4 days
Serbia, France, 2017

Original music : Jonathan Morali Production : Survivance

Programmed by Claire Simon


A locked door inside a Belgrade apartment has kept one family separated from their past for over 70 years. As the filmmaker begins an intimate conversation with her mother, the political fault line running through their home reveals a house and a country haunted by history. The chronicle of a family in Serbia turns into a searing portrait of an activist in times of great turmoil, questioning the responsibility of each generation to fight for their future.

Tënk's opinion

The marvellous thing about this film that takes an apartment as a fixed backdrop to a life, several lives and the history of Yugoslavia and Serbia woven together by the director’s camera is that it’s imbued with the colour of childhood memories, the place we loved so much that we’ve left behind: lights, shadows, the glow, funny scenes, endearing characters, archives, paintings, silverware, and above all, her mother – a formidable intellectual and combative democrat from a country that many equated with its dictator Slobodan Milošević. In this film, we discover another Serbia – friends and neighbours argue round the kitchen table, the press keeps phoning, and down in the street, there are protests after protests, and like before, Srbijanka Turajlić says rousing words to the crowd. Her mother appeals to the director: will she carry on the political combat? She will not make her profession out of what she inherits and honours magnificently in this film. How do you receive an inheritance? What do you do with it?


Claire Simon


Mila Turajlić

Mila Turajlić

Mila Turajlić was born in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1979, and has a PhD in Film Studies from Westminster. She also studied Political Science and International Relations in London, Film Production in Belgrade and Documentary Directing at La Femis in Paris. Her first feature documentary, “Cinema Komunisto” (2011), received sixteen awards from all over the world. As well as helping create a festival in Belgrade (Magnificent 7 Festival), she is one of the founders of DOKSerbia, a documentary makers’ association. She teaches Documentary Directing and Creative Use of Archives at SciencesPo and the INASup in Paris.