Heavens Above

by Srdjan Dragojević

Nebesa, 2021, coproduction, fiction, digital DCP, c, 122 min

Stojan (Goran Navojec) is as dull and simple as he is kindhearted. When a freak accident while changing a light bulb puts a glowing halo above his head, he quickly becomes the new attraction around town. His strong-willed wife Nada (Ksenia Marinkovic) isn't at all amused about the unwanted attention from their neighbors. After several tries, nothing can remove the shining annoyance and turn her husband back to his former unremarkable self. Stojan, the unwilling saint, begins to like his new lifestyle and quickly turns to sinister crimes... HEAVENS ABOVE is a dark comedy told through three stories of one family and spanning over three decades (1993, 2001, 2026). The film explores the impact of miracles on modern society. Numerous characters reappear, intertwine, and affect each other's destinies in increasingly bizarre circumstances. Director Srdjan Dragojevic delivers a wild and grotesque perspective on post-socialist Yugoslavia, that succeeds in showing the dark side of progressive thinking patterns.

Srdjan Dragojević (1963, rs) director/scriptwriter/producer. Well-known for his outspoken views and to-the-point filmmaking. His films bring together real life political issues and art in a way rarely seen. Dragojević directed the following fiction features: The Parade (2011): Berlinale – Winner Panorama Audience Award, Winner Siegessäule Award, Special Mention Ecumenical Jury Award; Saint George Shoots The Dragon (2009): Montreal FF– Best Artistic Achievement Award, Official Serbian Entry for Foreign Oscar 2010; The Wounds (1988): Stockholm IFF – Grand Prix Bronze Horse Award, Thessaloniki IFF – Fipresci; Pretty Village, Pretty Flame (1996): Sao Paulo IFF – Grand Prix, Stockholm IFF – Grand Prix Bronze Horse, Fort Lauderdale IFF – Best Foreign Film, Thessaloniki FF – Audience Award Festival D’Angers – Jury Grand Prize, Minneapolis FF – Grand Prix , Moscow FF – Golden Knight for Best Film; We Are Not Angels (1992): Umbria FF – Grand Prix Award, Perugia 1993 – Crystal Prism.

Locarno Film Festival, International competiton, 2021

First Place Young Jury (Locarno Film Festival, 2021)

Srdjan Dragojević
Srdjan Dragojević
Biljana Prvanović, Srdjan Dragojević
Heino Deckert, Vladimir Anastasov, Angela Nestorovska, Eva Rohrman, Darija Kulenović Gudan, Predrag Kalezić, Srdjan Šarenac, Marija Perović
director of photography
Dušan Joksimović
music composer
Aleksandar Randjelović
film editor
Petar Marković
production designer
Jelena Šopić
costume designer
Tatjana Strugar
key make-up artist
Sandra Ivatović
sound designers
Julij Zornik, Ognjen Popić
Goran Navojec, Ksenija Marinković, Bojan Navojec, Nataša Marković
Delirium films
Ma.Ja.De. Fiction GmbH, Sektor Film, Forum Ljubljana, Studio Dim, Montenegro Max Film produkcija, Novi film
Film Center Serbia, Slovenian Film Centre, MDM Mittedeutsche Medienförderung, ZDF/Arte Public Broadcaster, North Macedonia Film Agency, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Sarajevo Cinema Fund, Film Centre od Montenegro, Eurimages
Pluto Film (international sales)


Eva Rohrman