Village Without Women | Premiere
Director: Srdjan Šarenac
Country: Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, France
Duration: 83 min
In Southwest Serbia, atop a mountain and four kilometers from the nearest road, the Jankovic brothers hold down the fort in the womanless village of Zabrdje. Dragan, Zoran, and Rodoljub, along with their neighbor, Velimir, represent the entire population of what was once a vibrant rural community. They live in tough conditions. No running water, no roads, not even a hint of a woman’s touch. Not to mention, the three brothers still share the same bedroom. Zoran, the eldest brother, dreams of marrying a woman capable of handling life in Zabrdje. Despite his efforts, he fails to convince a Serbian woman to join them in village. Zoran’s friend Danko succeeded in finding a gorgeous wife by crossing the border to Albania. As Zoran sees their unlikely relationship blossom into love, he decides to follow suit. For Zoran, Albania is the only place left to find a bride. Rodoljub, the youngest of the brothers, systematically opposes bringing an Albanian woman into their home. With the war wounds from Kosovo still present, Serbs and Albanians are far from healed. Zoran has the opportunity to extend the olive branch to the “enemy”. Will Zoran’s attempt be fruitful? Can he fulfill his dream and renew hope in his village?
Srđan Šarenac is an award winning film director, screenwriter and producer with 15 years of experience in Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, France and Germany. He has an MFA in film directing from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, Serbia, a Master’s in Audiovisual Management at Media Business School in Ronda, Spain and a postgraduate degree in screenwriting from the Binger film Lab in Amsterdam. In 2004 he directed the documentary series THE MAKING OF TOP LISTA NADREALISTA. In 2006 he directed the very popular comedy show MILE U BORBI PROTIV TRANZICIJE / MILE VS. THE TRANSITION for B92 in Serbia. The latest film he directed and coproduced, the feature length documentary, VILLAGE WITHOUT WOMEN, premiered at the largest documentary film festival – IDFA Amsterdam. The movie was screened at 60 film festivals winning 14 awards such as Ivica Matić Award for Best Bosnian Film in 2010 and the SCAM French Filmmakers Association Award. VILLAGE WITHOUT WOMEN has been selected for INPUT – best 80 movies produced by public televisions.