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by Ivan Ikic


Feb 17th 2008. Kosovo declares independence and Serbian government announces mass protests, so people could express their discontent. Luka, a troubled teenager on the verge of adulthood, lives in Mladenovac, a ruined ex-industrial town on the brinks of Belgrade, where, with his best friend Flash, he is a leader of local football club fans. During an unannounced visit by the social worker, Luka is faced with a family secret that his father, who was believed to had disappeared in Kosovo conflicts, is in fact alive and asking for him. Torn between family issues, the pressure of his ongoing parole and affection to a girl he can’t have, Luka looses his temper and breaks the leg of the local club’s top player. He is now under pursuit from people who seek revenge because of their ruined investment and even friends from his group take distance. The day of organized trip to Belgrade protests comes and Luka uses this opportunity to leave town. As hooligans demonstrate their rage in Belgrade streets, Luka gathers his strength to finally meet his father who abandoned him years ago.

international title: Barbarians
original title: Varvari
country: Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia
sales agent: Wide Management
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Ivan Ikic
film run: 87'
screenplay: Ivan Ikic
cast: Zeljko Markovic, Nenad Petrovic, Jasna Djuričić, Marina Vodenicar, Aco Cirovic, Aleksandar Pitulic, Marija Rakic
cinematography by: Milos Jacimovic
film editing: Dragan von Petrovic
art director: Zorana Petrov
costumes designer: Biljana Grgur
producer: Milan Stojanovic
co-producer: Bojan Mastilovic, Nina Redzepagic
production: Restart, Sense Production, Or Production
backing: Film Center Serbia, Ministry of Culture Serbia, Ministry of Culture, Montenegro Republic, Municipality of Stari Grad


main awards/selection

Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2014 

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