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The Users

Feature film

Original title: Korisnici

Genre: Melodrama

Writer/director: Ivan Ikić

Producer: Milan Stojanović

Developed through the frame of Cinéfondacion La Résidence 2016Cinefondation logo

With the support of the Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA of the European Union

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Supported by Film Center Serbia, script development

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SYNOPSIS:

ROBERT (15) is a melancholic teenager, a user of  Home for children and youth with special needs, whose tendency to lock in more than once resulted in cut wrists. These infertile attempts for suicide were often accompanied by Dragana (14), his faithful friend and accomplice, very much in love with Robert.

Their relationship is interrupted when Marija (14), a new user with aggressive behavior, comes to the Home. She also falls in love with Robert, hiding this from Dragana, her instant-new-best-friend.

The triangle is broken when Dragana, hurt, ends communication with both and Roberts councilor separates Robert from Marija because of the bad influence she has on him. After Marija tries to stab him, the councilor transfers her to another home.

After months of separation and psychical pressure he’s been under by his councilor, Robert meets Marija again, determined to complete their plan of cutting their wrists together.

BIOGRAPHY OF THE DIRECTOR:

Ivan Ikic, directorIvan Ikić (born in 1982, Belgrade, Yugoslavia) studied film and television directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts within the University of Arts in Belgrade. He attended both the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Berlinale Dox Clinic in 2008. He has made several short films and documentaries, including the documentary road movie Tarot Serbia! (Tarot Srbija! 2010). Barbarians (Varvari, 2014) his feature film debut won Special Jury Prize in East of the West program at Karlovy Vary Film Festival and was screened and awarded at numerous film festivals.