Serbia, 2010, 102 min
Bor, in eastern Serbia, was once home to the largest copper mine in Europe. Now it’s just the biggest hole. Jobs are hard to find and the local populace feels overlooked. Full of unarticulated energy, best friends Toda and Stefan spend their first summer after graduating from high school skateboarding in the abandoned mine and making Jackass-like videos. Stefan is headed to Belgrade University in the fall, while Toda disdainfully claims he wouldn't apply for higher education even if he had the money. When Dunja, a friend who has returned from France for her summer holiday, arrives on the scene, the boys launch a quiet battle for her attention and affection. Caught up in a strange relationship of dying friendship and rivalry, they try to get ahead of each other. In the meantime, union protests in town gain momentum and the boys find themselves thrust back together under a common cause. First-time feature director Nikola Lezaic says Tilva Rosh “is about waking the consciousness you don't want to wake, finding out about injustices you don't care about, assuming social roles when you don't want to participate and about helpless struggle to save that carefree teenage world from any changes.” The international jury of the Sarajevo Film Festival, where Tilva Rosh had its world premiere in 2010, handed this astutely observed coming-of-age film the first of many international awards, including Best Film.
New Directors Prize Contender.