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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Serbian Lawyer
The Serbian Lawyer

The Serbian Lawyer

director: Aleksandar Nikolić
original title: The Serbian Lawyer
country: Germany, United Kingdom, Serbia, Netherlands
year: 2014
running time: 82 min.


Five years ago, the whole world watched the trial of Radovan Karadžić. But what is the story of the man who defended the Serbian war criminal and who defended Slobodan Milošević? The filmmaker looks not only at the reasons that led Marko to act as defense counsel, but also explores the often negative reactions from his surroundings and the chilling impact that the study of war-related documents and the search for the truth has had on him. The result is a portrait of a Serbian lawyer who at one point had left his native country because of Milošević and whose professional as well as private life has been significantly shaped by the trials.

Ten years was enough. I’ve seen enough bodies, torn off arms, slit throats. It turns you into stone, it kills you off emotionally.


A Belgrade native, Aleksandar Nikolic studied computer graphics in London. He has worked as an editor and sound engineer for BBC and PBS, and currently works as a screenwriter and director, having directed several short films.

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director: Aleksandar Nikolić
producer: Gregor Streiber
photography: Aleksandar Nikolić
editing: Aleksandar Nikolić
music: Enrica Sciandrone
sound: Nikola Medic
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