Bašta fest is continuing its old tradition – as part of non-competition film programme, the festival will be closed by a debut feature film which has (according to the opinion of Bašta team) left a mark on this past year. This year, on July 7th, after the awards ceremony at our favourite location by the Perućac lake, the audience will have an opportunity to watch “THE WITCH HUNTERS”, a film by Raško Miljković.
Following its premiere at Toronto film festival in Kids programme, where it was awarded with Young People’s Jury Award for Best Feature Film, The Witch Hunters had a lot of festival screenings and awards: Cinemagic Dublin Festival (Ireland), Zlin IFF (Czech Republic), Transilvania IFF (Romania), Sarajevo FF (BiH), Zurich FF (Switzerland), Busan IFF (South Korea), Riga IFF (Latvia), Sao Paulo IFF (Brazil), Sundance FF (USA) and many more.
This story was made possible by producer Jovana Karaulić and production house Action production, the screenplay was inspired by the book About button and happiness by author Jasminka Petrović and written by Marko Manojlović and Miloš Krečković. Coproducers are houses This and That from Belgrade and Dream Factory from Macedonia. The Witch Hunters authors team: DoP Mikša Anđelić, composer Nevena Glušica, costume designer Milena Milenković, editor of the film Đorđe Marković and set designer Aljoša Spajić. Starring in The Witch Hunters are two kids Mihajlo Milavić and Silma Mahmuti, as well as Jelena Đokić, Bojan Žirović, Milutin Milošević, Dubravka Kovjanić, Olga Odanović, Jelena Jovanova, Stela Ćetković, Milena Predić and Matija Popović.
Synopsis: 10-year-old Jovan has had cerebral palsy for as long as he can remember. His condition has shaped his everyday life and made him think of himself as invisible to others – particularly his parents and classmates. In the world of his imagination, however, to which he escapes frequently, he is free to be who he wants and possesses the hero superpowers that everybody dreams of. Jovan’s (extra)ordinary existence is suddenly shaken up by a new classmate, Milica. Bit by bit, brave and determined Milica tears down the wall that Jovan has built around himself and eventually invites him to join her on a real life adventure – to liberate her father from his new wife, Milica’s stepmother, whom she believes is a witch. The quest offers Jovan a reality beyond anything he could have imagined, but in order to become a true hero Jovan first has to learn to accept himself for who he is.