Tilva Rosh

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Toda and Stefan are best friends, skaters, who spend their first summer after finishing high school. Stefan's going to Belgrade to the University in fall while Toda stays back home. They spend time shooting Jackass-like videos and hanging out with Dunja, who came back from France for her holidays, and get into a quiet battle for her attention. In that strange relationship of dying friendship and rivalry they try to get ahead of each other.
 
“I was lucky to get my hands on a copy of home-made, one hour long Jackass-like film which was made by these guys themselves. I was impressed by a huge amount of unarticulated energy which erupted from them, and also by a complete lack of interest in actual social struggle going on around them. I remembered my own attitude from 10 years earlier, when I also lived in that same small town, and realized that it wasn't much different from theirs – it was all about fun. I remembered how everything was much simpler: social rights, health insurance, politics... those were all terms from some other, boring dimension. So I wanted Tilva Roš to be about that – waking the conscience you don't want to wake, finding out about injustices you don't care about, assuming social roles when you don't want to participate, and about helpless struggle to save that carefree teenage world from any changes. That's why I decided to make a feature film with them playing themselves. We started hanging out together and during that period I wrote a script based on the clips I saw in their film, stories they told me about and my own memories from my teenage years. And that's Tilva Roš , it's real, but not really,” says the director.

Festivals: 

Sarajevo International Film Festival – Best Film and Best Male Actor; 2 in 1 Film Festival Moscow – Best Film and Best Story; Estoril Film Festival (Portugal) – Best Film and Cineuropa Award; Gijon International Film Festival - Special Jury Award; Festival International du Film de Belfort – Best Film, Audience Award; Film Festival Sopot, Serbia – Best Film; Transylvania International Film Festival – FIPRESCI Award.

Nikola Ležaić

Nikola Ležaić was born in 1981 in Serbia. He graduated in film directing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. He is the co-founder of the comics group Smog and a member of the literary movement Metasinkrizam. Ležaić is also the author of numerous award-winning documentaries and short films. In 2010, he made his feature debut, which was presented the Heart of Sarajevo Award and the prize for the Best Lead Actor at the Sarajevo Film Festival.