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DirectorMladen Mitrovic
ProducerMladen Mitrovic – Fabrika snova, Balkan Art Centar, Factum
WriterMladen Mitrovic
EditorDavor Bosankic
CameraZoran Petrovic, Mladen Mitrovic, Uday Shandal
ScreeningSaturday 12 November at 21:30h / Sunda 13 November at 14:15h
Length137 min
CountySerbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia

A compelling awakening of emotions while reconstructing a beautiful friendship. Dutch Premiere


Yugoslavia broke apart in a blood-soaked civil war. The very heart of the country, Bosnia and Herzegovina, suffered the most. This conflict of Bosniacs (Muslims), Serbs (Eastern Orthodox) and Croats (Catholics) resulted in hundreds of thousands of victims and changed the destinies of many people, dispersing them around the world as refugees. The director embarks on a world tour to find the then 10-year-old actors from his first film, scattered away from their native city by the whirlwind of war.

Mitrovic points out: “I was born on a movie set and lived a happy childhood. And just when the stars seemed closer than ever, the sky above me got overcast, bringing along the war that put everything on hold. I stopped dreaming and started escaping from a reality that was suffocating my emotions and I`ve distanced from film.”

Emoties bloeien op tijdens het ontstaan van een mooie vriendschap.


Joegoslavië viel uit elkaar door een met bloed doordrenkte burgeroorlog. Het hart van het land, Bosnië en Herzegovina, leed het meest. Dit conflict van Bosniërs (moslims), Serviërs (Oosters-orthodoxen) en Kroaten (katholieken) maakte honderdduizenden slachtoffers en veranderde het lot van veel mensen, die zich over de hele wereld verspreidden als vluchteling. De regisseur maakt een wereldreis en treft de toenmalige tienjarige acteurs uit zijn eerste film ver weg van hun eigen stad, verjaagd door de turbulentie van oorlog.

Mitrovic vertelt: “Ik ben geboren op een filmset en had een gelukkige jeugd. En op het moment dat de sterren dichterbij leken dan ooit werd de lucht boven mij bewolkt en kwam alles tot stilstand door de oorlog. Ik stopte met dromen en ontsnapte uit een realiteit die mijn emoties verstikte en distantieerde me van de filmwereld.”

FESTIVALS & AWARDS (selection)

Sarajevo Film Festival, 2015 – Audience Award | ZagrebDox, 2016 | Beldocs, Serbia, 2016 | European Film Festival, Kenya, 2016

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