The other side of everything

// The other side of everything

Mila Turajlic // France // 2017
// 104 min // Couleur // HD

Jaquette L'envers d'une histoire

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Toronto International Film Festival | WORLD PREMIERE | September 2017

If I really am a Freedom Fighter, the freedom I have won is the worst failure of my life” - Srbijanka Turajlić

Synopsis

A locked door inside a Belgrade apartment has kept one family separated from their past for over 70 years. As the lmmaker begins an intimate conversation with her mother, the political fault line running through their home reveals a house and a country haunted by history. The chronicle of a family in Serbia turns into a searing portrait of an activist in times of great turmoil, questioning the responsibility of each generation to ght for their future.

 

 

WEBSITE: https://www.othersideofeverything.com/

Director's statement

I was born in 1979, a year old when Tito died and was 11 years old when Milosevic came to power, 12 when the war in the former Yugoslavia started, 16 when it nished, 20 when NATO bombed us, 21 when we nally got rid of Milosevic, 24 when our Prime Minister was assassinated, and today at the ripe old age of 37, I want to speak of my country, from a very personal angle, and from a very precise point of departure - the place where I live.

Why from there? Because I have been privileged to grow up observing Serbia through the beliefs and actions of a woman who thought it her responsibility to speak up about things that were happening in it. Because my mother and I have always shared this language of politics - she was a student leader in 1968, and so was I in the 90-ties. Because my family home was the gathering place for intellectual discussions, activist meetings and often just refuge from the madness taking place outside. Because this home is in the center of Belgrade and the things happening in Serbia today. Because the more I stare at the locked doors in our living room that I have been faced with all my life, the more I realise how much about Serbia can be understood by talking about divided spaces. Between those seeking to rewrite the past, and those attempting to acknowledge it. And a way of understanding my mother’s life is her attempts at bridging this divide.

As I grew, I have come to feel that the personal impulse to act is inspired less by lofty ideals of freedom, justice and equality, and more from the small things we personally hold dear - we act to protect the fabric of our life, the family that gathers on Christmas Eve, the neighbors we grew up with, the trees in front of our house, the roots that connect us.

As a public, we usually have external access to stories of political struggle. Activism takes place in public spaces, and it is a group experience of street demonstrations and inspiring speeches. Having grown up as the daughter of a very visible political activist and professor, I needed to make a lm about this experience, but I wanted to build it around a private dialogue. And to get to the heart of civic activism, of engagement as an intimate act, a personal reckoning we each make with ourself when choosing how to live our lives.

- Mila Turajlić

PRESS KIT

Festival Awards

  • IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary 2017
  • Objectif d’or Winner of International Competition MILLENIUM FILM FESTIVAL 2018
  • Fipresci Jury Award ZAGREBDOX 2018
  • HT Audience Award ZAGREBDOX 2018
  • Golden Stamp for Best Film in Regional Competition ZAGREBDOX 2018
  • Special Jury Mention SEEfest LA
  • Best Cinematography in a Documentary Film SEEfest LA
  • Best Serbian Documentary 2017 FIPRESCI Serbia
  • One World Romania 11 Award
    International Human Rights & Documentary Festival One World Romania
  • Special Jury Award SALEM FILM FEST
  • Editing Award SALEM FILM FEST
  • Best Editing Award BELGRADE DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
  • Best Sound Design Award BELGRADE DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
  • Best Director Award RIVER RUN FILM FESTIVAL
  • Award of the Federal Foreign Office for Cultural Diversity GOEAST - FESTIVAL OF CENTRAL AND EAST EUROPEAN FILM
  • Balkan Florence Bridges Award BALKAN FLORENCE EXPRESS
  • Best Documentary 36º FESTIVAL CINEMATOGRÁFICO INTERNACIONAL DEL URUGUAY
    Human Rights Cinema Competition
  • Special mention if! ISTANBUL INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL Love & Change
  • Special mention FIFDH International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights
  • Republic Of Turkey, Ministry Of Culture & Tourism Special Prize TRT International Documentary Days

News

More than 19 international awards for Mila Turajlic's film since the IDFA 2017, including the Objectif d’or at the Millennium Film Festival, the Fipresci Jury Award in ZagrebDox, the Special Jury Award at Salem Film Fest, the Best Editing & Sound Design Awards at the Belgrade Documentary Festival !

Congratulations to Magali Bragard and Séverine Enjolras for their film Remake of a summer rewarded by the Excellence in Visual Anthropology Award at Ethnocineca International Film Festival of Vienna 2018

 It's official, The other side of everythingby Mila Turajlic will do it's World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival !


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