After Nikola’s wife has attempted suicide, the casual labourer’s two children are taken away from him and placed with foster parents. A temporary arrangement, it is alleged. However, following an assessment of Nikola’s housing conditions, the head of the social welfare office in their small Serbian village decides that Nikola is too poor to provide an adequate living environment for his children. The reticent Nikola decides to lodge a complaint with the Ministry of Social Affairs in Belgrade. He is determined to cover the 300 kilometres to the capital on foot. In this way, he intends to show the authorities how far he is willing to go for his children – literally.
Srdan Golubović finds authentic, moving images to tell this tale of inequality. His quiet but resilient protagonist explores not only the country, but also the boundaries between right and wrong. Resolved not to give in to his mounting desperation, this tenacious father embarks on a heroic journey that redefines the word hero.
by Srdan Golubović
With Goran Bogdan, Boris Isaković, Nada Šargin, Milica Janevski, Muharem Hamzić, Ajla Šantić, Vahid Džanković, Jovo Maksić, Milan Marić, Nikola Rakocevic
Serbia / France / Germany / Croatia / Slovenia / Bosnia and Herzegovina 2020 Serbian 120’ Colour World premiere

With

  • Goran Bogdan (Nikola)
  • Boris Isaković (Vasiljević)
  • Nada Šargin (Biljana)
  • Milica Janevski (Službenica)
  • Muharem Hamzić (Miloš)
  • Ajla Šantić (Sanja)
  • Vahid Džanković (Službenik)
  • Jovo Maksić (Goran)
  • Milan Marić (Jovanović)
  • Nikola Rakocevic (Radoje)

Crew

DirectorSrdan Golubović
ScreenplaySrdan Golubović, Ognjen Svilicić
CinematographyAleksandar Ilić
EditingPetar Marković
Sound DesignErik Mischijew, Corina Fleig
SoundBruno Tarrière
Production DesignGoran Joksimović, Predrag Petrović
CostumesLjiljana Petrović
Make-upMarinela Spasenović
CastingBoban Dedeić
Assistant DirectorAleksandar Adžić
Production ManagerIlija Nikolić, Zlatko Volarević
Executive ProducerIgor Kecman
ProducersJelena Mitrović, Čedomir Kolar, Alexander Ris, Marc Baschet, Danis Tanović, Boris T. Matić, Lana Matić, Danijel Hočevar, Amra Bakšić Čamo, Adis Djapo
Co-producersMeinolf Zurhorst, Olivier Pere, Remi Burah
Co-productionZDF Arte, Berlin
Arte France, Paris

Produced by

Film House Baš Čelik

Belgrad, Serbia

ASAP Films

Paris, France

+33 1 42774776

www.asapfilms.com www.asapfilms.com

Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion

Leipzig, Germany

+49 341 3037224

www.neue-mediopolis.de www.neue-mediopolis.de

Propeler Film

Zagreb, Croatia

+385 1 4829477

Vertigo

Ljubljana, Slovenia

+386 41 645267

SCCA/Pro. Ba

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

+387 61 188869

www.pro.ba www.pro.ba

World sales

The Match Factory

Köln, Germany

+49 221 5397090

www.the-match-factory.com www.the-match-factory.com

Srdan Golubović

Born in Belgrade, Serbia (former Yugoslavia) in 1972, he studied theatre during which time he made several short films. He co-founded the Baš Čelik production company with other young filmmakers. In 2001, he made his debut feature film, Apsolutnih sto, which won a number of awards at several international festivals. His films Klopka and Krugovi both screened at the Berlinale. He lectures in film and television directing at the University of Arts in Belgrade.

Filmography (selection)

2001 Apsolutnih sto (Absolute Hundred) 2007 Klopka (The Trap); Forum 2013 Krugovi (Circles) 2020 Otac (Father); Panorama

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020