Srbenka

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    Srbenka

    Directed by

    Croatia

    2018

    72 min

    • Croatian

    During the winter of 1991, Croatia defended itself against the military aggression of neighbouring Serbia. Among the innocent victims of this conflict was Aleksandra Zec, a teenager of Serbian origin, who was hatefully lynched in Zagreb. A generation later, while in Croatian schools, Serbian pupils continue to be taken for the “enemies” of yesterday, Oliver Frljić adapts “the Zec affair” at the theatre, with Nina, a Serbian, born in 2001, in the title role. In front of Nebojša Slijepčević’s camera, the troupe’s rehearsals turn into collective psychotherapy, interspersed by shots of an empty stage haunted by personal accounts that build up in voiceover. Through skilful metatheatre that involves both the troupe’s acting and sense of self as they work on their own memories, distanced by the theatrical device, Srbenka delineates a public space likely to break the cycle of vengeance. Slijepčević’s film also constitutes a powerful reflection on one of the possible functions of art: to dry out, metre by metre, the cesspool of hatred fed by the entrepreneurs of ethnic cleansing who continue to act today.

    Awards

    • Buyens-Chagoll Special Mention - Visions du Réel
    • Best Documentary Film - Sarajevo FF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Nebojša Slijepčević
    Cinematography
    Nebojša Slijepčević
    Bojan Mrđenović
    Iva Kraljević
    Editing
    Tomislav Stojanović
    Production
    RESTART

    Press

    Nebojša Slijepčević's eagerly anticipated documentary on the controversial murder of a 12-year-old girl explores the issue through work on a theatre play about the same subject.

    Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa

    Nebojša Slijepčević

    Nebojša Slijepčević

    Croatia

    Nebojša Slijepčević directed numerous creative documentaries, SOMETHING ABOUT LIFES, REAL MAN’S FILM, IN 4 YEARS, OF COWS AND PEOPLE, among others. His films have been awarded at many international festivals, including two awards at Sarajevo Film Festival and two awards at ZagrebDox. His first documentary feature, international co-production GANGSTER OF LOVE, premiered internationally at HotDocs and was one of the biggest documentary box office successes in Croatia.

    Selected Filmography