Upon her arrival at an institution for people with mental disabilities, Maria becomes fast friends with the equally fiery Dragana. When it becomes clear that they are both in love with the more withdrawn Robert, their relationship is upset and gradually grows into a dangerous game of hide-and-seek to win him over. Being condemned to a lifetime of hiding away from society, the three teenagers’ profound longing for independence and human connection takes hold. Driven by the newfound feelings of desire and envy, their impulsive actions topple the delicate balance preserved by the institution’s stifling rules and spill over into confrontation and desperate measures for any way out.
Set in an actual institution and featuring its young residents in their first ever attempt at performing, THE USERS takes us into a world that we all look away from, in order to tell a powerful story about what it means to be alive, needed and loved, and how life will always find a way to burst through the cracks.
2020 – Serbia, Slovenia, The Netherlands, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Directed by: Ivan Ikić
Written by: Ivan Ikić
Cinematography by: Milos Jacimovic
Edited by: Dragan Von Petrovic
Cast:Marijana Novakov, Tijana Markovic, Valentino Zenuni, Milica Djindjic, Sasa Strugar, Marusa Majer, Goran Bogdan
Producers: Milan & Marija Stojanovic
Co-producers:Miha Cernec, Derk-Jan Warrink, Koji Nelissen, Adis Djapo, Amra Baksic Camo, Antoine Simkine
Produced by: SENSE Production
Co-produced by: Tramal Films, Kepler Film, Les Films d’ Antoine, SCCA/Pro.ba