02:00 pm Sunday, June 20th 2021
Feature Film Stadttheater
120 min. OV

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2020, Srdan Golubović

Nikola, a penniless father, has his two adolescent children taken away from him by the social welfare office after poverty and hunger have driven his wife to an act of desperation. At first, they say the children will be placed with foster families until he can provide adequate conditions for their upbringing. But despite Nikola's sincere efforts and several pleas, the head of the social services department refuses to return the children to him. Nikola finds out that corruption is behind this course of action. He decides to travel across Serbia on foot and present his case to the responsible ministry in Belgrade. Against all odds and driven by love and desperation, the father fights an almost hopeless battle to save his children.

"Father" is a road movie that uses the imagery of a Western to tell a fairy tale story set in the Balkans. The hero of the film is a hero of our time, but as in a Western, no injustice can take away his right to dignity and the love of his children. Goran Bogdan embodies the day laborer Nikola, who must exist on the fringes of society, with compelling truthfulness. As he walks through the seemingly endless expanses of the Balkan countryside, he is reminiscent of Harry Dean Stanton in Wim Wenders' "Paris, Texas" (1984) - driven by hope in search of a way to continue living his life with dignity.

Nikola's path leads him through scenic images that seem both real and symbolic - from the half-finished houses of his village to desolate streets, endless fields, past industrial plants that have become superfluous, and behind the reinforced concrete and glass facades of the capital's government district. When he returns home after this journey, a surprise awaits him that no one would have thought possible. 

Production Countries
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Srdan Golubović
Ognjen Sviličić

Director of Photography
Aleksandar Ilić

Petar Marković

Art Director
Goran Joksimović
Predrag Petrović

Costume Designer
Ljiljana Petrović

Make-Up Artist
Marinela Spasenović

Bruno Tarriere
Erik Mischijew
Corinna Fleig

Mario Schneider

Srđan Golubović was born in Belgrade in 1972. His first feature film "Absolute Hundred" (2001) screened at festivals such as Toronto, San Sebastián, Busan and Rotterdam and won a number of awards. His second film "The Trap" (2007) had its international premiere at the Berlinale Forum and was selected in Toronto and Karlovy Vary. It won 22 international awards and made it to the final selection for the US Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. His third film, Circles (2013), premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award. It was screened at the Berlinale Forum and won the Ecumenical Jury Award. He teaches film directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade.