Tilva Rosh / Tilva Roš (Serbia/The Netherlands, 2010)

directed by Nikola Ležaić, coming of age/drama, 102 min, eng subtitles
written by Nikola Ležaić
with Marko Todorović, Stefan Djordjević, Dunja Kovačević

Bor, Serbia, once the largest copper mine, now just the biggest hole in Europe. Small union protests are going on. Tida (19) and Stefan (19) are best friends, skaters, who spend their first summer after finishing high school. Stefan's going to Belgrade to the university in autumn. Toda says he wouldn't apply to the university even if he had the money. They spend time shooting "Jackass-like" videos and hanging out with Dunja (17), who came back from France for her holidays, and get into a quiet battle for her attention. In that strange relationship of dying friendship and rivalry they try to get ahead of each other. But when small union protest evolves into a huge riot their destructiveness will tie them together.
Natural "non-acting" of the youngsters - kids playing themselves - gives the film an almost documentary feel and offers a rare insight into the world and minds of young people today.

Sarajevo IFF 2010 (Best Film, Best Actor)
Transilvania IFF 2011 (Fipresci Prize)
Motovun FF 2011 (Propeller of Motovun Award to Nicola Ležaić)