The Other Side of Everything

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Serbia | 2017 | 104 minutes | Mila Turajlic

For Serbian filmmaker Mila Turajlić, a locked door in her mother's Belgrade apartment, closed for 70 years, provides the gateway to both her remarkable family history and her country's tumultuous political inheritance as she dissects Yugoslavia's breakup.

What can a locked door inside a Belgrade apartment tell us about the past? Filmmaker Mila Turajlić uses a door that was sealed shut for 70 years to explain the breakup of Yugoslavia. Like many large apartments under communism, her family home in the city center was divided to accommodate other families. The Turajlićs never opened that door and never knew their neighbor. "The more I stare at the locked doors that I have been faced with all my life, the more I realize how much about Serbia can be understood by talking about divided spaces." Turajlić focuses with an Agnes Varda-like eye on her family apartment, the objects within, and the major historical activities that occurred outside the tall windows of her building. However, the film is really a fascinating portrait of her radical mother Srbijanka Turajlićs, a university professor and a dynamic staunchly committed dissident who played a main role in resistance movements during the 1990s and in the first democratic government in 2000. In both a homey and political family chronicle, Director Turajlić manages to illuminate some of the most complicated issues of her country.

Director Biography
Mila Turajlić is a Serbian-born documentary filmmaker best known for her award-winning documentary Cinema Komunisto (2010). She runs Dribbling Pictures, a production company with fellow filmmaker Boris Mitic.

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  • Original Language Title: Druga strana svega
  • Director: Mila Turajlic
  • Principal Cast: Srbijanka Turajlić
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Serbia
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 104 minutes
  • Producer: Carine Chichkowsky, Mila Turajlić
  • Screenplay: Mila Turajlić
  • Cinematographers: Mila Turajlić
  • Editors: Sylvie Gadmer, Aleksandra Milovanovic
  • Music: Jonathan Morali
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2017 (Best Feature Length Documentary)
  • Filmography: Cinema Komunisto (2010)
  • Language: Serbian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Icarus Films
  • International Sales: Dribbling Pictures