Snežana Bogdanović (Actress), Milena Trobozic Garfield (Producer), Uliks Fehmiu (Producer), Elma Tataragić (Screenwriter), Miroslav Terzić (Director)
Moderation: Anatol Weber
When seamstress Ana places a cake on the kitchen table, her adolescent daughter Ivana just shakes her head and turns away. Her husband Jovan also wants her to drop the subject. With this gesture, Ana celebrates the birthday of her son who, according to the hospital, died immediately after he was born. He would be 20 years old now. Ana shares the fate with many other Serbian women and believes she had her newborn child stolen from her so the infant could be given up for illegal adoption for money. A new clue gives Ana reason to hope again.
A few years ago, an outrageous scandal came to light in Serbia; a scandal whose resolution is still ongoing because the authorities continue to stonewall the investigation. In thousands of cases of systematic child theft over several decades, hospitals are said to have sold newborn babies with the help of a clandestine network of doctors, undertakers and government employees, and informed the parents that their child had died. Featuring an expressive performance from the female lead and a moving screenplay, Miroslav Terzić’s film carefully unfolds a story of loss and hope.
Serbia / Slovenia / Croatia / Bosnia and Herzegovina 2019
97’ · Colour
Snezana Bogdanovic (Ana)Marko Bacovic (Jovan)Jovana Stojiljkovic (Ivana)Vesna Trivalic (Marija)Dragana Varagic (Doctor)Pavle Cemerikic (Marko)
Born in Belgrade in former Yugoslavia in 1969, he studied international law at the city’s university before taking a postgraduate degree in its Faculty of Dramatic Arts. His debut feature film, Redemption Street, premiered at the Sarajevo Film Festival and went on to screen at the São Paulo International Film Festival. He also works as a director for major marketing agencies.Filmography
2012 Redemption Street
Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019
West End Productions