Directed by Zrinko Ogresta

Oscar entry of the 89h Academy Awards

Special Mention Europa Cinemas Berlin Film Festival 2016

Premiered at Berlin International Film Festival 2016 - Panorama

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Synopsis         Vesna is a middle-aged visting nurse in Zagreb. She goes about her quiet daily life: babysitting for her son, helping her daughter to prepare for her wedding. Out of the blue, she gets a call from her husband Zarko, who left his family on the eve of the war to fight for "the other side". His reappearance sends her carefully reconstructed life in a tailspon, endangering her new identity...


Cast                     Ksenija Marinković, Lazar Ristovski, Tihana Lazović, Robert Budak, Toni Šestan, Tena Jeić Gajski

Credits                Director: Zrinko Ogresta

                             Screenplay: Mate Matišić, Zrinko Ogresta

                             Cinematography: Branko Linta

                             Editing: Tomislav Pavlic

                             Music: Šimun Matišić, Mate Matišić

                             Art Direction: Tanja Lacko

                             Costume Design: Katarina Zaninović

                             Producer: Interfilm (Ivan Maloča)

                             Co-producer: Zillion film (RS) (Lazar Ristovski)


Original Title   S One Strane

Language        Croatian

Genre               Drama/ Thriller

Length             85 mins

Format             DCP, colour


Berlin Film Festival 2016 - Official Selection, Panorama (Germany), Special Mention Europa Cinemas / Belgrade Film Festival 2016 (Serbia), 3 awards / Hong Kong International Film Festival 2016 (HK) / Transilvania International Film Festival 2016 (Romania) / Festival Al Este de Lima 2016 (Peru) / Artfilm Fest (Slovakia) / Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival 2016 (Czech Republic) / Festival International de la Rochelle 2016 / Five Lake Film Festival 2016 / Montenegro Film Festival 2016 / Sarajevo Film Festival 2016 (Bosnia)/ Espoo Ciné Int'l Film Festival 2016 (Finland)/ BFI London Film Festival 2016 (UK)/ CinEast 2016 (Benelux)/ Warsaw Film Festival 2016 - Special Screenings (Poland)/ Al este de Lima Buenos Aires 2016 (Argentina)/ International Film Festival Tofifest 2016 (Poland)/ Cambridge Film Festival 2016 (UK)/ CPH PIX 2016 (Denmark)/ 9th Panorama of the European Film 2016 (Egypt)/ European Film Forum Scanorama 2016 (Lithuania)/ Arras Film Festival 2016 (France)/ Thessaoniki International Film festival 2016 (Greece)/ Ljubljana International Film Festival 2016 (Slovenia)/ Stockholm International Film Festival 2016 (Sweden)/ Cinedays 2016 (Macedonia)/ Bratislava International Film Festival 2016 (Slovakia)/ Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2016 (Estonia)/ Segovia's European Film Festival MUCES 2016 (Spain)/ International Film festival of India Goa 2016 (India)/ European Union Film Showcase 2016 (USA)/ International Film Festival of Kerala (India)/ Chennai International Film festival 2017 (India)/ Palm Springs Film Festival 2017 (USA)/ Santa Barbara Film Festival 2017 (USA)/ Bengaluru International Film Festival 2017 (India)/ Let's CEE Film Festival 2017 (Austria)/ Chicago European Union Film Festival 2017 (USA)/ A l'Est du Nouveau 2017 (France)/ Cleveland International Film Festival 2017 (USA)/ 30th Finale Plzen 2017 (Czech Republic)/ More to be announced...



"The perils of the past keep echoing through the cinema of the present, and On the Other Side is the latest film to contemplate the contemporary consequences of historical conflict. In Croatian filmmaker Zrinko Ogresta’s seventh feature, a Bosnian war survivor reluctantly reconnects with the man who forced her to fear for her safety, flee her home, and forge a new life. That he happens to be her husband significantly complicates matters. Ogresta doesn’t just make her characters confront their multifaceted situation, but, almost by stealth, makes the viewers face the many sides to every story as well." Screen International  --Read Full Review here--


Zrinko Ogresta (b. 1958, Virovitica, Croatia), screenwriter and director, graduated in 1982 from the Department of Film and Television Direction at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. He was already earning kudos with his short films, which received a number of awards. He debuted with his feature film Fragments (Krhotine, 1991), nominated for a European Film Award. His filmography includes Washed Out (Isprani, 1995), Here (Tu, 2003, Special Jury Prize at KVIFF 2004), and, most recently, the psychological drama Behind the Glass (Iza stakla, 2008). His films are known for their strong visual style and well-articulated mise-en-scènes which gradually uncover the anxieties and traumas of characters hiding behind the façade of their contented middle-class existence. He currently teaches film direction at his alma mater and he is a member of the European Film Academy.