Requiem for Mrs. J
Genre: Feature - Drama
Release Year: 2015
Duration: 94 min
Directed by: Bojan Vuletic
Jelena has had enough of life. Her husband died a year ago, and she feels tired and lonely – in spite of her two daughters and her mother-in-law who all share her flat. She has decided that, at the end of the week, on the anniversary of her husband’s death, she will commit suicide. She has a pistol ready for the job. But beforehand, there are a number of things to sort out: she needs to return an armchair she borrowed from a neighbour and terminate her life insurance policy; she needs to get a mason to put her portrait photograph on her gravestone and renew her health insurance card. In order to do so, Jelena needs proof that she has been a salaried employee for the past twenty years. Gradually, this quiet, humble woman begins to realise that nothing’s simple in a country that’s constantly swinging back and forth between torment and transition. The authorities are unable to cope, Jelena’s former employers are now bankrupt and the remaining staff are just killing time. And the end of the week is drawing near.
Awards and Screenings:
Winner, Best Film, Jury Prize, and Milutin Colic Award - National Program, FEST International Film Festival, Belgrade
Winner, Statueta Sloboda prize for Best Director, SOFEST Film Festival 2017
Winner, FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film, Sofia International Film Festival
Nominee, Golden Barge Prize, Vukovar Film Festival
Winner, Golden Lily Prize for Best Film, Wiesbaden Go East Festival, Germany
Nominee, Politiken's Audience Award CPH PIX
Screenings at film festivals throughout Europe and beyond.
Born in Belgrade in 1977. MA in film and TV directing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. As a co-writer, he has collaborated with Stefan Arsenijevic on the omnibus „Lost and Found“ (Serbian story) and feature „Love and Other Crimes“, premiered at 58th Berlinale in selection Panorama Special, for which he was two times granted a best script award at the national festivals.
His first feature film “Practical Guide to Belgrade with Singing and Crying” premiered at Karlovy Vary Film Festival in East of the West competition. It won several national and international awards such as: FEDEORA Critic Award at Pula Film Festival, FIPRESCI Award at Cinema City Film Festival, and Special jury prize in Jeonju, South Korea FF.
His second feature “Requiem for Mrs. J.” had its world premiere at 67th Berlinale in selection Panorama Special.