Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema
Just when Ana (Snežana Bogdanović) relents, under her husband’s pressure, to finally let go of the darkest, least resolved period of her life - the years following the reported death of her infant son, moments after he was born - a new piece of evidence pulls her back in. In this dramatization of Serbia’s multi-decade adoption scandal, 18 years have done nothing to erase Ana’s determination. But she’s the last one to care. Illustrating Ana’s heightened focus through sounds and synchronicities, director Miroslav Terzić stages this story of doubt and corrupted bureaucratic crawl in a cannily realistic fashion.
Bogdanović, nominated as best actress by the European Academy for her first feature role (Kuduz) in 1989, emigrated to the US after protesting Serbian nationalism during the Yugoslav Wars, leaving her acting career behind. In her return to film, she gives nothing less than a major performance.
"An unusually thoughtful, psychologically compelling character study." - Jessica Kiang, Variety
"Bogdanović’s is one of those performances - like Maria Onetto in Lucrecia Martel’s The Headless Woman - where a female lead’s seemingly placid, opaque exterior conceals inextinguishable storms." - Jonathan Romney, Screen
Europa Cinemas Label Prize, Audience Award runner-up, Panorama, Berlin 19