Short Film Profile

Amor Fati

Nenad, a shy young guy of Montenegrin origin, living in Germany is getting married to Sanja, Branko's daughter. Branko is a loud and proud man of traditional Balkan backgrounds. After the wedding he insists on driving the young couple home and eventually causes a car accident, in which his daughter Sanja, Nenad's bride is killed.

With Sanja's sudden death, Nenad finds himself confronted with a side of the Balkans he can't identify himself with. Branko claims destiny to be the cause of his daughter's death. At the funeral in the Montenegrin mountains Nenad is faced with the whole family accusing fate rather than Branko. To Nenad's eyes the funeral ceremony appears to be an unbearable theatrical farce. The loud shouts of grief, the monotone songs of sorrow; but above all the guilty one himself giving this boastingly grieving performance of wanting to jump into his daughter's grave out of sorrow and despair for his lost and only one. In Nenad's understanding of sorrow, guilt and responsibility this behavior is not tolerable. In a sudden reaction of anger he challenges Branko to go on and jump then! With this he interrupts the ceremony for a split second, but Branko truly jumps.

On their way back to Germany there is nothing but cold silence between them. Claiming to be taking the short cut Branko navigates the two with their little car onto snowier and snowier serpentine roads, until eventually the path becomes impassable. The car starts skidding, dangerously getting closer and closer to the edge of the narow street in the Montenegrin mountains. They have to repeatedly push the car back onto the safe middle of the road. Branko finally gets himself into an inescapable situation and Nenad suddenly seems to have Branko's life on the palm of his hand. He challenges destiny to force him a confession of his guilt.

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Director's note: Amor Fati is a parable about a culture-clash, about the harsh contrast between "the Balkans"' way of surrendering to fate and living in the moment and the western sense of personal responsibility and its tendency to asign guilt. A conflict I grew up with and couldn't come up with easy solutions for. However telling a story about it seemed to be a step into the right direction.

Amor Fati was finaced by the 2005 Promotional Prize for Joint Film Productions by young German and Eastern / South Eastern European filmmakers, sponsored by Robert Bosch Stiftung Germany.




Copyright © 2005 Amor Fati Filmproduktion / IFS: Internationale Filmschule Köln; FH Dortmund

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Previous screenings

goEast: Festival of Central and Eastern European Film
5 Apr – 11 Apr | Wiesbaden, Germany
18 Apr – 23 Apr | Dresden, Germany
19 Apr – 23 Apr | Selb, Germany
25 Apr – 30 Apr | Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany
Cologne Conference - TV & Film Festival
18 May – 24 May | Cologne, Germany
3 Jun – 10 Jun | Tel Aviv, Israel
Arcipelago International Festival of Short Films and New Images
16 Jun – 22 Jun | Rome, Italy
Cinema Jove: International Film Festival of Valencia
17 Jun – 24 Jun | Valencia, Spain
2 Aug – 12 Aug | Locarno, Switzerland
22 Aug | Berlin, Germany
Oldenburg International Film Festival
6 Sep – 10 Sep | Oldenburg, Germany
16 Oct – 19 Oct | Bar, Montenegro
Medunarodni Festival Studentskog Filma | 2006
20 Oct – 23 Oct | Belgrade, Serbia
Cinemed: Montpellier International Mediterranean Film Festival
27 Oct – 5 Nov | Montpellier, France
30 Oct – 5 Nov | Switzerland
Filmets: Badalona International Short Film Festival
17 Nov – 25 Nov | Badalona, Spain
17 Nov – 26 Nov | Wiesbaden, Germany
Munich International Festival of Film Schools
19 Nov – 26 Nov | Munich, Germany
4 Dec – 10 Dec | Tirana, Albania
8 Dec – 15 Dec | Kerala, India
5 Jan – 14 Jan | Sydney, Australia
Bamberg Short Film Festival
10 Jan – 14 Jan | Bamberg, Germany
7 Mar – 13 Mar | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Film Festival Turkey/Germany
8 Mar – 18 Mar | Nürnberg, Germany
Landshut Short Film Festival
22 Mar – 25 Mar | Landshut, Germany
Larissa Mediterranean Festival of New Filmmakers | 2007
26 Mar – 1 Apr | Larissa, Greece
goEast: Festival of Central and Eastern European Film
28 Mar – 3 Apr | Wiesbaden, Germany
17 Apr – 22 Apr | Dresden, Germany
4 May – 9 May | Rome, Italy
Ludwigsburg European Short Film Biennale
5 Jul – 9 Jul | Ludwigsburg, Germany
Seoul International Family Film Festival | 2007
18 Oct – 23 Oct | Seoul, Korea, South
9 Jun – 16 Jun | Naples, Italy

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