DCP/HD - 2014 - Serbia - 89 min - Color - Teenage Drama
Original title: VARVARI
A film 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.
Original language: Serbian / English
Produced by: SENSE Production (SRB), OR (MNE) & Restart (SLO)
Karlovy Vary Film Festival, East of the West Competition, 2014 / 21st Palic European Film Festival, 2014 / goEast Filmfestival 2014 (Wiesbaden, de), Competition / Jagran Film Festival 2014, Delhi / Avvantura Filmforum Zadar 2014 (Croatia) - Main Competition / New Taipei City Film Festival 2014, Taiwan / Cinematik Piestany IFF - Eye on Films special section, 2014 (Slovakia) / Festival of European and Mediterranean Films 2014 (Piran, Slovenia) / Stockholm Film Festival 2014 / Gijon International Film Festival 2014 - Enfants Terribles selection / Leskovac International Film Festival 2014 / Festival of Slovenian Cinema 2014, Portoroso / Thessaloniki International Film Festival - Balkan Survey section, 2014 / Stockholm International Film Festival 2014 - Spotlight Section / Eastern Neighbours Film Festival, Amsterdam / Braunschweig Film Festival 2014 / Exground Film Festival 2014 / Cairo International Film Festival 2014 / Serbian Film Festival Australia 2014 / Festival Cinéma Méditerranéen de Bruxelles 2014 / CinEast, Festival du Film d’Europe Centrale 2014, Luxembourg / Trieste Film Festival 2015 / Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2015 / Crossing Europe Linz 2015 - Competition Fiction / İstanbul Film Festival 2015 - Cinema of Flames Selection / FEST - International Film Festival, Belgrade 2015
Special Mention at Karlovy Vary Film Festival, 2014 - East of the West Competition ’Seyfi Teoman Award’ for the most daring debut film - 21st Palic European Film Festival, 2014 Grand Prix ''Živojin Žika Pavlović'' at Leskovac International Film Festival 2014 Best Minority Co-production prize at Festival of Slovenian Cinema in Portoroso Best Actor prize for Zeljko Markovic - FilmForum Zadar 2014 Cineuropa Prize - Festival Cinéma Méditerranéen de Bruxelles 2015 Best fiction Film award - Crossing Europe Linz 2015 - Competition Fiction
Ivan Ikic was born in 1982 in Belgrade. Ivan finished film and television directing at Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade as the best student in his generation. He attended Berlinale Talent Campus 2008, Berlinale Dox Clinic 2008 and directed several documentaries, short fiction and commercial films. He became chairman of the board for the documentary film festival Beldocs 2011 in Belgrade, Serbia. "Barbarians" is his first feature film.