Srdjan Keca

Selected Work

Museum of the Revolution (2014)

3-channel video installation

2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture - Pavilion of Serbia

In 1961 a daring design by Vjenceslav Richter was chosen for the building of the Museum of the Revolution of Yugoslav Nations and Ethnic Minorities.

In his exposé, Richter stated that the purpose of this museum was "to safeguard the truth about us". Over decades, changes of site, financing and legislature led to delays and the eventual abandonment of the project. The foundations and underground level of the Museum remain, a testament to the tribulations of Yugoslav and Serbian society of the past half-century.

The 3-channel video installation takes these remains, and Richter's original ideas, as its points of departure.

Director, cinematographer, editor: Srdjan Keca | Assistant director and sound recordist: Radisa Cvetkovic | Sound postproduction: Jakov Munizaba

Mirage (42', 2011)

documentary | experimental

Best Central and East European Documentary - Jihlava IDFF 2012
Best Documentary, London Short Film Festival 2012
Cottbus Discovery Award, Cottbus Film Festival 2011

Winner, Pravo Ljudski Film Festival Sarajevo 2011
Best Film up to $10,000, Cinema City International Film Festival 2012

"A sumptuous visual exploration"Sight & Sound

At the edge of a city growing from the desert, a man plays alone on a golf course. Another, sleepless, sends a letter from a labour camp to his wife in Kenya. A sand storm hits a construction site, and the locals hold a strange celebration. The city of Dubai and its surrounding desert here become a set for a visual exploration of displacement, and the longings and desires of their inhabitants.

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Directed, produced and filmed by: Srdjan Keca | Editing: Simon Bullen | Sound postproduction: Tom Drew | Original music by: Jon Wygens | Colorist: Belgin Kaplan

A Letter to Dad (48', 2011)

documentary | essay

Official Selection - IDFA 2011
Official Selection - Full Frame Documentary Festival 2012

Best Balkan Documentary, Dokufest 2011
Best Serbian Documentary, Beldocs 2012

"[Keca's] attention to detail reveals a brave attitude and the courage to investigate deeper than the words his subjects say" -Vladan Petkovic, DOX

"Keca (...) traverses past and present, weaving some kind of bridge between the two with his lens." -Pamela Cohn

"Here is a director looking for a truth he does not seem to have found before making his film." -Moritz Pfeifer, EEFB

The filmmaker, trying to make sense of the way his father chose to die, opens several boxes, all that is left behind. The forgotten photos, letters and home videos take the film back to 1970s Yugoslavia, when his parents became lovers. But the journey through the years, to family members, lost friends and places, reveals the lingering horrors of the recent Balkan wars still tearing people and families apart.

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Directed, produced and filmed by: Srdjan Keca | Editing: Katherine Lee | Sound postproduction: Tudor Petre | Original music by: Alcyona Mick | Colorist: Belgin Kaplan

Escape (23', 2013)

documentary

Official Selection - DOK Leipzig 2013
Official Selection - Sarajevo Film Festival 2013
Official Selection - Dokufest 2013

Three stories of three Roma women from the Balkans: one runs away from her parents and schooling to get married; one struggles to raise a little girl on her own after her husband abandons them; one tries to escape from a life of abuse and illness.

Directed, produced and filmed by: Srdjan Keca | Editing: Jelena Maksimovic | Sound recordist: Davor Keca | Sound postproduction: Jakov Munizaba | Original music by: Molo

The First Step (7', 2013)

experimental | documentary

Commissioned by Festival Delle Lettere, Milan, Italy

A recorded conversation with a man standing on the edge of a bridge in London is the starting point for this exploration of the night in the city. In the depth of the night a sense of common fragility emerges, only to be denied us as dawn approaches.

Directed and produced by: Srdjan Keca | Cinematography: Oskar Kudlacik | Editing: Eduardo Serrano, Srdjan Keca, Sara Stojkovic | Original music by: Geoff Hannan

The Real Social Network (76', 2012)

documentary

Screening in universities, occupations and festivals worldwide.

"Go occupy the cinemas and see this film." - i-D Magazine

A feature documentary following 6 months of the biggest student movement in the UK since the 1960s. Not a film about activists, but a film showing people becoming activists, getting radicalized by witnessing and experiencing the response of the government and mainstream media to peaceful protest. This is a collaborative project that uses live action footage, television archive, YouTube clips and animation to highlight the use of modern technology in organising protest.

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Directed by: Srdjan Keca, Isis Thompson, Ludovica Fales | Produced by: Gavin Humphries for Quark Films | Editor: Adelina Bichis | Music: Jon Wygens, Alcyona Mick and Stay+ | Sound designer: Jay Price

The Secret Life of Objects (28', 2011)

documentary | commercial

Commissioned by Farley, this is a look at the antiques and props that make the film sets of virtually all of the UK film industry and a large portion of Hollywood productions. Featuring the props themselves (who wake up at night and have a party) and interviews with key designers and set decorators such as Stephenie McMillan (Harry Potter, The English Patient) and Peter Young (Superman, Batman, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

 

Directed and produced by: Srdjan Keca | Cinematographer: Stil Williams | Sound recording: Xan Márquez Caneda

After the War (46', 2006)

documentary

Grand Prix, Mediterraneo Video Festival 2007
Sony Best Student Film, Astra Film Festival 2007
Audience Award, DokumentART 2006
Golden Black Box, Balkan Black Box Festival 2006

High up in the mountains of Kosovo live the Gorani, a small Islamic people of Slavic origin, with no country of their own. The Kosovo war of '99 brought unrest into these fable-like parts and lives of the people, pushing them away in search of a new life. The ones who remain tell their stories — before the winds carry them away.

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Director, camera: Srdjan Keca | Producers: Srdjan Keca and David Solomon | Production company: Atelier Varan Belgrade