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.
- Label Europa Cinemas - Berlin IFF
- Special Mention for Best Balkan Film - Sofia IFF
- Snezana Bogdanovic
- Marko Bacovic
- Jovana Stojiljkovic
- Vesna Trivalic
- Dragana Varagic
- Elma Tataragic
- Damjan Radovanovic
- Milena Petrovic
- Aleksandra Kovac
- WEST END PRODUCTIONS
A psychological drama de luxe, with a Polanski-like thriller undercurrent.
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.