Serbian Film Fest in Vancouver

 I had my first taste of the Vancouver Serbian Film Festival last year and it was an instant addiction.

This year there is another stellar line up of films starting with the opening gala film, The Woman With a Broken Nose, and culminating with the closing film, An Oath.

This year the films are so good, I screened them once to read the subtitles, and once again to absorb the amazing visuals and story flow. It was worth every minute.

The Woman With a Broken Nose is a clever interweaving of several stories, written and directed by Srdan Koljevic.

A taxi driver unwittingly picks up a young woman and her baby, who forces him to stop in the middle of a bridge where she throws open the door and plunges to the water below.
The man is left to deal with the infant as he's taken on a ride of his own, weaving and connecting the lives of those around him.

This is a fantastic film with a stellar cast, and Koljevic has picked an amazing crew who have risen to the occasion.

Nebojsa Glogovac (taxi driver Gavrillo), and Nada Sargin (the girl with the broken nose), are incredible to watch: they fully embody their characters giving them a natural depth and ease.

Director of photography Goran Volarevic does an incredible job, composer Mario Schneider is remarkable, but most impressive of all is editor Marko Glusac whose story telling skills and timing are astonishing.

An Oath is based on true events and follows the development of a unique friendship that grows and flourishes under very unusual circumstances. A mix of humour and drama, The Oath delivers keen insight into morals, extremes, and what it means to keep a promise.

It's a beautiful story written and directed by Srdjan Karanovic and again, sports a stellar cast and crew.
Actors Iva Krajnc and Miki Manojlovic are seamless in their portrayals of Iva and Azem (respectively): Manojlovic hardly utters a word in the film but his physicality speaks volumes.
 
Director of photography Slobodan Trninic has a gift for capturing the essence of each shot, a beautiful coupling with music by Zoran Simjanovic.

Serbian filmmakers are a force to be reckoned with. The festival hasn't even begun and I'm already anxious to see what the line-up will be for next year.

The fourth annual Vancouver Serbian Film Festival gets under way Tuesday November 9 at the Hollywood Theatre, and goes until November 12.

Check out the Hollywood theatre for show times and tickets.

This is a film festival you won't want to miss!

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