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by Srdan Golubovic


A small town in Serbia. Nikola, day laborer and father of two, is ordered to give up his children to social services after poverty and hunger drive his wife to commit a desperate act. Until he can provide adequate conditions for their upbringing, the children will be placed in foster care. Despite Nikola’s best efforts and several appeals, the head of the social services centre refuses to return his children and his situation seems hopeless. But when Nikola discovers the local administration may be corrupt, he decides to travel across Serbia on foot and take his case directly to the national ministry in Belgrade. Against all odds and driven by love and despair, this father refuses to give up on justice and his right to raise his children.

international title: Father
original title: Otac
country: Serbia, France, Germany, Croatia
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2020
genre: fiction
directed by: Srdan Golubovic
film run: 120'
screenplay: Srdan Golubovic, Ognjen Sviličić
cast: Goran Bogdan, Boris Isaković, Nada Šargin, Milica Janevski, Muharem Hamzić, Ajla Šantić, Vahid Džanković, Jovo Maksic, Milan Maric, Nikola Rakočević
cinematography by: Aleksandar Ilic
film editing: Petar Marković
art director: Goran Joksimovic
costumes designer: Ljiljana Petrovic
producer: Jelena Mitrović, Čedomir Kolar, Alexander Ris, Marc Baschet, Danis Tanovic, Boris T. Matić, Lana Matic, Danijel Hočevar, Amra Bakšić Čamo, Adis Djapo
co-producer: Meinolf Zurhorst, Olivier Père, Rémi Burah
production: Film House Bas Celik, ASAP Films, Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion GmbH, Propeler Film, Vertigo, SCCA/PRO.BA - Sarajevo Center for Contemporary Art
backing: Eurimages

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