Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Loving Glances
(Sjaj U Ocima)

Year: 2003
Country: SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO
Run Time: 97 minutes

Dedicated to Rene Clair, Srdan Karanovic's comedy finds melancholy and robust humor in the aftermath of the civil war and genocide in the shattered Adriatic states. One needn't be a refugee to be lonesome, but it helps, as Labud could attest. In Belgrade with nothing but a plastic bag of personal belongings, the young man hides his unpopular Serbian heritage (the reason he can't get a visa to seek his beloved fiancee, long-fled to Chicago) and signs with Happy Milennium, a haphazard matchmaking service. Eventually Labud decides to pursue a romance with an upwardly-mobile Albanian named Romana, even though she seems quite beyond his reach. Our hero is lonely, but not alone; ever present in Labud's eyes and ears are an invisible, quarrelsome host of dead or lost friends and relatives, still fighting yesterday's battles, still determined to meddle in his affairs...and in Romana's as well. For it turns out that she has her ghosts, too. (In Serbian with English subtitles)

Screenplay
Srdjan Karanovic

Producer
Milko Jodifov, Zoran Cvijanovic, Mike Downey, Sam Taylor

Cinematography
Radan Popovic

Editing
Branka Ceperac

Principal Cast
Senad Alihodzic, Ivana Bolanca, Jelena Dokic, Gorica Popovic, Milena Dravic, Boris Komnenic

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