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Father

Directed by Srdan Golubović

Feature film, 2020, 120′
RS, FR, DE, HR, SI, BA

A small town in Serbia. Nikola, day laborer and father of two, is ordered to give up his children to social services after poverty and hunger drive his wife to commit a desperate act. Until he can provide adequate conditions for their upbringing, the children will be placed in foster care. Despite Nikola’s best efforts and several appeals, the head of the social services centre refuses to return his children and his situation seems hopeless. But when Nikola discovers the local administration may be corrupt, he decides to travel across Serbia on foot and take his case directly to the national ministry in Belgrade. Against all odds and driven by love and despair, this father refuses to give up on justice and his right to raise his children.

Written by Srdan Golubović, Ognjen Sviličić
Producers
Jelena Mitrović, Čedomir Kolar, Alexander Ris, Mark Baschet, Danis Tanović, Boris T. Matić, Lana Matić, Danijel Hocevar  Amra Bakšić Čamo, Adis Djapo
Production company
Baš Čelik (RS)
Coproducers
Meinolf Zurhorst, Oliviere Pere, Remi Burah (ZDF Arte, Arte France)
Coproduction companies
ASAP Films (FR), Neue Mediopolis (DE), Propeler Film (HR), Vertigo (SI), scca/Pro.Ba (BA), ZDF Arte (DE), Arte France (FR)
Cast
Goran Bogdan, Boris Isaković, Nada Šargin, Milica Janevski, Muharem Hamzić, Ajla Šantić, Vahid Dzanković, Milan Marić, Jovo Maksić, Ljubomir Bandović, Marko Nikolić, Nikola Rakočević
Director of photography
Aleksandar Ilić
Editor
Petar Marković
Production designer
Goran Joksimović, Predrag Petrović
Costume designer
Ljiljana Petrović
Executive producer
Igor Kecman
Sound mixer and sound recordist
Bruno Tarrière
Sound design
Erik Mischijew, Corinna Fleig
Production manager
s Ilija Nikolić, Zlatko Volarević
International sales
The Match Factory
Croatian distribution
Zagreb Film Festival

Festivals and awards

Berlin International Film Festival, Panorama 2020 – Audience Award and Ecumenical Jury Prize
Belgrade International Film Festival, FEST 2020 –
Best actor (Goran Bogdan); FEDEORA Award; Stella Artois Most Wanted Movie Award

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