Regional Competition

In The Dark

Goran Stanković
Screening time  
26.02. / Thursday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 3  
27.02. / Friday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 3  
28.02. / Saturday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 1  
Emotions and contemplations, dreams and fears of mineworkers interwine with beautifully shot images above and below the ground.

Twenty-two-year-old Davor wants something different. To leave the small mining town of Lubnica in Serbia, where he has lived his whole life – to just pack up and go somewhere else, to a place where he can be a stranger. Work in the coal mine like his father? No way, that’s no ambition in life. Unfortunately, his career options are limited in this poor region, and the only one left open to him is to descend into that dark world after all. He resignedly drifts through the workweek, taking comfort in his dreams of a more interesting life. The camera stays close to the mineworkers, focusing in on their emotions and contemplations. Between beautifully shot images of the workers above and below the ground, Davor and his father talk openly to the camera about their doubts, pride and fear carrying out the hazardous work.


Goran Stanković

Goran Stankovićgrew up in Serbia where he received his BA in film directing and gained experience working on major national and foreign productions. He recently graduated with a Master’s Degree from the Directing Program at the American Film Institute and his thesis film Way in Rye was nominated for the Student Academy Award for Best Narrative Short. His two undergraduate films, Who Guards the Guardians and Old Mountain, were selected for over 50 international festivals and won 17 awards. More recently, he won the Franklin J. Schaffner fellow award in recognition of talent and outstanding film directing.

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U mraku

2014, 60', DCP

Directed by:
Goran Stanković

Dragan Vildović

Edited by:
Cyndi Trissel

Stephen Gallagher

Snežana Penev

Produced by:
This and That Productions

Festivals & Awards:

IDFA 2014