BELGRADE: Dara in Jasenovac / Dara iz Jasenovca, Serbia’s application for the Oscars 2021 in the “Best International Feature Film” category, will be available for theatrical distribution in the USA on February 5, 2021. The WWII drama directed by Predrag Antonijević is distributed by Studio 101.
This feature is based on testimonials from survivors and is about a little girl (Dara) who is taken to the Jasenovac Holocaust extermination camp, one of the concentration camps of the Croatian fascist organization Ustaše, to which the Serbs were sent after the Kozara Mountain Offensive.
Dara in Jasenovac / Dara iz Jasenovca is an entirely Serbian production produced by Dandelion Production Inc in co-production with Film Danas and Komuna. It was supported by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia and the Film Center of Serbia.
The script was written by Nataša Drakulić. The DoP of the film is Milos Kodemo. The key characters are played by Biljana Čekić, Anja Stanić Ilić, Zlatan Vidović, Nikolina Friganović, Nataša Ninković, Vuk Kostić, Marko Janketić, Igor Đorđević, Tatjana Kecman, Bojan Žirović and Jovo Maksiovićs. The film was produced by Predrag Antonijević and Maksa Ćatović.
Distribution in Serbia is planned for April 22, 2021. The local distributor is MCF Megacom Film. The film originally premiered in early 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of prisoners’ escape from the camp. It was postponed to October and then postponed a second time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.