Nikola’s family has lived in destitution for years. One day, his wife demands that his former bosses pay his long-due wages — or she’ll set herself on fire. When this leads to their kids being taken from them, Nikola takes his own desperate measures: he sets out on a 300 km walk to complain of unfairness and corruption to the Ministry of Social Affairs and ask that his children be returned to him. The road is a hard one, and on the way he faces his own poor health, bureaucrats, and people whose hardships equal or surpass his own.
Goran Bogdan’s leading performance brings a steel-eyed focus to Nikola that cements his commanding moral presence at the film’s center. His heroic journey traverses both poverty-ravaged communities and systems of government that are at best neglectful and at worst actively malicious. Father offers a dramatically rich portrait of Serbia, at once bleakly honest about its social conditions and adamant in showing its people’s capacity to preserve their humanity.
Audience Award, Panorama Documentary, Berlin 20
Goran Bogdan, Boris Isaković, Nada Šargin, Milica Janevski, Muharem Hamzić, Ajla Šantić
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Srdan Golubović’s first feature Absolute Hundred (2001) was screened in Toronto, San Sebastian, Rotterdam, Pusan and won numerous awards. The Trap (2007) showed at more than 50 international festivals including Berlin and Toronto; won 21 international awards and was successfully distributed in cinemas worldwide. Circles (2013) won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance and was screened at more than 80 festivals. Srdan works as professor of Film Directing on the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade.
Photo: ©Maja Medic
Absolute Hundred (2001); The Trap (2007); Circles (2013)