Miroslav Terzić’s ŠAVOVI (STITCHES) wins Berlin Europa Cinemas Label
Serbian director Miroslav Terzić’s ŠAVOVI (STITCHES) has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Panorama section, it was announced today by a jury of three exhibitors from the Network, the fifteenth time the Label has been awarded in Berlin.
ŠAVOVI (STITCHES) will now benefit from promotional support from Europa Cinemas and better exhibition thanks to a financial incentive for Network cinemas to include it in their programme schedule.
The Label Jury consisted of Juha Elomäki – Arthouse Cinema Niagara, Tampere, Finland; Daniela Zuklic – Thalia Programm Kino, Potsdam, Germany and Marlena Gabryszewska – Kino Elektronik, Warsaw, Poland.
The jury issued the following statement: “This film is a fine example of the power of the art of film. Great direction, cinematography, script, editing and superior performances. The film is based on true events and it shows that there is a lot of injustice in the world, but by believing in yourself and trusting your emotions you can break down walls. The story is heart-breaking. Once you have seen this film it does not let you go. What would you do if this happened to you? The courage of the mother of this film is truly extraordinary. Many congratulations to the director Miroslav Terzić."
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ŠAVOVI (STITCHES) is directed by Miroslav Terzić, with the screenplay by Elma Tataragic. Cinematography is by Damjan Radovanovic, Editing by Milena Petrovic, Music by Aleksandra Kovac, Sound Design by Julij Zornik, Sound by Srdjan Bajski, Production Design by Ana Buljan, Costumes by Zora Mojsilovic, and Make-up by Dusica Vuksanovic. The cast includes Snezana Bogdanovic (Ana), Marko Bacovic (Jovan), Jovana Stojiljkovic (Ivana), Vesna Trivalic (Marija), Dragana Varagic (Doctor) and Pavle Cemerikic (Marko).
The Producers are Uliks Fehmiu, Milena Trobozic Garfield, with Executive Producer Ljiljana Djuricko, and Co-producers Darko Vinkl, Alan Vitezic, Zdenka Gold, Amra Baksic Camo, Adis Djapo.
Produced by West End Productions (Belgrade), the film is a co-production with Nora Production Grop (Ljubljana), Spiritus Movens (Zagreb) and SCCA/PRO.BA (Sarajevo) - Serbia / Slovenia / Croatia / Bosnia and Herzegovina 2019.
Born in Belgrade in former Yugoslavia in 1969, Miroslav Terzić studied international law at the city’s university before taking a postgraduate degree in its Faculty of Dramatic Arts. His debut feature film, REDEMPTION STREET, premiered at the Sarajevo Film Festival and went on to screen at the São Paulo International Film Festival. He also works as a director for major marketing agencies.
When seamstress Ana places a cake on the kitchen table, her adolescent daughter Ivana just shakes her head and turns away. Her husband Jovan also wants her to drop the subject. With this gesture, Ana celebrates the birthday of her son who, according to the hospital, died immediately after he was born. He would be 20 years old now. Ana shares the fate with many other Serbian women and believes she had her new-born child stolen from her so the infant could be given up for illegal adoption for money. A new clue gives Ana reason to hope again.
A few years ago, an outrageous scandal came to light in Serbia; a scandal whose resolution is still ongoing because the authorities continue to stonewall the investigation. In thousands of cases of systematic child theft over several decades, hospitals are said to have sold newborn babies with the help of a clandestine network of doctors, undertakers and government employees, and informed the parents that their child had died. Featuring an expressive performance from the female lead and a moving screenplay, Miroslav Terzić’s film carefully unfolds a story of loss and hope.
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