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NARRATIVE FEATURE | 90 MIN | 2009

HERE AND THERE

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Meet Robert. He's miserable, middle-aged, out of work, and evicted. When he meets young immigrant Branko, Robert gets an opportunity to score some quick cash: journey to Serbia, marry Branko's girlfriend so she can get a visa, and collect five grand. With a few hundred dollars as down payment, Robert hops a plane to Belgrade and is deposited at the apartment of Olga, Branko's gracious and comely mother. While Branko tries desperately to scrape together the rest of the money in New York, Robert finds Olga's company revitalizing.

Writer/director Darko Lungulov examines the feeling of being a fish out of water in both his home country of Serbia and his adopted New York, where he lived for more than a decade. Lungulov balances two tones in his two storylines—the breath-of-fresh-air sensation in Serbia plays even stronger against the endless frustrating setbacks in New York. Being in chaotic Belgrade is a shot in the arm for a cynical, seen-it-all New Yorker, and actor David Thornton has Robert evolve physically from scruffy and sunken to more clean-cut and pert during the course of his stay. As Branko, meanwhile, Branislav Trifunovic embodies the mix of hope and fear that fills an immigrant trying to carve out his place in a new land.

Film Information
Year: 2009
Length: 90 minutes
Language: English, Serbian
Country: USA, Germany, Serbia
Premiere: International
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: David Thornton, Mirjana Karanovic, Branislav Trifunovic, Cyndi Lauper, Jelena Mrdja, Antone Pagan
Director: Darko Lungulov
Screenwriter: Darko Lungulov
Producers: Darko Lungulov, Djordjije Lekovic, Vladan Nikolic
Director of Photography: Mathias Schöningh
Editor: Dejan Urosevic
Production Designers: Phill Bucelatto, Marija Jocic, Ivana Nikolic
Costume Designers: Zora Mojsilovic, Laura Schwartz
Original Music: Dejan Pejovic
Press Contacts
Special Note

Winner: Best New York Narrative.
As a result, this film will screen two additional times on
Sunday, May 3: 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm.
For tickets, click here.

About the Director(s)
Darko Lungulov (b. 1963, Belgrade, Serbia) moved to New York City in 1991, where he obtained a BFA in film from City College of New York. From 1997 to 2003 Darko was a documentary filmmaker-in-residence and media studies faculty member at the Ross Institute in East Hampton. In 2003 he moved back to Serbia and started a freelance career. His 2004 doc Escape screened at numerous festivals and won the Audience Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

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