After a world premiere at Berlinale, the talented Milica Tomovic, an exciting female voice from Serbia, won the prestigious Heart of Sarajevo as Best Director. In her debut she deals with her country’s breakup, and closely observes the desires and prejudices of three generations who are desperately trying to make sense of their lives. A compelling drama with lots of humour.
Belgrade, 1993. Serbia is at war, people are suffering from sanctions and inflation, but everyone is doing what they can. Marijana throws a costume party for her daughter’s 8th birthday, with family and fellow parents attending. Grabbing a rare opportunity when their kids are being kept entertained in the other room, the parents open a few bottles in the kitchen and enjoy their reunion. Marijana suddenly realises that she longs for more than a bunch of drunken guests and an inattentive husband, so she sets out to discover the thrills the night has to offer. The party slowly disperses, just like Yugoslavia, the country Marijana and her friends were all born in.
Serbia | 2021 | 106 min
PRODUCTION: Vladimir Vasiljevic – EED Productions
CAST: Dubravka Kovjanic, Stefan Trifunovic, Katarina Dimic, Anja Djordjevic
SCREENPLAY: Tanja Sljivar, Milica Tomovic
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Dalibor Tonkovic
EDITING: Jelena Maksimovic
FESTIVALS & AWARDS (SELECTION)
Berlin International Film Festival, 2021 – World Premiere in Panorama section | Molodist, Kyiv International Film Festival – FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film, Scythian Deer Award for Best Feature film | Sarajevo Film Festival – Heart of Sarajevo for Best Director | Taipei Film Festival – Audience Award, Special Jury Prize, Taiwan Film Critics Society Award