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ENFF On Tour in Rotterdam: Requiem for Mrs. J.

Screening Time: Sunday 24 September | 19:00h | KINO | Gouvernestraat 129–133, 3014 PM Rotterdam

A compelling black comedy about life in transition and a desperate widow planning her final days. Another excellent performance by Mirjana Karanovic, the true diva of ex-Yugoslavian and contemporary Balkan cinema in an award-winning film that premiered at this year’s Berlinale and won the main prize at goEast, Wiesbaden. Requiem for Mrs. J. will have its Dutch premiere in KINO Rotterdam and will be followed by cocktails and performance by wonderful Macedonian/Dutch vocalist and composer Aleksandra Popovska.

Synopsis

Mrs. J. is a middle-aged widow living in a modest post-communist flat in Belgrade with her mother in law and two daughters. After losing her job, she falls into a deep existential crisis. Although film brings an effective, Kafkaesque treatment of life in the Balkans, the fate of Mrs. J., played with great devotion by iconic Serbian actress Mirjana Karanovic, can be easily imagined in other countries affected by the global economic crisis. Moreover, it’s a family drama with a lot of emotion and love. The director points out: “In a way, until we reach death in one moment we cannot start living again.”

Festivals & Awards (selection)

Berlin International Film Festival, 2017 – Section Panorama Special | goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, 2017 – Best Film | Sofia International Film Festival, 2017 – FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film | FEST Belgrade International Film Festival, 2017 – Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Film in the national selection

Original title: Rekvijem za gospodju J. Country: Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Russia, France Year: 2017 Length: 94 min Director/Screenplay: Bojan Vuletic Editing: Vladimir Pavlovski Director of Photography: Jelena Stankovic Cast: Mirjana Karanovic, Jovana Gavrilovic, Danica Nedeljkovic Producer: Nenad Dukic Production company: SEE Film Pro; Geopoly Film, Skopje Film Studio, Non-Stop Production, Surprise Alley Subtitles: English