A Belgrade apartment divided in two tells the story of a family and serves as a symbol of a country in political turmoil. The property was split on the orders of the then communist government when Srbijanka Turajlic, who was born here, was just two years old. The door leading to the other rooms was locked, and 30 years later, when Srbijanka’s daughter Mila Turajlic, the film’s director, was born, it was still locked. In the 30 years that followed—all the way through civil war, the breakup of Yugoslavia, aerial bombardments and revolution—the door remained unopened. Srbijanka, a prominent political activist who played a leading role in the revolution, still lives in one half of the original apartment. In a film that rarely leaves this space, Mila paints a poignant portrait of her mother, a resolute woman with no doubts about her past actions, even though they put her life in danger.
Written and Directed by Mila Turajlic
Editing by Sylvie Gadmer, Aleksandra Milovanović
Sound by Aleksandar Protic
Production Carine Chichkowsky for Survivance, Mila Turajlic for Dribbling Pictures
Executive producer Iva Plemic Divjak for Dribbling Pictures, Hanka Kastelicovà for HBO Europe
Cinematography Mila Turajlic
Festivals Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto 2017, Double Exposure Festival, Washington 2017, DOC NYC, New York 2017, IDFA, Amsterdam, 2017, Trieste Film Festival, Trieste 2018, Goteborg Film Festival, Goteborg 2018, DocPoint, Helsinki 2018, Balkan Florence Express, Florence 2018, Moscow International Film Festival, Moscow 2018, SeeFest Los Angeles, Los Angeles 2018, Sydney Film Festival, Sydney 2018