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Serbia sends Depth Two and Humidity to the Forum

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- Ognjen Glavonic's documentary Depth Two and Nikola Ljuca's drama Humidity will screen in the Berlinale's Forum section

Serbia sends Depth Two and Humidity to the Forum
Humidity by Nikola Ljuca

Serbia will have two representatives in this year's Berlinale Forum section: Depth Two [+see also:
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, the first feature-length documentary by Ognjen Glavonić, and Humidity [+see also:
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interview: Nikola Ljuca
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]
, the first fiction feature by Nikola Ljuca.

The team behind Depth Two obviously wants to keep it as mysterious as possible before the premiere. So, the official synopsis reads: “A combination of spoken testimonies and images of the places where the crimes happened 17 years ago, Depth Two is an experimental documentary thriller about a mass grave in the suburbs of Belgrade. In an attempt to uncover, shed light on and give a voice to these stories, which were intentionally buried in silence, the film speaks directly to the sensations, imagination and emotions of the viewer, in a hypnotic and meditative way.”

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The synopsis on the Berlinale's website offers more detail, but Glavonić says: “I wanted to structure the narrative as a mystery, a thriller, by distributing only bits and pieces of information, traces of the bigger story, and giving the audience the chance to connect it all together.”

Shot by Tatjana Krstevski and edited by Jelena MaksimovićDepth Two is a co-production by Serbia's Non-Aligned Films and the Humanitarian Law Centre, and France's Cinéma Defacto. The international rights are handled by Greek sales agent Heretic Outreach

On the other hand, Ljuca's Humidity is the story of Petar, an employee in a construction company making shady deals, whose wife, Mina, disappears. Petar goes to their friends’ party as planned, telling them she was feeling sick. But when she doesn’t appear the next day, he just keeps on lying. At work, the pressure builds as a new deal approaches. In the constant summer heat, Petar can’t sleep and spends his nights running. He tries to turn to someone, but both his friends and his family are consumed with their own issues.

Humidity is a film about a certain generation of people in their mid and late 30s, living in Belgrade. They are the ones whose lives were about to start just when the former Yugoslavia collapsed; the ones who stayed in the country and didn't emigrate,” says Ljuca, who wrote the script together with Staša Bajac, for whom this is also the first feature film.

It stars Miloš Timotijević (No One's Child [+see also:
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), Tamara Krcunović (Coriolanus [+see also:
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), Slaven Došlo (Next to Me [+see also:
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interview: Stevan Filipović
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]
), Dragan Bakema (After the Tone [+see also:
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]
), Maria Kraakman (Schneider vs Bax [+see also:
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interview: Alex van Warmerdam
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]
), Vanja Ejdus (Ariadne's Thread), Milica Majkić (Next to Me), Jelena Stupljanin (Cirkus Columbia [+see also:
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interview: Danis Tanovic
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]
) and Jasna Ornela Bery (Our Everyday Life [+see also:
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interview: Ines Tanović
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]
).

It was shot by Maja Radoševic (Next to Me), and the editors were Jelena Rosić, Nataša Damjanović and Vladimir Vidić (the latter two were also the producers); the music was composed by Janja Lončar (The Life and Death of a Porno Gang). 

Humidity is a co-production by Serbia's Dart Film and Cinnamon Production, Holland's Lemming Film, and Greece's 2/35. Belgrade-based Soul Food handles the international rights. 

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