SERBIA, SLOVENIA, CROATIA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

STITCHES Savovi

2019 – DCP – colore – 97’

 

Direction: Miroslav Terzić

Screenplay: Elma Tataragić

Cinematography: Damjan Radovanović SAS

Editing: Milena Z. Petrović

Set design: Ana Buljan

Music: Aleksandra Kovac

Costumes: Zora Mojsilović

Cast: Snezana Bogdanovic, Marko Bacovic, Jovana Stojiljkovic, Vesna Trivalic, Dragana Varagic, Pavle Cemerikic

Producers: Uliks Fe hmiu, Milena Trobozić Garfield in co-production with Darko Vinkl, Alen Vitezić,

Zdenka Gold, Amra Baksić Camo, Adis Ðapo

Production: West End Productions in co-production with Nora Production Group, Spiritus Movens, SCCA/Pro.Ba

World Sales: Cercamon

 

SYNOPSIS

Based on true events, Stitches takes place in contemporary Belgrade, 18 years after a young seamstress was coldly informed of her newborn’s sudden death. She still believes the infant was stolen from her. Dismissed by others as paranoid and with a mother’s determination she summons the strength for one last battle against the police, the hospital bureaucracy and even her own family to uncover the truth.

 

THE DIRECTOR: MIROSLAV TERZIĆ

Born on February 8th 1969 in Belgrade. Miroslav graduated the International Law at the Belgrade University. He attended post graduate studies at the Faculty Dramatic Arts, at University of Belgrade. His first feature film Redemption Street (2012) premiered at Sarajevo Film Festival with the heart of Sarajevo for Best Actor Uliks Fehmiu as well as Best Debut Film at FilmFestival Cottbus.

 

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

“(…) None of the cases have ever been solved. The majority of the cases had occurred during the late eighties and early nineties in the dawn of the war that tore Yugoslavia apart. I saw these events as the ultimate evidence of our human and moral deterioration that we still have not recovered from. A few years ago I met Mrs. Drinka Radonjic. She was my aunt’s seamstress. After twenty years she believed she had found her child and was proofing her case in court. I went to a tailor shop in the center of Belgrade to interview Mrs. Radonjic. She was a firm, brave and humble woman. Drinka found her son but he didn’t want to meet her, as he was told that his mother abandoned him when he was born. She did not have a lawyer, she was representing herself in court. There are over 500 families that are trying to find their children. There are over 500 different stories and many more unheard voices. I’ve decided to tell one of them.”

 

FILMOGRAPHY

2012 Ustanicka ulica (Redemption Street)

2019 Savovi (Stitches)

 

AWARDS AND FESTIVALS

2019 Berlinale – Panorama