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During the student demonstrations against the Milosevic regime, a boy has to confront his mother. Starring Jovan Ginic, whose portrayal of the character won him awards in Cannes and Sarajevo.

Belgrade, 1996. Stefan is 14 years old. Following the opposition party’s victory in the elections, Milosevic’s Socialist Party falsified the results. As the party decides to annul the vote, the country enters a turbulent period. Stefan’s mother Marklena is the spokesperson for the party. He will have to go through the most burdensome revolution of all. A political drama with a documentary approach, it shows the personal background of the director who tries to ‘’dissect and diagnose the violence in Serbian society’’.


Saturday, 25 November – 21:30

Sunday, 26 November – 14:30

LOST COUNTRY | 2023 | 98 min | Serbia, France, Luxemburg, Croatia

PRODUCTIONJanja Kralj, Nadia Turincev, Omar El Kadi, Vladimir Perisic – KinoElektron, Easy Riders Films, Trilema; Red Lion, Kinorama, Arte France Cinema, Cosmodigital
CASTJovan Ginic, Jasna Duricic, Dusko Valentic, Helena Buljan
SCREENPLAYVladimir Perisic, Alice Winocour
CINEMATOGRAPHYSarah Blum, Louise Botkay Courcier
EDITINGMartial Salomon


Cannes Film Festival, 2023 – Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award, World Premiere | Sarajevo Film Festival, 2023 – Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actor (Jovan Ginic) | Filmfest Hamburg, 2023 | Melbourne International Film Festival, 2023 | Chicago International Film Festival, 2023


I am not one of those professionals who consider filmmaking a job, and who make film after film. I needed the things that happened in the 1990s to become history, as opposed to a never-ending psychological war, which continued after the actual war ended and is still around, albeit in a milder form.


Vladimir Perišić was born in 1976 in Belgrade, Serbia. After studying literature at University Paris VII, he graduated from film directing at La Fémis. His graduation film Dremano Oko, was screened as part of the Cinéfondation selection at Cannes in 2003. His first feature, Ordinary People, premiered at Cannes as part of Critics’ Week. Our Shadow Will, was his contribution to the collective film Bridges of Sarajevo, part of the official selection at Cannes 2014. Vladimir has been co-director of the Belgrade Auteur Film Festival since 2011. In 2018 and 2019 he was filmmaker-programmer at ACID. Lost Country is his second feature.

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