BY: Trilema, Serbia / KinoElektron, France / MPM Film, France
SCREENPLAY: Vladimir Perišic, Alice Winnocour
CONTACT: Vladimir Perišic, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lost Country is the story of a Yugoslavian communist family seen through the point
of view of a child, Stefan.
The film follows his personal evolution through the big upheavals of the country:
from the eden of childhood before the war, through adolescence when violence and
chaos rose to the surface, to the death of his grandfather which pushes him into
adulthood. But with which heritage ?

Vladimir Perišic
After studying at La Fémis, and participating in the residency program of the
Cinéfondation, he directed the short film Dremano Oko (Cannes 2003), followed
by his first feature Ordinary People (coproduced by Arte France Cinema, sales by
Wild Bunch), presented at the Critiques Week of the Cannes Film Festival in 2009.
He was part of a group of directors chosen to collaborate on the collective film Ponts
de Sarajevo (segment Our Shadow Will – ocial selection Cannes 2014). Lost
Country, co-written with Alice Winnocour, will be his second feature.

BERLINALE TALENTS - SHORT FILM STATION

THE SHIFT / SMENA, film by Luka Popadic / 14 min / short fiction
PRODUCED BY: Non-Aligned Films, Serbia / Radar Film GmbH, Switzerland
SCREENPLAY: Luka Popadic, Vladimir Tagic
CONTACT: Luka Popadic This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Serbia, 1999. In 9 minutes and 45 seconds, a NATO airstrike will hit the oces of
the Miloševic regime-controlled state television.
The cutter Terza is about to finish his shift. He turns his computer o and heads
towards the exit.
On his way out he meets a colleague who asks him for just one little favour. But the
clock is ticking...

Luka Popadic
After studying political science in Zürich and internships in Berlin and Chicago he
graduated Film and TV directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade. His
student shorts have been broadcast by various TV stations in Europe and have been
screened at more than 100 international festivals, where they won numerous
awards.

NEW FEATURES

EDERLEZI RISING / EDERLEZI RISING, 90 / Sci-Fi Erotic Drama / Post production
Ederlezi corporation recruits Milutin, a Slavic cosmonaut trained in the
newly reformed futuristic Soviet Union, for a perilous space voyage. They
send Nimani, a female android programmed to fulfill whatever Milutin
desires, to be his companion on the long journey. Bored by an endless
succession of dierent sexual games and pre-programmed behaviors,
Milutin decides to reboot Nimani and make her operate based on custom
parameters generated exclusively from her experiences with him.
Produced by: Mir Media Group, Serbia
Directed by: Lazar Bodroža
Screenplay: Dimitrije Vojnov
Contact: Aleksandar Protic, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

THE BASICS OF KILLING / NAŠA PORODICA, 99 / Drama / Post production (MINORITY COPRODUCTION)
The Gradniks are a happy family: Marko is a high school teacher and his
wife, Dunja, is a chemical engineer. Their son, Taras, has a passion for judo;
the daughter, Mala, is a cute, daring girl. One day, one of Marko's students
unexpectedly confesses her love for him and Marko is fired on the grounds
of sexual harassment. Then, although her boss regrets it, Dunja is let go
from her job as well. This is the beginning of the road downhill: jobs are
scarce; their savings are gone, the bills are piling up.
Produced by: Perfo, Slovenia / Pilon Media, Serbia
Directed by / Screenplay: Jan Cvitkovic
Contact: Soul Food Films, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ERASED / IZBRISANA, 99 / Drama / Post production (MINORITY COPRODUCTION)
Zala arrives to the maternity ward and gives birth without any problems.
However, there is a hiccup when her information cannot be found
in the computer. At first she thinks this is an error, soon to be corrected.
However, things get increasingly complicated as Zala and her daughter
get dragged into a Kaaesque nightmare. Zala has lived in Slovenia almost
all her life, but now she no longer exists and in terms of status she
is nothing but an illegal immigrant.
Produced by: Gustav film, Slovenia / Kinorama, Croatia / Delirium, Serbia
Directed by / Screenplay: Miha Mazzin
Contact: Petra Vidmar, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HERD / STADO, 100 / comedy / Completed
Herd is a hilarious satirical comedy about life behind the camera. Incurable
enthusiasts, blind to objective circumstances, put their very existence at risk
in order to make a great movie. Even if it means making a deal with the
devil.
Produced by: K12, Serbia / Prva TV, Serbia / Cineplexx
Directed by: Nikola Kojo
Screenplay: Nebojša Romcevic
Contact: Biljana Prvanovic, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MARKET SCREENING
Tue 14.02, 14:15 CinemaxX 17

OUT OF THE WOODS / KOZJE UŠI, 120 / comedy / Completed
A black comedy about a particular woman in a particular country. Stojanka
(62) lives in a small village in Banat, on the edge of the Deliblato Sands. As
with all her compatriots, her circumstances are wretched – a daily struggle
to eke out an existence and an even worse struggle to make sense of such a
life. At one point in her past, Stojanka – like the country in which she lives –
stood at a crossroads and took the wrong turn.
Produced by: Luks film, Serbia / Gustav film, Slovenia
Directed by: Marko Kostic
Screenplay: Vladislava Vojnovic
Contact: Luks film, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OFFENDERS / IZGREDNICI, 100 / drama / Post production
Three young people are systematically committing acts of vandalism in
dierent parts of Belgrade. Soon we discover that the trio is filming and
watching these locations around the clock, trying to find proof for a bizarre
"sociological equation”, as a part of their thesis for their master degree in
Philosophy.
Produced by: Biberche, Serbia
Directed by: Dejan Zecevic
Screenplay: Djordje Milosavljevic
Contact: Nikolina Vucetic Zecevic, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PERSEVERANCE / ISTRAJNOST (MINORITY COPRODUCTION), 120 / drama / Completed
Perseverance is a collage of moments we do not want to speak about, of
memories and secrets that are kept to oneself. Intertwined unrelated stories
melt together into an integral whole. The viewer follows a series of fatal
events – birth, love (first crush, first passion and mature love), to their
conflicting endings – of stories and relationships, some voluntary, some
imposed. The events leave their mark on the main characters and change
their views on life.
Produced by: Nukleus film, Slovenia / This and That Productions, Serbia
Directed by: Miha Knific
Screenplay: Miha Knific, Klavdija Zupan, Marjan Alcevski, Tamara Doneva
Contact: Snežana Penev, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SNOW DREAMS / SNEVANI SNEGOVI, 113 min / drama / Post production
It is 1680, the age of snow dreams, in the middle of the desolate Backa
region of present day Serbia, right after an Ottoman invasion. There is
not a soul in sight, a day’s walk in every direction. Among the ruins of an
abandoned monumental church without a roof, three characters appear:
Longman, Lame and One-eye, all recently escaped from Turkish
slavery, in search for their long-lost home.
Produced by: Arbos, Serbia / Lumiere Kft, Hungary
Directed by: Zoltan Bicskei
Screenplay: Zoltan Bicskei
Contact Siniša Bokan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SOLDIERS. A STORY FROM FERENTARI / VOJNICI, 99 / Drama / Post production
Adi (40) is anthropologist who was recently dumped by his girlfriend. He moves
to Ferentari (the poorest neighborhood in Bucharest), with the desire of writing
a study on manele music. While researching his subject, he meets Alberto (35),
a Roma ex-convict who promises Adi he will help him. Soon, the two men start
having a love aair, and what at first seems to Adi no more than a simple bit of
fun, slowly morphs into a nightmare: Alberto is both dangerous and fragile and
belongs to a world whose codes Adi doesn't know.
Produced by: Hi Film Productions, Romania / Film House Bas Celik,
Serbia / Frakas Productions, Belgium
Directed by / Screenplay: Ivana Mladenovic
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AFTERPARTY, Completed
DIRECTED BY: Luka Bursac
PRODUCED BY: Ljuti Bicikl, Serbia / Mashina & Zec, Serbia / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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SANTA MARIA DELLA SALUTE, Completed
DIRECTED BY: Zdravko Šotra
PRODUCED BY: RTS, Serbia / Visionteam, Serbia / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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ZONE COME BACK, Completed
DIRECTED BY: Jug Radivojevic
PRODUCED BY: Zone grad production, Serbia / RTV Pink Serbia www.zonazamfirova.com

CARGO / KARGO, 80' / documentary / Completed
Darko Rundek, one of the greatest contemporary poets and musicians of
ex-Yugoslavia, is searching for an ultimate song to express his quest for
freedom. Following him from his home in Paris, across Europe and Balkans,
to the intimacy of a remote Adriatic island where he now returns to live, we
embark on a spiritual journey through music and songwriting.
Produced by Biljana Tutorov, William Long, Edouard Mauriat, Nenad
Puhovski
Directed by Biljana Tutorov
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

THE CHINESE WILL COME / DOCI CE ŽUTI LJUDI I PICE VODU SA MORAVE, 75 / documentary / Post production
A female ensemble of middle-aged square dancers, a farmer’s family,
provintial shop owners, employees in a shopping mall – all have something
in common. They all hail from China and live an isolated life in Serbia, lost
between here and there, fighting for survival. So, what happens in their lives
when the Chinese President makes his historic visit to Serbia?
Produced by: Talas Film, Serbia
Directed by / Screenplay: Tanja Brzakovic
Contact: Nebojša Miljkovic, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

THE DISTANCES / LAS DISTANCIAS, 72 / documentary / Completed
This film is about a journey of Indira, a Cuban immigrant to America. About
an attempt to find a better life and economic security. But also about the
consequences of her emigration for the ones she left behind in Santa Clara:
her 11-year-old son Leandro and mother Xiomara, together with many
other members of her numerous family.
Produced by: All Inclucive Films, Serbia
Directed by / Screenplay: Nemanja Vojinovic
Contact: Andrijana Stojkovic, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

THE FORBIDDEN AUNT / ZABRANJENA TETKA, 75 / documentary / Post production
In a world swamped with telenovelas and soap operas, a Serbian family
proves that life can sometimes be much more dramatic and stranger than
fiction.
Produced by: SENSE Production, Serbia
Directed by / Screenplay: Bojana Novakovic
Contact: Milan Stojanovic, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GASTARBEITER STORIES / GASTARBAJTERSKE PRICE, 90 / documentary / Post production
Darko Markov is a Viennese taxi driver who gets additional inspiration for
his novel about the hard life of Balkan gastarbeiters while driving around the
streets of Vienna. After the good reception of his novel and the
monodrama based on it, which Darko performs himself, our protagonist
decides to take a step further. He is going to turn his bitter gastarbeiter
experience into a theater play.
Produced by Corona Film, Serbia
Directed by / Screenplay Mladen orevic
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HOPE AGAINST HOPE / ŠTA CEKAMO BABA?, 67' / documentary / Completed
Dragoslava, a retired high school teacher, leads a modest yet extraordinary
life in a small Serbian town across the broder with the European Union. She
has four TV sets, three grandchildren, two best friends, and a husband with
whom she fights over the remote control. She is a trained poll monitor,
passionate about elections and her right to be in the minority. She keeps
her private press archive of all major events in recent political history of five
countries in which she has lived without ever moving from her apartment.
Produced and directed by Biljana Tutorov
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

IN PRAISE OF NOTHING / SLATKO OD NIŠTA, 80’ / documentary / Post production
A satirical documentary parable about Nothing, filmed worldwide by 100+
complementary DoPs, scored by cabaret grandmasters Pascal Comelade &
The Tiger Lillies and narrated - in simple childish verse - by Iggy Pop.
Produced by: Dribbling Pictures, Serbia / Anti-Absurd, Croatia / La Bête,
France
Directed by / Screenplay: Boris Mitic
Contact: Dribbling Pictures, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LEGACY / ZAVEŠTANJE, 88’ / documentary / Completed
A unique cinematic monument which strives to convey the collective
experience of horrific civic suering which took place during World War II
on the territory of the Independent State of Croatia. Edited from 450
hours of recorded testimonies, collected over four years of conversations
with 94 concentration camp survivors, Legacy is an excerpt from a much
greater documentary archive. A film without any narrators, historians or
archive footage; a story completely immersed in the pure immediacy of live
testimonies which gives the victims the right to interpret their own
suering.
Produced by Terirem production Serbia / Cinnamon production, Serbia
Directed by / Screenplay Ivan Jovic
Contact Ana Marjanovic, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

THE LONG ROAD TO WAR / DUGO PUTOVANJE U RAT, 120 / documentary / Completed
A comprehensive documentary study of the origins of World War One, the
greatest armed conflict that the world had seen at the time. The film is
based on interviews with the most prominent historians from the UK,
Germany, Russia, France, Austria and Serbia and the film material hailing
from archives of 15 countries.
Produced by: Paradox Film, Serbia
Directed by / Screenplay: Miloš Škundric
Contact: Paradox Film, oThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OCCUPIED CINEMA / OKUPIRANI BIOSKOP, 100 / documentary / Post production
Film about a guerrilla action initiated by young activists taking over the
privatized cinema Zvezda in Belgrade, Serbia. This activity unites various
social groups that shared the same ambition - to change the reality in which
they live. However, their views about what that reality is supposed to look
like turn out not to be aligned.
Produced by This and That Productions, Serbia / Nukleus Film, Croatia
Directed by / Screenplay: Senka Domanovic
Contact: Snežana Penev, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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WHY DID DRAGAN GATHER HIS BAND / ZASTO JE DRAGAN NAPRAVIO ORKESTAR, 62' / documentary / Completed
A self-taught Roma musician from a village called Beška in Serbia, Dragan
Petrovic, together with his three underage sons, founds a band, not only to
make a living, but first and foremost to keep his family together.
On the way to their dreams, from playing by ear to reading music, this
unusual ensemble will have to overcome many obstacles.
Produced by Rezon, Serbia / Menorah film, Croatia
Directed by Nikola Spasic
Screenplay Milanka Gvoic
Contact: Rezon, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING / DRUGA STRANA SVEGA, 90’ / documentary / Post production
In an apartment in Belgrade there is a door that has been locked for 65
years. This film seeks the key to unlock that door, combining a family
memoir with the portrait of a country in turmoil, to reveal a disillusioned
revolutionary and her struggle with the ghosts haunting Serbia’s past and
present.
Produced by Dribbling Pictures, Serbia / Survivance, France / HBO Europe / ARTE/WDR
Directed by Mila Turajlic
Contact Mila Turajlic, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.dissimila.rs
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THE LONG ROAD TO WAR / DUGO PUTOVANJE U RAT, 120 / documentary / Completed
A comprehensive documentary study of the origins of World War One, the
greatest armed conflict that the world had seen at the time. The film is
based on interviews with the most prominent historians from the UK,
Germany, Russia, France, Austria and Serbia and the film material hailing
from archives of 15 countries.
Produced by: Paradox Film, Serbia
Directed by / Screenplay: Miloš Škundric
Contact: Paradox Film, oThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WONGAR  WHITE ABORIGINE / WONGAR  BELI ABORIDŽANIN, 71’ / documentary / Post production
Wongar spends his autumn years in voluntary isolation in the suburbs of
Melbourne. He has spent his whole life with Aboriginal tribes in the
Northern Territory which has profoundly influenced his literature. He’s
living with his 6 dingoes which he believes embody the spirits of his
Aboriginal family.
Produced by Art & Popcorn, Serbia
Directed by / Screenplay: Andrijana Stojkovic
Contact Soul Food, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

THE WORKING CLASS IS OFF TO PARADISE
RADNICKA KLASA ODLAZI U RAJ
80 / documentary / Completed
A film about the former working class in today's Serbian transitional society.
The story takes us into the everyday lives of five former employees of what
were once industrial giants in the town Zrenjanin, Serbia. The film provides a
fresh insight into the fates of the forgotten heroes of the working class - the
people who have overcome time, the system, transition into the “free
market” and poverty that goes alongside with it, and whose tragic life stories
are both new and everlasting.
Produced by: Mandragora film, Serbia / Luksuz produkcija, Serbia
Directed by / Screenplay: Marko Cvejic
Contact: Marko Cvejic, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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WONGAR  WHITE ABORIGINE / WONGAR  BELI ABORIDŽANIN, 71’ / documentary / Post production
Wongar spends his autumn years in voluntary isolation in the suburbs of
Melbourne. He has spent his whole life with Aboriginal tribes in the
Northern Territory which has profoundly influenced his literature. He’s
living with his 6 dingoes which he believes embody the spirits of his
Aboriginal family.
Produced by Art & Popcorn, Serbia
Directed by / Screenplay: Andrijana Stojkovic
Contact Soul Food, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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BERLINALE TALENTS
Jovana Nikolic, producer
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