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Then Comes the Evening, a film by Maja Novaković, nominated for the Silver Eye

4. Oct 2019




The Czech Institute of Documentary Film will, for the eleventh time, award the Silver Eye Award to the best documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe during the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival. Among the eleven nominated short films is the Serbian film Then Comes the Evening by Maja Novaković.

The documentary depicts the lives of two old women living in isolation in the hills of Eastern Bosnia. Nature is an entity that grandmothers “talk to,” listen to, and whom they respect. The film highlights an intangible cultural heritage through the depiction of fairy tales and rituals against bad weather, hail and storm. It shows the simplicity and purity of their lives as well as their painstaking labor. In the day-to-day affairs they perform, the sublimity and difficulty of these activities are revealed and brought to life. The film deals with everyday life through genre scenes of rural existence, showing the care and closeness of two elderly women, both in their mutual relations and in relation to nature.

The screenplay is by Maja Novaković, who has also produced the film alongside Milan Milosavljević. The film stars  Vinka Radić and Obrenija Radić. The director of photography is  Jasna Prolić. The film was edited by  Marija Kovačina. The film was created under the auspices of  Akademski filmski centar (AFC) and Dom Kulture Studentski grad.