Otac (Father)

by Srdan Golubović

Otac (Father)


A small town in Serbia. Nikola, day laborer and father of two, is ordered to give up his children to social services after poverty and hunger drive his wife to commit a desperate act. Until he can provide adequate conditions for their upbringing, the children will be placed in foster care. Despite Nikola’s best efforts and several appeals, the head of the social services centre refuses to return his children and his situation seems hopeless. But when Nikola discovers the local administration may be corrupt, he decides to travel across Serbia on foot and take his case directly to the national ministry in Belgrade. Against all odds and driven by love and despair, this father refuses to give up on justice and his right to raise his children.


His first feature film “Absolute Hundred” (“Apsolutnih sto”) was screened in Toronto, San Sebastian, Rotterdam, Pusan and won numerous international and regional film awards. In 2007, Srdan's second  feature  film »The Trap« ( Klopka ), had its World premiere at Berlinale (Forum). The film participated at more than 50 international film festivals (including Toronto, Karlovy Vary) and won 21 international awards, it was also successfully distributed in cinemas worldwide.  In 2008. “The Trap” was shortlisted for Oscar for the Best Foreign Film. “Circles” (Krugovi), his third feature film had its World premiere at 2013. Sundance Film Festival (World Dramatic Competition) and won Special Jury Prize, film had its European premiere at Berlinale (Forum) where it received Prize of Ecumenical Jury. The film was screened at more than 80 international film festivals and won 45 international film awards. Srdan Golubovic is member of EFA and the President of the Board of Auteur Film Festival, Belgrade.  He works as professor of Film Directing on the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade.


2020: Father (Otac)
2013: Circles (Krugovi)
2007: The Trap (Klopka)
2001: Absolute Hundred (Apsolutnih sto)



Goran Bogdan: Nikola
Boris Isaković: Vasiljević
Nada Šargin: Biljana
Milica Janevski: Službenica
Muharem Hamzić: Miloš
Ajla Šantić: Sanja
Vahlid Džanković: Službenik
Milan Marić: Jovanović
Jovo Maksić: Goran
Nikola Rakočević: Radoje


Director: Srdan Golubović
Screenwriter: Srdan Golubović, Ognjen Sviličić
Director of Photography: Aleksandar Ilič
Editing: Petar Marković
Sound Design: Erik Mischijew, Corina Fleig
Sound: Bruno Tarrière
Art Direction: Goran Joksimović, Predrag Petrović
Producers: Jelena Mitrovič, Čedomir Kolar, Alexander Ris, Marc Baschet, Danis Tanović, Boris T. Matić, Lana Matić, Danijel Hočevar, Amra Bakšić Čamo, Adis Djapo
Production companies: Film House Bas Celik, A.S.A.P. Films, Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion, Vertigo, Propeler Film, SCCA/ Pro.BA
Co-Producers: Meinolf Zuhorst, Olivier Pere, Remi Burah
Co-Production companies: ZDF Arte, Arte France

Technical Data

format: DCP / 5.1/ in colour
duration: 120 min.
original language: Serbian

original title: Otac


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