Home Page
24 Jan 13

Berlin Festival Showcases Heroic Bosnian War Story

After its world premiere at the Sundance Festival, Krugovi, a new movie based on a true story about a Bosnian Serb who saved a Muslim in the Bosnian war, will have its European premiere at the Berlinale. 

Nemanja Cabric
BIRN Belgrade

The movie, Krugovi, (Circles), by Srdan Golubovic, will be presented in Berlin on February 11, after which it will have three more screenings.

According to the director, the movie is about the consequences of a heroic act, payback, and waiting for good to triumph. It has a parallel storyline taking place at three locations: Belgrade, Halle, Germany, and Trebinje, in Bosnia.

Srdjan Koljevic and Melina Pota Kolevic wrote the script based on a true story about a Bosnian Serb who saved a Muslim during the war, only to be killed later on by his fellow soldiers.

The movie shows the swings of fate and destiny – a son of a soldier who killed Marko now asks for a job at his father’s church building site, while Marko’s best friend, a Belgrade surgeon, played by Nebojsa Glogovac, faces a dilemma about whether to operate on the man who killed Marko. In the third story, Haris, the Bosniak Marko saved in the war, played by Leon Lucev, now married and living in Halle, has a chance to repay his debt by helping his fiancée.

As Golubovic told Belgrade's B92: “The movie circles develop concentrically around the original heroic act.”

Audiences know Golubovic for his award winning, Oscar-shortlisted movie, Klopka, (The Trap), which received attention in 2007 at the festival, despite not being selected for the competition.

The new movie did not enter the competition programme this year, either, and will be screened as a part of the Forum programme, which deals with films about social upheaval, times of transition and periods of change.

The 43rd Berlinale Forumis showing 41 films in the main programme, 22 of which are world premieres and 10 international premieres.

Circles was premiered on January 18 at the Sundance Festival in Park City, Utah. This was the first time a movie from the region was selected among the 12 movies in the World Dramatic Competition of the festival founded by Robert Redford in 1984.

The cast also includes Aleksandar Bercek, Nikola Rakocevic, Hristina Popovic, Vuk Kostic, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic and Marko Janketic.

The movie was made as a Serbian, Croatian, Slovenian, German and French coproduction.

Circles will have its premiere in Serbia during the FEST International Film Festival, which takes place from February 22 to March 3. 

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Culture Policy Focus

24 Jul 16

Locals Fear Hidden Cost of Serbia’s EXIT Festival

While Novi Sad’s EXIT festival has undoubtedly boosted the local economy, some fear it might be doing the city more damage than good.

05 Apr 16

Serbian Film Industry Needs Resources to Grow

02 Feb 16

Briton’s Long Walk into Serbia’s Heart

25 Dec 15

Spirit of Christmas

23 Dec 15

Crafting a New Ceramics Culture in Belgrade

25 Oct 15

Belgrade Book Fair ‘too Commercial’

22 Oct 15

Montenegrin Art Group Spurs Cultural Revival


/en/file/show//Images/Images.New/Bloggers/Sasa Dragojlo photo blog.jpg
26 Oct 15

Five Books to Seek Out at the Belgrade Fair

This year the International Belgrade Book Fair will present 1,500 titles, but there are five books from prominent Serbian writers translated into English that readers should not miss.

Latest News

26 Jun 16

Outdoor Cinemas Take Over the Belgrade Summer

27 May 16

Belgrade Manifest Returns to Kalemegdan

07 Mar 16

Belgrade Guitar Art Festival - an Eclectic Mix

02 Mar 16

Serbian War Drama Delights Belgrade Film-Goers

19 Feb 16

“Humidity” to Open 44th Annual FEST

01 Feb 16

Belgrade Honours Bowie in Sound and Vision

05 Nov 15

Free Zone Film Festival Returns to Serbia


08 Jan 14

Retracing Edith Durham’s steps

22 Apr 13

Cheap and Cheery Beers in the Office

18 Mar 13

Diagnosing Kosovo