011 Beograd - Survival in the City

Austria/Serbia 2003
Drama, 85 min, IMDB

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Credits
Director/Regie: Michael Pfeifenberger
Script/Drehuch: Wolfgang Schmid
Cinematographer/Kamera: Christian Giesser
Editing/Schnitt: Alexander Frohner
Music/Musik: Vasil Hadzimanov Band, Velje Mijanovica, Chico Cesar
Set Design/Ausstattung: Nicola Bercek, Aleksandar Stat
Costume/Kostüm: Christoph Birkner, Ivana Gutesa
Sound/Ton: Ljubisa Spegar
Production Manager/Produktionsleitung: Josef Platt
Producer/Produzenten: Franz Novotny (A) Bojan Maljevic (SERB)
Production/Produktion: Novotny Film (A), Monte Royal Pictures International

Cast
Mihailo Ladjevac, Vanja Ejdus, Ana Stefanovic, Radivoje Bukvic, Boris Komnic


Synopsis
Dejan, a friendly but naive 20-year-old, is accustomed to living from hand to mouth. Until one day he decides to make his dream come true and move to Berlin. This almost mythical idea has been nutured by the example of Zjelko, Dejan's best friend, woh turned his back on the chaos of Belgrade years ago and emograted to Germany with his girlfriend, Danja. But in fact Zjielko now is dead, killed in a car accident, and soon Danja returns to her home with her illusions in tatters. Just like Maja, a friend from the lost days of school, Danja does everything to persuade Dejan to change his mind. She points out that he doesn't even have any qualifications. But despite the odds being stacked against him, Dejan is determined and sets about putting his plan into action. Life in the serbian capital during early summer 2002 is characterised by political chaos and rampant crime, but there is also a certain joy at being alive - and many examples of an absolutely macabre sense of humour.
011 Beograd traces the stories of Dejan, Maja, Danja as they try with the only means at their disposal - the simply strategy of friendship - to overcome the lack of perspective that dominates their world. In a city where pragmatism rules, they finally resolve to search together for some place where their hopes and dreams can florish.

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011 Beograd verfolgt die Geschichte von Dejan, einem freundlich-naiven 20jährigen, der es gewohnt ist, von der Hand in den Mund zu leben, und von Maja und Danja und ihrem Versuch die Perspektivlosigkeit ihrer Welt mit den einfachen Mitteln der Freundschaft zu überwinden.
In einer Stadt, in der der Pragmatismus regiert, blicken alle drei nach vorn, entschließen sich letztlich gemeinsam zu der Suche nach einem Platz für ihre Hoffnungen und Träume.
Politisches Chaos und Kriminalität, aber auch Daseinsfreude und eine ordentliche Portion Galgenhumor kennzeichnen das Leben in der serbischen Hauptstadt im Frühsommer 2002.

Festivals:

  • Bratislava International Film Festival 2008, Slovakia
  • Max Ophüls Festival Saarbrücken 2006, Germany
  • Diagonale 2006, Austria
  • European Film Festival 2004, Al Kasabha, Jordania
  • Lubuskie Lato Filmowe, Poland 2003
  • Kino im Dach, Dresden 2003, Germany