The Sky Above Us will receive its world premiere as part of IFFR Live, completing the line-up for the inaugural simultaneous live screening event. Directed by first time feature film director Marinus Groothof (The Netherlands), The Sky Above Us tells the story of three Serbian nationals trying to continue their daily routines during the 1999 NATO bombing of Belgrade. The Sky Above Us is represented by sales agent Doc & Film and produced by CTM Pictures.
Simultaneously to the world premiere of The Sky Above Us at the festival on Wednesday January 28th, Dutch telecom provider KPN will stream the film live on Interactive TV in The Netherlands and offer its subscribers the opportunity to view the film and participate in a live Q&A session via Twitter free of charge. After the premiere the film is accessible on KPN’s VoD platform during the festival.
The Sky Above Us is an authentic, contemporary drama revolving around the bombing of Belgrade in 1999. Every day Ana (Nada Šargin), Sloba (Boris Isakovic) and Bojan (Nikola Rakocevic) put their lives at great risk, simply by going to work. Their jobs are in or next to the national television building in Belgrade, which has become a strategic target for NATO bombings owing to the ongoing civil war. All three face their fears, in order to hold on to their ordinary lives. But 'ordinary' has ceased to exist some time ago.
On making the announcement Festival Director, Rutger Wolfson commented: 'The Sky Above us was part of the co-production market at CineMart in 2011, so we are thrilled that following its development at IFFR the film is now returning to make its world premiere here. In addition, it will be part of one of the most exciting initiatives of the last few years here at IFFR – IFFR Live and we know audiences across Europe will love the film.'
Marinus Groothof, director of The Sky Above said: 'I was deeply touched by the story of a Serbian friend, who told me about her experiences during the NATO bombings in Belgrade. The way people managed to mentally survive that period kept fascinating me. The Sky Above Us studies the way ordinary people maintain their daily routines, while imprisoned in a violent and absurd situation. I am very proud that my film will have its world premiere at IFFR and to be part of such a great initiative as IFFR Live.
IFFR Live will beam a series of five film premieres during the festival simultaneously to more than 34 cinemas and VoD platforms across Europe in territories now confirmed as the UK, Italy, Spain, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia and the Netherlands. As previously announced Atlantic. by Jan-Willem van Ewijk (The Netherlands), Erbarme dich – Matthäus Passsion Stories by Ramón Gieling (The Netherlands), Speed Walking by Niels Arden Oplev (Denmark) and Melody by Bernard Bellefroid (Belgium) for IFFR Live.