The Chaotic Life of Nada Kadić

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    The Chaotic Life of Nada Kadić

    Kaotični život Nade Kadić

    Directed by

    Mexico, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    2018

    85 min

    • Bosnian

    Fiction

    The budgerigar flits through the flat and Nada dyes her hair while watching a music video; her small daughter plays around with liquids among the unwashed dishes whilst balancing dangerously on a kitchen stool. Then the fridge breaks down. Thankfully, the television still has a hypnotic effect. At first glance, this is all just the chaotic daily life of a young single mother. But Nada’s daughter Hava has been diagnosed with a form of autism – an additional challenge that leads to absurd situations with the authorities and the two-tier health system. No wonder Nada wants to escape Sarajevo. So the mother and daughter set off in a clapped out old Yugo for an adventure in the Bosnian countryside. The camera calms down in the foggy, rainy landscape. In this film, it takes on the role of an ally for the pair, who otherwise have no one. It both imbues the film with Hava’s intensity before coming to its senses again and maintaining an overview of Nada Kadic’s chaotic, yet undaunted life in her small apartment.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Aida Hadžibegović
    Hava Đombić
    Screenplay
    Marta Hernaiz
    Aida Hadžibegović
    Cinematography
    Jorge Bolado
    Editing
    Marta Hernaiz
    Mariana Rodríguez
    Music
    Jorge Bolado
    Production
    CINE VENDAVAL
    Marta Hernaiz Pidal

    Marta Hernaiz Pidal

    Mexico

    I feel fascinated by presenting the quotidien and everyday banalities, using humour as a tool to underline deeper issues in today´s society. Filmmaking has become an opportunity for me to understand “the other”, the wide and unpredictable spectrum of human behaviors, as well as myself.

    Marta Hernaiz Pidal (Mexico, 1988) graduated with honors from Centro de Diseño Cine y Televisión with the short film POLLITO CHICKEN, GALLINA HEN which was successful in Mexican and Latin American film festivals in 2012. In 2015, Marta completed her filmmaking masters degree in Bosnia & Herzegovina at film.factory, the school of the prominent film director Béla Tarr, where she had the chance to meet people from all over the world and learn from outstanding film industry personalities. Her short film DOBRO (2016) was selected for Cinefondátion section at Cannes Film Festival 2016 and participated in over fifty international film festivals. Marta has also worked as co-cinematographer and producer of the feature films LA ASUNCIÓN DE JOSÉ by Colombian director Juan Rocha and I AM GOD, DOGMA I, directed by Jorge Bolado. She is currently co-producing a documentary directed by the Japanese filmmaker Kaori Oda. Her first feature film THE CHAOTIC LIFE OF NADA KADIĆ was awarded the finishing fund “Impulso Morelia” at Morelia International Film Festival and premiered at the Berlinale Forum 2018.

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