Stitches

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    Stitches

    Šavovi

    Directed by

    Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina

    2019

    97 min

    • Serbian

    Drama

    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.

    Awards

    • Label Europa Cinemas - Berlin IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Snezana Bogdanovic
    Marko Bacovic
    Jovana Stojiljkovic
    Vesna Trivalic
    Dragana Varagic
    Screenplay
    Elma Tataragic
    Cinematography
    Damjan Radovanovic
    Editing
    Milena Petrovic
    Music
    Aleksandra Kovac
    Production
    WEST END PRODUCTIONS
    Sales
    CERCAMON

    Press

    A psychological drama de luxe, with a Polanski-like thriller undercurrent.

    Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa

    Miroslav  Terzić

    Miroslav Terzić

    Serbia

    We have a good topic and very emotional story, so I don't need too many formal elements. I would ruin [STITCHES] if I showed off all I know.

    Belgrade-born Miroslav Terzic graduated with a degree in International Law from the University of Belgrade. For his Bachelor Degree, he studied at the Belgrade Academy for Film & Drama, Belgrade University. Since 2000, he worked as a freelance artist, director and screenwriter. Outside of film work. he cooperated with the biggest advertising agencies in the region (including Media Plus, Leo Burnett, Oghilvy & Mather, Spectra, Kreativa, Incognito, etc.) for some of their major advertising campaigns. He made his feature debut with political thriller REDEMPTION STREET (2012). He followed this up with the drama-thriller STITCHES (2019), which premiered at Berlinale Panorama and most recently played at Karlovy Vary.

    Selected Filmography