Srbenka (Croatia)



  • Nebojša Slijepčević


During the winter of 1991, Croatia defended itself against the military aggression of neighbouring Serbia. Among the innocent victims of this conflict was Aleksandra Zec, a teenager of Serbian origin, who was hatefully lynched in Zagreb. A generation later, while in Croatian schools, Serbian pupils continue to be taken for the “enemies” of yesterday, Oliver Frljić adapts “the Zec affair” at the theatre, with Nina, a Serbian, born in 2001, in the title role. In front of Nebojša Slijepčević’s camera, the troupe’s rehearsals turn into collective psychotherapy, interspersed by shots of an empty stage haunted by personal accounts that build up in voiceover. Through skilful metatheatre that involves both the troupe’s acting and sense of self as they work on their own memories, distanced by the theatrical device, Srbenka delineates a public space likely to break the cycle of vengeance. Slijepčević’s film also constitutes a powerful reflection on one of the possible functions of art: to dry out, metre by metre, the cesspool of hatred fed by the entrepreneurs of ethnic cleansing who continue to act today.
Emmanuel Chicon
Length: 72'
Country: Croatia
Year: 2018
Language(s): Croatian
Premiere status at VdR: World Premiere
VdR edition : 2018
VdR award(s) : Prix Buyens-Chagoll VdR2018
Other award(s) : Doc Alliance Selection award 2018


Vanja Jambrović  (Restart)
Rea Rajcic
Tibor Keser

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Language(s):  Croatian
Subtitles:  English, French
  • Tuesday 17 April
  • 18:45
Grande Salle (Salle Communale)

Followed by a discussion

  • Wednesday 18 April
  • 12:00