The National Class selection will present the entire domestic production for this year. The three-member jury comprised of international film experts will present Ibis award for best film, director, screenwriter, actor and actress. The films from this selection will be screened in Arena Cineplex.
This year the National Class presents thirteen films: “Artillerymann” by Srđa Anđelić; “The Whirlpool” by Bojan Vuk Kosovčević; “Where Is Nadia?” written and directed by Aron Sekelj, Raško Milatović, Miloš Milovanović, Nemanja Vojnović, Petar Ristovski, Tea Lukač, Marko Đorđević, Luka Popadić, students of the Faculty of Drama Arts in Belgrade; “State” by Jelena Marković, “When Day Breaks” by Goran Paskaljević; “Circles” by Srdan Golubović; “Ice” by Jelena Bajić Jočić; “Love Comes After” by Hadži-Aleksandar Đurović; “The Swing” by Tamara Drakulić; “Mamarosh” by Momčilo Mrdaković; “Withering” by Miloš Pušić; “Trolling” by Kosta Đorđević and “Falsifier” by Goran Marković.
The romantic comedy “Artillerymann” follows the main protagonist who grew up listening to Red Star success stories without ever experiencing the joy that comes with a great victory. Chasing the captain of Manchester United, Nemanja Vidić, he himself becomes a hero. The film stars Jovan Kolarić, Ana Konjović, Nebojša Glogovac, Petar Božović.
“The Whirlpool” brings three stories, three lives and three characters who are trying to escape from themselves, the life that is sucking them in, and dark secrets from the past that haunt them. The film stars Nenad Okanović, Mirjana Karanović, Dragan Nikolić, Emir Kusturica
“Where is Nadia?” follows a sudden disappearance of an 18-year old girl Nadia that leads her father on a quest during which he discovers the world in which his daughter spent her time, a world that he never knew existed. The film stars Svetozar Cvetković, Anica Dobra, Anita Mančić.
The thriller “State” stars Ana Stefanović, Aleks Tsimerlis, Vlasta Velisavljević, Milutin Petrović, Stefan Arsenijević. In the film, Marija’s ailing father tells her of the existence of secret documents on medical experiments that led to the deaths of many. The documents are searched for by intelligence agencies. Torn between her duty to her father’s secret and the truth, Marija is faced with a dilemma that may adversely affect many.
The out of competition drama “When Day Breaks” stars Mustafa Nadarević, Nebojša Glogovac, Mira Banjac, Predrag Ejdus, Nada Šargin, Zafir Hadžimanov, Olga Odanović - Petrović, Vlasta Velisavljević. Searching for the truth about himself and his origin, professor Miša searches for the little-known truth about Old Sajmište concentration camp, one of the most horrific Nazi execution sites, located right in the heart of the present day Belgrade.
Winner at some of the most renowned festivals such as Sundance and Berlin, “Circles” is a contemporary story about one heroic act, asking a question whether a heroic act is an exercise in futility, or an event that, like a stone dropped in water, creates ripples that spread around encouraging us to do good deeds. The film stars Aleksandar Berček, Leon Lučev, Nebojša Glogovac, Hristina Popović, Nikola Rakočević, Boris Isaković, Vuk Kostić.
Based on the motifs from the eponymous 1976 monodrama by Radoša Bajić, a renowned Serbian screenwriter, director and actor, “Ice” is a profound story about loyalty and love in the era of false prosperity in Yugoslavia, specifically in one Šumadija village. The unexplained death and forbidden love haunt the protagonists of this film, undermining the very foundations of their identity and existence. The film stars Velimir Bata Živojinović, Nela Mihajlović, Olga Odanović, Momčilo Otašević, Nenad Jezdić, Nedeljko Bajić, Biljana Mišić, Dubravko Jovanović, and Radoš Bajić and Emir Hadžihafizbegović as special guests.
“Love Comes After” stars Milica Stefanović, Andrej Šepetkovski, Goran Jevtić, Ljubinka Klarić and Aleksandar Đurica. When during one night they have to solve emotional issues and unfinished relationships from the past, the protagonists of three love stories will realize that they are painfully connected by threads they never even knew existed.
Through the heart of Memphis blues, Texas pastures, Arizona canyons, and colorful Las Vegas, the director and screenwriter of “The Swing” try to capture their dream and escape the lie that trails them.
“Mamarosh” is a comedy about a middle-aged cinema operator Pera, who together with his mother escapes from NATO bombing all the way to New York, hoping to find a job in a cinema. However, his calling has long been overrun by the digital age. The film stars Bogdan Diklić, Mira Banjac, Bane Vidaković, Anita Mančić and Sergej Trifunović.
“Withering” deals with the painful subject of the dying out of Serbian villages. The film stars Branislav Trifunović, Boris Isaković, Dara Džokić, Jasna Đuričić, Emir Hadžihafizbegović, Milica Janevski. “Withering” premiered at Palić Film Festival, and subsequently at the festival in Karlovy Vary. Shot on the slopes of Zlatibor, the film presents a multi-layered story of the decline of family, and young man’s dilemma of whether to stay true to his roots or leave.
“Trolling” follows three young protagonists of a different social status, who are obsessed by the love for the wrong person. The film stars Dragana Dabović, Nikola Rakočević, Marko Janketić, Nebojša Glogovac, Nataša Janjić.
“Falsifier” is a story about a primary school principal who forges diplomas, believing it to be a good deed. While trying to save a death row prisoner he starts an avalanche of events leading the government to start falsifying the entire reality. The film stars Tihomir Stanić, Branka Katić, Dragan Petrović, Sergej Trifunović, Dražen Pavlović, Goran Navojec, Emir Hadžihafizbegović, Svetozar Cvetković, Nataša Marković, Miodrag Krstović, Boris Komnenić, Bogdan Diklić, Srđan Timarov.
Tickets for this selection will be priced at RSD 150 and will be available at Gigstix as of August 15.