Death of a Man in Balkans / Smrt čoveka na balkanu (Serbia, 2012)

directed by Miroslav Momčilović, black comedy, 80 min, eng subtitles
written by Miroslav Momčilović
with Emir Hadžihafizbegović, Radoslav Rale Milenković, Bojan Žirović, Nataša Ninković, Anita Mančić

A lonely composer commits suicide in front of his computer web camera. When his neighbour Aca enters the apartment after hearing the gun shot he becomes the first witness. Therefore, he stays in the apartment to wait for the police but they are stuck in a traffic jam and, as the time goes by, many other neighbours show up. While waiting and to pass the time, they drink, eat and play chess, evoke memories of him, pity him and praise his music, but somehow cannot remember his name. Several unexpected visitors, including an undertaker, a real-estate agent and a pizza delivery guy, also arrive at the apartment and all this is recorded by the webcam of which they are not aware.
Finally they welcome the police and forensic officers who reveal the fact of the recording web camera. From that moment the situation and relations between the surprised randomly assembled group become different and they try hard to justify their previous statements and actions.
A funny portrait of the Balkan mentality seen by a static webcam.

Karlovy Vary IFF 2012 (Independent Camera Award)