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Writer Petar Mitić represents attitudes that create conflicts with the leading political regime at a time of great social and political crisis in Serbia. A close encounter with the State Security Service turns his life into a intertwining of paranoia and a quest for the truth.

Director: Dragan Marinkovic
Screenwriter: Dragan Marinković, David Albahari, Dušan Spasojević
Director of photography: Boris Gortinski
Production designer: 
Irena Marjanov
Costume designer: Roza Trajčeska Ristovska
Editor: Petar Marković
Music: Mate i Šimun Matišić
Sound designer: Igor Popovski
Finance Manager: Jelica Rosandić
Producer: Dragan Marinković, Lazar Ristovski
Co-Producer: Ivan Maloča, Vladimir  Blaževski, Darko Popov

Cast:

Nikola Đuričko, Lazar Ristovski, Iva Mihalić, Marijana Janković, Toni Mihajlovski, Tihomir Stanić, Petar Božović.

SYNOPSIS

It was a time of great social and political crisis in Serbia. Petar Mirić, the writer, used a local tv station to represent his personal attitudes that contradict the principles of President Milošević and his political regime. Petar’s close encounter with the organ of State Security- Stjepan Štroha raised suspicion in the honesty of his closest friends. Life in paranoia compelled him to seek for the truth. Set of mysterious circumstances introduced him with the symbol of circular lines inscribed in triangles. With his limited knowledge of semiotics, Petar followed the lead left by an unknown girl and searched for an answer in mathematical formulas and theories. He secretly fell in love with the daughter of his new acquaintance, unknown girl from before- Margareta. That chain of events opened a love triangle, in which Petar’s longtime lover- a clever woman, called Svetlana, also took place. The triangle of love, passion and mystery dragged him into the world of closely guarded Jewish secrets. Using manipulative methods, Margareta forced him to make more strongly pressure in the media, which resulted in a physical attack on him, demolition of tv studio and, eventually, murder of his acquaintance, the painter- Jaša the Jew. Having found out that Stjepan Štroh and Svetlana killed Jaša, he hid himself at Margareta’s place and she revealed him the truth about the ”opening triangles”. As a public figure, Petar was a puppet, used by secret services. Using an old tape recorder, he revealed his hidden Jewish background.

Petar starts a new life in Canada, with a professorship at University. Margareta joined him. After one of his classes, he recognized Štroh in the mass of students. He frantically wanted to escape, but Margareta had a plan. In the series of professional ”cleanings”, Štroh died under the wheels of a truck. Štroh’s co-worker, called Vesna, also died- she fell from the window of a multistoried building. Petar set up a murder of Svetlana, who was hit with the bullet while having sex with him. Margareta became agent of MOSSAD (Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations).

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DIRECTOR


Dragan Marinkovic
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Graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts of the University of Belgrade Department of film and TV direction. At the same time he enrolled the Low Faculty, also in Belgrade. Author of many documentaries and short films, drama and TV serials. Projects in which he took part in as director or scriptwriter were presented in over fifty countries. Winner of a great number of awards, both home and abroad..

Dragan has directed four fiction movies:

 

At the 19th Beverly Hills Film Festival, film won the Best New Film award. In addition, at the 52nd Worldfest International Film Festival – Houston also won the Gold and the Platinum Remi Award.

“Take A Deep Breath” has been awarded “The Gold Remi Award” at one of the oldest American Festivals in Houston. .It has also been screened of many other festivals.

“Boomerang” (coproduction between Canada and Yugoslavia) which had its first run in Europe at the Berlin film festival in February 2002, and in March 2002 its first American run in Washington D.C. In 2002 this film was elected as one of the four best Canadian films which represented The New Canadian Film inAmerica. The film was shown at festivals in Karlovy Vary, Montreal, Toronto, Minneapolis, New Delhi, Valencia, as well as at some twenty other festivals throughout the world.

Awards home and abroad

A ‘Bizzare Country” Yugoslav candidate in the competition for the first “European Oscar” Award – Felix. The Gold Award in Pula Film Festival.

  • Literature in the Great War – TV movie 2016
  • Music in the Great War – TV movie 2015
  • Nikola Tesla: Documentary Series
  • EX LIBRIS: Television Series
  • The Other Sex – S.De Beauvoir
  • When I Was Happy and Uninformed – G.G.Marqez
  • Brave New World – A. Huksley
  • Man and His Symbols – K.G.Yung
  • Facts in the Life of Mr. Waldemar – E.A. Poe
  • Morning of the Magicians – L. Powels & G.Bergie
  • Beyond 2000: Documentary Series for TV Australia

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