In a small town in Serbia, Nikola (Goran Bogdan, Fargo), a day laborer and father of two, is ordered to give up his children to social services after poverty and hunger drive his wife to commit a desperate act. Until he can provide adequate conditions for their upbringing, the children will be placed in foster care.
Despite Nikola’s best efforts and several appeals, social services refuse to return his children, leaving him feeling hopeless. But when Nikola discovers the local administration may be corrupt, he decides to travel across Serbia on foot and take his case directly to the national ministry in Belgrade.
Against all odds and driven by love and despair, this father refuses to give up on justice and his right to raise his children.
Winner - Panorama Audience Award, Berlinale 2020
"A gripping, nuanced drama. The latest feature from Srdan Golubovic combines the social realism of a Dardenne brothers heartbreaker with a Capra-like fanfare for the ordinary man.” – Screen Daily
About the filmmaker
Srdan Golubović is a Serbian filmmaker, and the son of film director Predrag Golubović. His first feature film Absolute 100 (2001) made the festival circuit, winning 10 international and 19 domestic awards. His second film, the psychological thriller Klopka (2007), won 21 international awards and was shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars. His film Circles (2013) was selected as the Serbian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards. Golubović founded the production company Baš Celik, where he works with a team of young film artists to produce commercials, marketing campaigns, and music videos for established local artists. He currently lives in Belgrade, where he is an assistant professor of Film Directing at The Faculty of Dramatic Arts.