In the winter of 1991, Aleksandra Zec, a young Serbian girl, was executed in Zagreb, a victim of the violence of the Yugoslav Wars. A quarter of a century later, provocative Bosnian theatre director Oliver Frljić is staging a play about the Zec case in Rijeka, Croatia. Rehearsals for the play become a kind of collective psychotherapy for everyone involved, and 12-year-old actor Nina comes to feel as though the war is still underway. In recording the preparations for the performance, director Nebojša Slijepčević makes shooting choices that seem almost counterintuitive – often turning his camera away from the action to look at the reactions and exhanges among those observing, reflecting, and judging, thereby constructing a fascinating interplay of gazes that draws the viewer in.
Director: Nebojša Slijepćević
Producer: Vanja Jambrović
Cinematographer: Nebojša Slijepćević, Bojan Mrdenović, Iva Kraljević
Editor: Tomislav Stojanović
Sound: Tihomir Vrbanec, Ivan Zelić
Production Company: Restart