|01.03. / Friday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 2|
During the winter of 1991, Croatia defended itself against the military aggression of neighboring Serbia. Among the innocent victims of this conflict was Aleksandra Zec, a teenager of Serbian origin, who was hatefully lynched in Zagreb. A generation later, while in Croatian schools, Serbian pupils continue to be taken for the “enemies” of yesterday, Oliver Frljić adapts “the Zec affair” at the theatre, with Nina, a Serbian, born in 2001, in the title role. In front of Nebojša Slijepčević’s camera, the troupe’s rehearsals turn into collective psychotherapy, interspersed by shots of an empty stage haunted by personal accounts that build up in voiceover. Through skillful meta-theater that involves both the troupe’s acting and a sense of self, as they work on their own memories, distanced by the theatrical device, Srbenka delineates a public space likely to break the cycle of vengeance. Slijepčević’s film also constitutes a powerful reflection on one of the possible functions of art: to dry out, meter by meter, the cesspool of hatred fed by the entrepreneurs of ethnic cleansing who continue to act today.
Nebojsa Slijepčević was born in 1973 in Zagreb, Croatia. In 2005, he graduated in Film Directing from the Academy of Drama and Art in Zagreb. He has directed numerous creative documentaries that were widely shown and awarded multiple times at many international festivals. ZagrebDox screened many of his documentaries, following his work closely. He is a three times nominee for Prix Europa Award for his TV documentaries. His first documentary feature, the international co-production Gangster of Love, premiered at Hot Docs and it was one of the biggest box-office successes in Croatia, winning the Audience Award at 2013 ZagrebDox. His latest documentary feature Srbenka (2018) premiered at Visions du Réel and received the Buyens-Chagoll Award, followed by the Heart of Sarajevo for best documentary and the Audence Award at Sarajevo Film Festival and many more. He is also an educator, mentoring and lecturing at Restart's School of Documentary Film in Zagreb.
Nebojša Slijepčević, Bojan Mrđenović, Iva Kraljević
Sound Design Tihomir Vrbanec, Ivan Zelić
Festivals & Awards:
Visions du Réel 2018 – Prix Buyens-Chagoll; Doc Alliance Selection Award 2018; Sarajevo film festival 2018 – Heart of Sarajevo for Best Documentary, Audience Award; Motovun Film Festival 2018 – Special Mention; IDFA 2018; DMZ International Documentary Film Festival 2018; FIDMarseille 2018; Doclisboa 2018; Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2018; Festival International du Film de Nancy 2018; CinEast 2018; Chicago International Film Festival 2018; Astra Film Festival 2018; Documentary Film Festival DOKUart 2018
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