Smrt čoveka na Balkanu



A lonely composer commits suicide in front of his web camera. The whole ‘big event’, as one of the neighbours calls the death of his neighbour, starts when Aca enters the decedent’s apartment after he heard the gunshot. He finds the dead neighbour lying on the floor and becomes ‘the first witness’. Therefore he stays in the apartment to wait for the police but, as time goes by, many other neighbours start to interfere. The whole time is recorded by a webcam which they are not aware of. While waiting and to shorten the time, they drink, eat and play chess; they evoke memories of him, pity him, and praise his music − even though they cannot remember his name. Since a traffic jam delays the police’s arrival, they witness many unusual ‘newcomers’ including the undertaker, the real estate agent along with the apartment buyer, a pizza delivery guy and medical officials. In thrilling and effective dialogue they welcome the police and forensic officers who discover the working web camera. From that moment until the end of the ‘small gathering’ the situation and relations between the surprised and randomly assembled group become different under the pressure of the camera and the need to justify previous statements and actions as well as a broader, satirical picture of our society.

Director's Statement

This project builds on a tradition of successful films that have rested on the unity of time, place and action, but due to commercial content, which enables communication with the audience, this film is also a big step forward into new, authentic form. In this film everything takes place in an apartment in one day. In one shot. The whole story was filmed from the perspective of a web camera. During the film, cinema time and real life time are a match − they last 80 minutes. As an author, I was interested in events after someone’s suicide. Since each section in the film language marks a passage of time, I recorded this story in one take in order to create an image of the hyper-realistic environment of time and place I live in.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Miroslav Momčilović

Written by: Miroslav Momčilović

Produced by: Miroslav Momčilović

Cinematography: Miladin Čolaković

Editing: Ivan Vladimirov

Production Design: Diana Lazarov

Original Score: Predrag Šarović

Cast: Emir Hadžihafizbegović (Aca), Radoslav Milenković (Vesko), Bojan Žirović (undertaker), Nataša Ninković (Nada), Ljubomir Bandović (policeman)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2012