Circles

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Circles (Krugovi)

Directed by Srdan Golubovic

  • France, Serbia, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia 2013; 112 min
  • Original version: Serbo-Croatian, German
  • Genre: Drama
    • World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award - Sundance FF
    • Forum Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Berlinale IFF
    • Golden Apricot Prize - Yerevan IFF
  •  

    Serbian submission for the Academy Awards

Synopsis

Bosnia – 1993. In the midst of the Bosnian war, Marko a Serbian soldier witnesses the brutal aggression of Haris, a Muslim civilian, by three fellow soldiers. Marko interferes and saves Haris, but is beaten to death by the infuriated soldiers. 2008. The war is over but the wounds of the conflict are still open. Marko’s father is rebuilding a church, he is offered help by one of Marko’s killers’ son and hesitates about accepting it. Marko’s friend, a renowned surgeon in Belgrade, faces terrible choices when told to operate on one of the three soldiers on the verge of death. As for Haris, he now lives in Germany and is faced with a unique opportunity to repay his debt to his savior.

Director's Statement

"This film is inspired by true events. When I heard a story about a Serbian soldier who saved the life of his Muslim neighbor, and because of that was beaten to death by his fellow Serbian soldiers, I realized that I must present this story, as a unique one amongst rare positive stories of war in former Yugoslavia. "I asked myself, 'Does one human life, sacrificed in this way, trigger positive effects on other people? Can this transform us to become better?' "During the Ex-Yugoslav wars, I lived in Belgrade and studied at Film school. The battlefield was 100 km from me and I was appalled with the horrors that happened on an everyday basis, but I didn't have the courage or I couldn't rebel against it. "Making this film is my personal reconciliation with those times."

Production

  • FILM HOUSE BAS CELIK

    Jelena Mitrovic 

  • NEUE MEDIOPOLIS FILMPRODUKTION

     

  • LA CINEFACTURE

     

  • VERTIGO

     

  • PROPELER FILM

     

International Sales

  • MEMENTO FILMS INTERNATIONAL