Regional Competition

The Same

Dejan Petrović
Screening time  
01.03. / Thursday, 11:00 - 13:00 Theatre 5  
02.03. / Friday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 5  
02.03. / Friday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 5  
How much individual freedom do we have outside of prison walls, and do we really make our own choices?

A woodworker carves elegant ornamentations, metal disks are lifted glowing out of the furnace, rows of seamstresses work at their machines and a man carefully brushes a horse in a stable. With its exquisite lighting and camerawork, The Same would appear to demonstrate the beauty of craftsmanship, repetition and uniformity – in reality, we are seeing the monotonous lives of prisoners in four Serbian prisons. The only spoken words we hear are short announcements by the guards, who are, in turn, equally uniform and part of the system. Yet, there are countless unique variations underlying all this uniformity, while there is much sameness in supposedly free choices. The rhythmically edited images portray the prison as a metaphor for society, which is also made up of countless rules and rhythms.


Dejan Petrović

Dejan Petrović was born in 1974 in Užice, in Serbia. He graduated in TV Directing from the Academy of Arts in Belgrade, where he is currently a professor at the department of Film and TV Directing and Editing. He is a screenwriter, director, producer and founder of the Independent Film Centre Filmart. He is a member of the Association of Documentary Filmmakers of Serbia. His film Restart (2014) won him the Golden Medal of Belgrade for best screenplay at the Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival.

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2017, 16'

Directed by:
Dejan Petrović

Screenplay by:
Dejan Petrović

Dragan Vildović

Edited by:
Aleksandar Popović

Vojin Ristivojević

Dejan Petrović

Produced by:
Independent Film Centre Filmart

Festivals & Awards:

IDFA 2017