CIRCLES

SYNOPSIS

Bosnia - 1993. In the midst of the Bosnian war, Marko a Serbian soldier witnesses the brutal aggression of Haris, a Muslim civilian, by three fellow soldiers. Marko interferes and saves Haris, but is beaten to death by the infuriated soldiers.
2008. The war is over but the wounds of the conflict are still open. Marko's father is rebuilding a church, he is offered help by one of Marko's killers' son and hesitates about accepting it. Marko's friend, a renowned surgeon in Belgrade, faces terrible choices when told to operate on one of the three soldiers on the verge of death. As for Haris, he now lives in Germany and is faced with a unique opportunity to repay his debt to his savior.

DIRECTOR`S CONCEPT

The story is about consequences of a heroic act. Is heroic act meaningless, or it provokes certain moral acts in the future?
Does being a hero make any sense?
Does an act of heroism and humanity leave a positive mark and inspire us to do good?
Is being a hero the same as being a fool?
Is a life that is lost defending another human life like a stone cast into an abyss?
"Circles" is a film about people whose lives are changed by a single event.
About shadows of the past and the need to step out of these shadows. About frustration by heroism.
"Circles" are a film about guilt.
About whether it is only the ones who committed the crime who are guilty, or whether it’s also those who witnessed the crime and failed to prevent it.
The film is inspired by true event. The contemporary storylines are interwoven.

CREW

DIRECTOR - SRDAN GOLUBOVIĆ
SCRIPT - SRDJAN KOLJEVIĆ, MELINA POTA KOLJEVIĆ
PRODUCERS - JELENA MITROVIĆ, ALEXANDER RIS, EMILIE GEORGES BORIS T. MATIĆ, DANIJEL HOČEVAR
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - IGOR KECMAN
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY - ALEKSANDAR ILIĆ
PRODUCTION DESIGNER - GORAN JOKSIMOVIĆ
EDITOR - MARKO GLUŠAC
COSTUME DESIGNER - LJILJANA PETROVIĆ
COMPOSER - MARIO SCHNEIDER
SOUND DESIGNER - JULIJ ZORNIK
SOUND RECORDIST - BRANKO DJORDJEVIC

CAST

RANKO - ALEKSANDAR BERČEK
HARIS - LEON LUČEV
NEBOJŠA - NEBOJŠA GLOGOVAC
NADA - HRISTINA POPOVIĆ
BOGDAN - NIKOLA RAKOČEVIĆ
TODOR - BORIS ISAKOVIĆ
MARKO - VUK KOSTIĆ
PRODUCTION: FILM HOUSE BAS CELIK (SERBIA), NEUE MEDIOPOLIS (GERMANY), LA CINEFACTURE (FRANCE), ARTE FRANCE, ZDF ARTE, VERTIGO (SLOVENIA), PROPELER FILM (CROATIA);
FUNDS: FILMSKI CENTAR SRBIJE, MDM FILM FUND, MBB FILM FUND, EURIMAGES, ARTE FRANCE, ZDF ARTE, CROATIAN AUDIOVISUAL CENTER, FILMSKI SKLAD SLOVENIJE, FONDS SUD, CNC, VIBA FILM.
WORLD SALES: MEMENTO FILMS INTERNATIONAL

AWARDS

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
- SPECIAL JURY AWARD

BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
- PRIZE OF THE ECUMENICAL JURY

BARI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
- GRAND PRIX FOR THE BEST FILM

SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
- AUDIENCE AWARD

WIESBADEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – GO EAST
- BEST DIRECTOR AWARD

FESTROIA - INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SETUBAL
- BEST DIRECTOR AWARD
- BEST DOP AWARD

JEREVAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
- GOLDEN APRICOT FOR THE BEST FILM

FUNF SEEN FILMFESTIVAL
- BEST FILM

PULA FILM FESTIVAL
- BEST FILM IN MINORITY COPODUCTION
- BEST ACTOR IN MINORITY COPODUCTION
- BEST DIECTOR MINORITY COPODUCTION
- FIPRESCI AWARD OF CROATIAN FILM CRITICS FOR THE BEST FILM IN PULA FF

SOFEST FILM FESTIVAL
- BEST FILM
- AUDIENCE AWARD
- BEST DOP
- BEST SCREENPLAY
- BEST EDITING

VRNJACKA BANJA SCRICPTWRITTERS FESTIVAL
- BEST SCRIPT

LUX PRIZE 2013 OFFICIAL SELECTION

SRDAN GOLUBOVIĆ

Srdan Golubović was born in 1972 in Belgrade (Serbia). He studied Film Directing on The Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. His first feature film “Absolute Hundred” (“Apsolutnih sto”) participated in the main programs at over 30 international film festivals (San Sebastian, Toronto, Thessaloniki, Cottbus, Rotterdam, Pusan…) and won 10 international and 19 local awards.
His second feature film ”The Trap” (”Klopka”) , had its World premiere at 2007. Berlinale, section Forum. “The Trap” won 21 international award and was shortlisted for Oscar for the best foreign film.
Srdan's new film “Circles” (”Krugovi”) had its World premiere in 2013. Sundance Film Festival, World Dramatic Competition and won Special Jury Prize. Film had its European premiere at Berlinale, section Forum where it received Prize of Ecumenical Jury.
He is assistant of professor on Film Directing on The Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade.

FILMOGRAPHY
• "Trojka" (1994), short feature film
• Omnibus "PAKET ARANZMAN", a third story under the title “Herc Minuta” (1995), feature film
• "Apsolutnih sto" aka Absolute Hundred ( 2001), feature film
• "Klopka" aka The Trap (2007), feature film