Archive Cinema City 2016.

Wall of Death, and All That

Zid smrti i tako to

Genre: Documentary
Country: Serbia
Year: 2016
Duration: 62'

Director: Mladen Kovačević
Scenario: Mladen Kovačević

Programme selection: National Class


Brankica was the central attraction at country-fairs, when she was just 10 years old. Her big brothers were star acrobats on the wall of death, legends in former Yugoslavia, she was the princess on the wall. Now, her brothers are long gone, she is the only one left behind. A 43-year-old grandmother of six grandchildren, she is repeating the same old stunts on her motorcycle while riding on the sidewalls of the 6 meters wide wooden barrel. She lingers between her melancholic memories and the claustrophobic existence around the last remaining wall of death.


After years of studying fiction film directing in Belgrade, London, and Cape Town, Mladen Kovačević has whole heartedly dedicated himself to documentaries. In just few years, he made several commissioned and thematic documentaries, and his debut documentary feature, the unpretentiously offbeat and highly acclaimed Unplugged (premiered in competition at Visions du Réel 2013; in competition at Hot Docs, also in selections of CPH:DOX, FIDMarseille, DOK Leipzig, Raindance, around 80 festivals so far, where it won 10 awards). Wall of Death, and All That, his latest project, premiered in International competition at Visions du Réel 2016, won Best Film and Best Camera at Beldocs 2016.

Original language: Serbian
Subtitle: English