ON THE OTHER SIDE by Zrinko Ogresta
(85 min, Croatia, color, 2016, Croatian with English subtitles, world premiere)
One of Croatia’s leading directors, Zrinko Ogresta comes to Berlin with his seventh feature film ON THE OTHER SIDE that explores post-war tensions rising to the surface in a seemingly placid post-war Croatia.
Vesna is a middle-aged hospital nurse in Zagreb, whose dedication to her adult children and her patients brings them joy and comfort. Quietly she goes about her daily life of mundane chores: babysitting for her son, helping her daughter (played by this year’s Shooting Star Tihana Lazović) prepare for her wedding. Out of the blue Vesna gets a call from her husband Žarko, who left his family on the eve of the war to fight for ‘the other side’. Having just been released from a prison sentence for war crimes in Croatia and Bosnia. His reappearance sends her carefully reconstructed life in a tail spin, endangering her new identity.
Feb 14, 22:30, CinemaxX 7 (world premiere)
Feb 15, 20:15, CineStar 3
Feb 16, 14:00, International
Feb 20, 17:00, Zoo Palast 2
Feb 21, 17:45, CineStar 3