A Good Wife

Milena is a middle-aged wife and mother ensconced comfortably behind a gate in an upscale suburb of Belgrade. She quietly tends to her looks, dutifully cooks and entertains, and meets her friends for choir practice. She makes love with her husband and they socialize jauntily with a group of old friends. But unsettling realities are beginning to seep into Milena’s consciousness and disrupt her ordered world. One day while cleaning, she happens upon a videotape that incriminates her husband in horrific war crimes. [Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Film Festival]

The Paradise Suite

A gorgeous, spirited young Bulgarian woman (Anjela Nedyalkova) travels to the Netherlands with dreams of a modelling career, only to find herself working Amsterdam’s red-light district against her will. An African illegal migrant worker (Issaka Sawadogo) is forced to accept a reprehensible job just to keep himself and a neighbouring family from losing their modest lodgings. A Swedish boy (Erik Adelöw) is mercilessly teased at school, while at home he is overwhelmed by pressure from his conductor father (Magnus Krepper) to become a piano virtuoso. A Serbian war criminal (Boris Isakovic) believes he has started a new life in Amsterdam, complete with a new baby and a thriving business, but there are those in his vicinity who have not forgotten his malefactions of old — including Seka (Jasna Djuricic), a Bosnian woman so single-mindedly focussed on revenge that she will not allow love into her life. [Synopsis courtesy of TIFF]

Barbarians

Teenager Luka lives in the small Serbian town of Mladenovac with a mother who can’t handle him anymore, and his life is one scrape after another. He and his best mate Flash lead the local football fans and spend most of their spare time rooting for their team and drinking beer. Debuting director Ivan Ikić set his realistic tale of coming of age and the quest for identity against a backdrop of the unrest sparked by Kosovo’s declaration of independence. [Synopsis courtesy of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival]