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Days of Madness Damian Nenadić

Maja and Mladen have lived and suffered through a long-term addiction to psychotropic drugs. In video diary format “Days of Madness” depicts their attempt to win back control of their lives.

Days of Madness

Documentary Film
74 minutes

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Oliver Sertić
Damian Nenadić
Miro Manojlović, Filip Sertić
Maja Šćukanec, Mladen Bađun, Damian Nenadić, Srđan Kovačević
Sandra Bastašić
Martin Semenčić
Kventiax, Seroquel, Rivotril, Prazine, Normabel … When Mladen and Maja, in a mix of detachment and anger, list the psychoactive substances that determine their lives and ruin their bodies with toxic side effects, it’s as if they were talking about terribly annoying family members. On top of their long medical history full of spells in hospitals there’s the fact that the real family members, whether long buried at the local cemetery or in the shape of parents scolding them from the next room, won’t surcease them either. In close cooperation with Mladen and Maja, who portray themselves in diary-like video recordings, Damian Nenadić shows two people who were left alone by society in their distress – or whose distress was caused by the latter in the first place. Maja’s borderline personality disorder was diagnosed as a consequence of her transgender identity. Mladen, who returned from the Yugoslavian war with depression, was first sent to a priest by his parents. “Days of Madness” depicts their gradual attempts to win back a little control of a life stolen by psychiatry, family and church. “Why is BPD a disorder and nationalism is not?”

Esther Buss

Nominated for the MDR Film Prize

The Family

Documentary Film
106 minutes

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Erna Gorše Biček, Rok Biček
Rok Biček
Rok Biček
Rok Biček, Yulia Roschina
Julij Zornik
The name “Rok” keeps coming up. Give him my regards, we hear from the phone while Matej is standing on the Eiffel Tower with his new girlfriend. Rok Biček seems to have become part of the family he followed with his camera for over a decade – which also explains Matej’s natural behaviour. In a way, he is the centre of this film which shows him leaving his original family and founding his own. It’s not easy for him in either. Matej was born into a family whose members, unlike him, are mentally and physically limited. The tone is rough and marked by misunderstandings. The special insurmountabilities cause pain.

In the new family he founds with his first girlfriend a man is present from the start who is to become Matej’s successor. The couple still produce offspring, though Matej starts to think about sterilisation early on. In his film Rok Biček alternates between footage that shows Matej as an adolescent and footage that shows him as a young adult and father. Some questions that are open at first are answered step by step, others never touched. The confidence of the narrative and its sense of situations make this film stand out.

Carolin Weidner

Nominated for MDR Film Prize