L'EUROPE AUTOUR DE L'EUROPE FILM FESTIVAL PARIS
A film about longing and belonging, set high up in the mountains above the Adriatic Sea. A city girl, Jagoda, visits her extended family in the Balkan countryside during the summer, awakening hope, love, and the sense of mystery.
The story unfolds in a recently fragmented space, on the borders of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia, and is mirrored in the narrative structure of the film, which is broken in two halves and an epilogue. The ghostly presence of the young woman creates a connection between the two families, divided by the newly formed borders, with no passports or umbrellas needed.
Directed by: Nikola Mijović and Vlastimir Sudar
Screenplay: Nikola Mijović and Vlastimir Sudar
Cinematography: Miloš Jaćimović
Film Editor: Aleksander Fry
Main cast: Kristina Stevović, Vahidin Prelić, Robert Budak, Nedeljko Milović, Ognjen Vujović, Momo Pićurić
Duration: 93 min
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, UK, Sweden
Subtitles: English, French
Vlastimir Sudar was born in Sarajevo. He studied Film and Video as part of the Fine Art Course at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. In 1995, he won a competition to direct a one minute short film on an ecological issue for MTV Europe. His graduation film, ‘Out’, was selected for the Centre de Cultura Contemporània film festival in Barcelona in 1997. Vlastimir’s short films ‘Sense of Wonder’ (2000) and ‘Unemployed’ (2002) have been screened at festivals in London, Madrid and Berlin, amongst others. He has directed music videos and promotional films for fashion designers, including work for Nick Knight and Peter Saville. In 2007, he completed his doctoral thesis in Film Studies on the Yugoslav director Aleksandar Petrovic, later published as a book – ‘Portrait of the Artist as a Political Dissident’ – in 2013. Vlastimir’s work has been published in the anthology ‘The Cinema of the Balkans’, and Sight and Sound magazine.
Nikola Mijović was born in Titograd (today’s Podgorica), Montenegro. He graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London in 1998, with experimental narrative film ‘Essay on Insects’. During his postgraduate studies at Konstfack in Stockholm he directed the short film ‘The Sacred War’ (2005). His other work as director includes ‘777’ (2003), and ‘Poetry Day at Buckingham Palace’ (2007), a short documentary commissioned by The Poetry Society and The Foyle Foundation. In addition, his photographs have been published and exhibited internationally and his essays on cinema appeared in the anthology ‘The Cinema of the Balkans’ (UK), and Cineaste magazine (US), amongst others. He works as a lecturer in film studies and photography at the University of the Arts, London. ‘Borders, Raindrops’ is Nikola’s first feature length fiction film.
“Borders, Raindrops is an extraordinary film...”
Pobjeda, 15 August 2018
“Borders, Raindrops - a love letter to the landscapes turned
into a post-apocalyptic wilderness”
Sputnik News, 19 August 2018
"On the tripoint - space of iconic beauty - in the ambiance of many myths and secrets, doubts and beliefs, Kristina Stevovic engenders the phisionomy of a girl that is equally visceral and fairylike and etheric..."
Vijesti, 30 September 2018
“With the film against new borders”
SEE Culture Magazine, 25 November 2018
"Borders, Raindrops is a call for universal peace and a far cry from traditional Balkan cinema."
Cineuropa, 14 March 2019
"Borders, Raindrops is a call for universal peace and a far cry from traditional Balkan cinema"
Cineuropa, 14 March 2019
“Respect and smart humour are the healthy agents with which to revisit the still open wounds of the Balkan conflict...'"
Cineclandestino, 14 March 2019