Archive of films Barbarians / Varvari

Serbia / Montenegro / Slovenia
2014, 87 min

Section: East of the West - Competition
Year: 2014

Teenager Luka lives in the small Serbian town of Mladenovac with a mother who can’t handle him anymore, and his life is one scrape after another. He and his mate Flash lead the local football fans and spend most of their spare time rooting for their team and drinking beer. Through the destiny of one individual, Ivan Ikić presents a laconic, highly authentic account of the young Serbian generation who, in his words, are "growing up in a society of lost values, where corruption, immorality, crime and abuse of power only prosper.”


Synopsis

Teenager Luka lives in the small Serbian town of Mladenovac with a mother who can’t handle him anymore, and his life is one scrape after another. He and his best mate Flash lead the local football fans and spend most of their spare time rooting for their team and drinking beer. Debuting director Ivan Ikić set his realistic tale of coming of age and the quest for identity against a backdrop of the unrest sparked by Kosovo’s declaration of independence. Through the destiny of one individual, the filmmaker presents a laconic account of the young generation who, in his words, are "growing up in a society of lost values, where corruption, immorality, crime and abuse of power only prosper.” The young director achieves a high measure of authenticity thanks to his decision to cast the majority of roles with nonactors (only three supporting roles are played by professionals) who never saw a script and whose lives in many respects reflected the experiences of their characters onscreen.

About the director

Ivan Ikić (b. 1982, Belgrade, Yugoslavia) studied film and television direction at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts within the University of Arts in Belgrade. He attended both the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Berlinale Dox Clinic in 2008. He has made several commercials, short features and documentaries, including the documentary road movies The Users (Korisnici, 2008) and Tarot Serbia! (Tarot Srbija!, 2010). Barbarians is his feature film debut.

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About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: East of the West - Competition
   
Director: Ivan Ikić
Screenplay: Ivan Ikić
Dir. of Photography: Miloš Jacimović
Editor: Dragan von Petrović
Producer: Milan Stojanović
Production: SENSE Production
Coproduction: OR, Restart
Cast: Željko Marković, Nenad Petrović "Flash”, Jasna Djuričić, Mirko Vlahović, Marina Vodeničar
Contact: WIDE

Guests

Ivan Ikić

Film Director

Milan Stojanovic

Producer


Maja Popovic

Film Crew

Zeljko Markovic

Actor


Nenad Petrovic

Actor

Emmanuelle Le Courtois

Sales Agent


Miroljub Vučković

Film Institution Rep.

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