Forever Hold Your Peace

by Ivan Marinović

Živi in zdravi, orig. Živi i zdravi, 2023, fiction, co-production, digital DCP, c, 90 min

Two days before her wedding the bride says she will not do it even though everything is ready and everyone knows about it. Leso, the merciless patriarch of the groom’s family, offers this to the rebellious bride: Go forward with the bloody wedding, go through the motions and then go wherever you want the next day. She accepts. The offended groom still hopes she will stay. The traditional wedding includes a series of absurd steps, steeped in alcohol, gunfire and dynamite. This farcical event also brings the worst of their personal anxieties into play.

Ivan Marinović
Ivan Marinović
Marija Stojanović, Ivan Marinović
Veronika Kuhrova, Ankica Jurić Tilić, Dejan Krajčevski, Jožko Rutar
director of photography
Dominik Istenič
film editor
Michal Reich
production designer
Dragana Baćović
costume designer
Magdalena Klašnja
key make-up artist
Martina Šubic
Tihana Lazović, Goran Slavić, Momir Pićurić, Goran Bogdan, Snježana Sinovčić Šiškov, Sejdo Alijaj, Nikola Ristanovski, Mirjana Joković, Dejan Đonović, Dragana Dabović
Adriatic Western
Sense Production, Analog Vision, Kinorama, Krug Film, SPOK Films
Slovenian Film Centre, Film Center Serbia, Czech Film Fund, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, North Macedonia Film Agency, SOUTH EASTERN EUROPE CINEMA NETWORK, Portronovi Resort, Turistička organizacija Herceg Novi, Občina Herceg Novi, Eurimages, Creative Europe - MEDIA

SPOK Films
Jožko Rutar

Ivan Marinović

An award-winning Montenegrin director, screenwriter and producer Ivan Marinović (1984) graduated in industrial design from the Polytechnic University of Milan (2007) and received a master’s degree in film directing from the famous Prague film and television academy FAMU (2011). His debut feature The Black Pin premiered in 2016 in the Sarajevo Film Festival’s Competition Programme. The film was screened at over 45 international and regional festivals, where it won ten awards, including Best Film, Actor, Actress, Screenplay, Set Design, etc. The film was also a Montenegrin Oscar candidate for 86th Academy Awards. Ivan is a co-writer of HBO Adria’s show The Island, which is currently in development. He was a guest lecturer at FAMU Academy in Prague and FIOFA Film Institute in Ohrid, and he held Master Class lectures at Chapman University in California. Forever Hold Your Peace is his sophomore feature film.

PÖFF - Talin Black Nights Film Festival, Official Selection - Competition, Focus: Serbia and SEE* Neighbours, 2023