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Masterclass by Biserka Suran


Moderated by Margje de Koning, artistic director of Movies that Matter Festival.

In Scenes with My Father (The Netherlands, 2022), filmmaker Biserka Suran takes her father on a trip down memory lane in which she revives scenes from their country of birth, former Yugoslavia. Memories are reflected in cinematic decor sets in which they converse about nationality, identity, love, dreams, and regrets. 

“I wanted to make a film about the past, about moments that had already happened, about a country that disappeared, about nostalgia and longing. But how do you do that? How do you make a film about things you can’t see?”

In this Masterclass, filmmaker Biserka Suran takes you on her film journey. Through the love letters from her parents, the use of archive material from the former Yugoslavia and the design of an abstract space as a means to enter the past.

Biserka Šuran (Koper, Yugoslavia, 1989) is a Dutch-Croatian film director, living and working in Amsterdam. In 2015 she graduated as a documentary director from the Netherlands Film Academy with the short “Allez, Viens!”. Her debut film “Scenes with My Father” premiered at the IDFA festival in the Envision Competition in 2022 and won the award for Best Documentary at the Trieste Film Festival in Italy and the FIPRESCI Award at the Beyond Borders festival in Greece. More info: www.biserkasuran.com