A Good Wife

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    A Good Wife

    Dobra zena

    Directed by

    Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia

    2016

    94 min

    • Serbian

    Drama

    Milena is a middle-aged wife and mother ensconced comfortably behind a gate in an upscale suburb of Belgrade. She quietly tends to her looks, dutifully cooks and entertains, and meets her friends for choir practice. She makes love with her husband and they socialize jauntily with a group of old friends. But unsettling realities are beginning to seep into Milena’s consciousness and disrupt her ordered world. One day while cleaning, she happens upon a videotape that incriminates her husband in horrific war crimes. A Good Wife is the story of how this secret reverberates in Milena’s life and eventually changes her.

    Awards

    • White Iris (Best First Film) - Brussels FF
    • FIPRESCI Award - Motovun IFF

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    Credits

    Cast
    Mirjana Karanovic
    Boris Isakovic
    Jasna Djuricic
    Bojan Navojec
    Hristina Popovic
    Ksenija Marinkovic
    Screenplay
    Mirjana Karanovic
    Stevan Filipovic
    Darko Lungulov
    Cinematography
    Erol Zubcevic
    Editing
    Lazar Predojev
    Music
    Dejan Pejovic
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    Press

    A classically styled directorial debut.

    Alissa Simon, Variety

    A clean affair devoted to delivering the story of a kind, decent woman who unexpectedly finds herself in very dirty circumstances.

    Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa

    Mirjana Karanović

    Mirjana Karanović

    Serbia

    I just can’t live my life in my country not trying to respond to certain subjects, because politics is such a big part of our lives.

    Mirjana Karanović is a Serbian actress known for many important roles in former Yugoslav films. She made her screen debut in 1980 film PETRIA’S WREATH by Srđan Karanović. World fame came with the role of the mother in Emir Kusturica’s WHEN FATHER WAS AWAY ON BUSINESS. One of her most memorable roles was the one of Esma in GRBAVICA, directed by Jasmila Žbanić (Golden Bear Award for Best Film at the Berlinale). For this performance, Mirjana Karanović has won a number of awards at festivals and a nomination for the European Film Academy Award 2006. She appeared in Andrea Štaka’s film DAS FRAULEIN (Grand Prix at Locarno Film Festival, Heart of Sarajevo Award) and Darko Lungulov’s film HERE AND THERE (The Best New York Narrative at Tribeca film festival). In 2008 she won the Winning Freedom Award, an award presented to a woman whose work promotes and affirms the principles of human rights, rule of law, democracy and tolerance in society. A GOOD WIFE was Mirjana’s directing debut, co-written and co-directed by Stevan Filipović. It premiered at Sundance in 2016. The project AUNTS (in collaboration with Andrea Štaka, Šejla Kamerić and Kim Longinotto) is taking part in Pitching du Réel 2018.