"Steely, resonant, and Dardennes-esque, FATHER details a complex portrait of a nation, through the journey of a single, determined man." - Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist

"Combines the social realism of a Dardenne brothers heartbreaker with a Capra-like fanfare for the ordinary man." - Allan Hunter, Screen International

In a small town in Serbia, Nikola, a day laborer and father of two, is ordered to give up his children to social services after poverty and hunger drive his wife to commit a desperate act. Until he can provide adequate conditions for their upbringing, the children will be placed in foster care. Despite Nikola’s best efforts and several appeals, social services refuse to return his children, leaving him feeling hopeless. But when Nikola discovers the local administration may be corrupt, he decides to travel across Serbia on foot and take his case directly to the national ministry in Belgrade. Against all odds and driven by love and despair, this father refuses to give up on justice and his right to raise his children. (Dekanalog) 

Festivals, Awards & Nominations

Winner - Panorama Audience Award, Berlinale 2020