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ORDINARY PEOPLE

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ORDINARY PEOPLE

Director: Vladimir Perisic
Serbia   |   2009   |   79 minutes
Serbian, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis On a seemingly average day, a busload of young soldiers is sent to a remote location in the countryside and given a macabre task: the execution of a number of civilians. Dzoni, a green recruit, initially objects, but as he moves from one killing to the next, he is swept up by the spectre of military authority, and quickly becomes desensitized by the apparently routine nature of his task. As he nears the end of his assignment, the quiet horror of the day slowly begins to affect him, forcing a painful reconciliation with his actions. Set in an unspecified time of conflict in the Balkans, director Vladimir Perisic’s highly attuned and unsentimental lens captures the psychological toll of war on its participants, and the universal struggle of all soldiers to reconcile morality with action.

About the Director Vladimir Perisic was born in Serbia in 1976. He studied film direction at the Faculty of Drama Arts, Belgrade and at La Femis, Paris, receiving his diploma from the Directing Department. He has directed several short films including Realitatvirtust and Miloch. His graduation film, Dremano Oko, was selected for Cinefondation at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2003. Ordinary People is his first feature film.

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

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DVD Release Date: September 27, 2011

Featured in the Global Lens 2010 film series.



CAST

Dzoni - Relja Popovic
Kouki - Boris Isakovic
Soldiers - Miroslav Stevanovic, Vladimir Devic. Dejan Spasojevic, Istvan Roza, Nahor Major

CREW

Director - Vladimir Perisic
Writer - Vladimir Perisic, Alice Winocour
Producers - Anthony Doncque, Milena Poylo, Gilles Sacuto, Nadezda Perisic, Pierre-Alain Meier, Vladimir Perisic
Director of Photography - Simon Beaufils
Editor - Martial Salomon
Sound - Frédéric Heinrich, François Méreu
REVIEWS

"Serbian writer/director Vladimir Perisic’s debut feature is quietly devastating; a slow-burning fuse, that ends with an implosion of the heart and mind...I’m so glad to have caught this filmmaker’s debut feature." -The Brag

"Serbian-born Perisic reveals both the subtle beauties of a quiet afternoon in the country and the way in which something as horrifying as mass execution can appear, on the surface, to be completely banal.” -Variety

“…thoughtfully handled and packaged…Perisic proves a poised and precise crafter of images” -Hollywood Reporter

"[The film's] clinical description of a terrifying reality is explored in a realist style and looks at the symbolic initiation to evil, giving Ordinary People a universal and philosophical resonance." -Cineuropa

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2009
FIPRESCI Prize; Best Actor; Heart of Sarajevo, SARAJEVO FILM FESTIVAL
Critcs’ Week, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
CineEuropa Prize, MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
GASPARILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ROTTERDAM
ZAGREB INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Best Film; Special Mention, TRIESTE FILM FESTIVAL
New Directors Section, SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Bronze Horse Nominee, STOCKHOLM FILM FESTIVAL

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