Archive Cinema City 2012.

Death of a Man in Balkans

Smrt čoveka na Balkanu

Genre: Comedy | Drama
Country: Serbia
Year: 2012
Duration: 80 min

Director: Miroslav Momčilović
Scenario: Miroslav Momčilović

Cast: Emir Hadžihafizbegović, Radoslav Milenković, Bojan Žirović, Nataša Ninković, Anita Mančić, Ljubomir Bandović, Branislav Trifunović, Milica Mihajlović, Bojan Lazarov, Nikola Đuričko, Mirjana Karanović, Aleksandar Đurica, Miloš Samolov, Nikola Kojo

Programme selection: National Class

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A lonely composer commits suicide in front of his computer web camera. The whole “big” event, as one of the neighbors calls death of his neighbor, starts when Aca enters the deceased apartment after he heard the gun shot. He reveals the dead neighbor lying on the floor and became “the first witness”. Therefore, he stays in the apartment to wait for the police but, as the time goes by, many other neighbors start to interfere.

Whole time recorded by a webcam, which they are not aware of. While waiting and to shorten the time, they drink, eat and play chess. Evoke memories of him, pity him, praise his music even though they can not remember his name.

Since the traffic jam prolongs police arrival, they witness many unusual “comers” including the undertaker, the real estate agent along with the apartment buyer, pizza delivery guy and medical officials.

In the thrilling and effective dialogue they welcome police and forensic officers who reveal the fact of working web camera. From that moment until the end of the “small gathering” the situation and relations between surprised randomly assembled group became different under the pressure of camera and need to justify previous statements and actions as well as a broader, satirical picture of our society.


Miroslav Momcilovic was born in Belgrade in 1969. He graduated dramaturgy at Faculty of Drama Arts in Belgrade, Serbia (FDU). He is the author of two realized theatre plays, BELGRADE ON ITS KNEES (1997), directed by Egon Savin, and LIFE FROM THE BEGINNING (2000), directed by Stefan Sablic.

He is the author of screenplay for the film WHEN I GROW UP I'LL BE A KANGAROO (2004), directed by Radivoje Andric. He is the writer and director of the film SEVEN AND A HALF (2006) which had a rich festival life both in Serbia and abroad: Herceg Novi Film Festival, Screenplay Festival in Vrnjacka Banja, Film Actors' Meetings, Sarajevo Film Festival, RAINDANCE Film Festival, Tetouan International Mediterranean Film Festival, Thessaloniki International Film market, Silk Road Film Festival, Göteborg International Film Festival, CINEQUEST Film Festival, OFFshore Film Festival, Febiofest Prague Film Festival, Go East Film Festival, Skopje Film Festival, Roma Independent Film Festival.


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