Love & Other Crimes

Ljubav i drugi zlocini
Director: Stefan Arsenijević

Thirty-something Anica (Anica Dobra) feels restless in her dead-end life with an older man and small-time mobster in Belgrade. Milutin’s (Fedja Stovanovic) caring affection for her isn’t enough, Anica longs for true love. She has secretly decided to finally leave the country for good and start anew. Tonight she’ll empty Milutin’s safe of protection money and leave everything and everyone behind. Today is a very big day for Anica. She has a lot to do as she anticipates the moment when she’ll part with her imperfect life – telling her grandmother goodbye, giving overdue beauty tips to a girlfriend. What Anica doesn’t now is that today is also an important day for those around her. A day for numerous confessions, confrontations and revelations. Milutin must ponder his own feelings as a single parent of a mute teenage daughter (Hanna Schwarborn). Milutin’s young right hand man Stanislav (Vuk Kostic) is having a busy day himself handling skirmishes with competitors and dealing with his emotionally fragile singer mother (Milena Dravic). But it’s sensitive young thug Stanislav’s confession of love to Anica which could change everything on this very day…

Stefan Arsenijevic’s first feature film Love & Other Crimesis an excellent look at the rapid change in Serbia during recent years, and it is also a very relevant film for Lithuania today, as this film suggests an ironic image of society living through rapid economic and cultural transition. Love & other crimes is so comprehensible and familiar that this story could have been filmed in Šilainiai or in Fabijoniškės...

Opening film in Kaunas International Film Festival 2008.

The director Stefan Arsenijevic will be presenting Love & Other Crimes in Kaunas.

Award: “Best Film”, Sofia International Film Festival, 2008.
Section: Identity

Screenplay: Stefan Arsenijević, Bojan Vuletić, Srdan Koljević

Dir. of Photography: Simon Tansek

Producer: Herbert Schwering, Miroslav Mogorovic

Cast: Anica Dobra, Vuk Kostić, Fedja Stojanović, Milena Dravić, Hanna Schwamborn