BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SARAJEVO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
DOKUFEST - KOSOVO
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
DOKFEST MUNICH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OPENCITY DOC FEST LONDON - *Grand Jury Award*
MESSAGE 2 MAN FILM FESTIVAL - *Grand Jury Award*
“[A] deeply troubling and affecting work, Depth Two doesn’t just discuss the ghosts of the past—it looks them starkly, squarely in the eye.” — CineVue
“It was a unanimous decision to give the grand jury award to Ognjen Glavonic for Depth Two, which tells a complex and horrifying story in a truly compelling way. It’s hard to describe the experience of watching this film — at one level it’s a forensic telling of a dreadful story that gradually reveals its secrets, while simultaneously creating a space for reflecting on universal themes of violence and complicity.” — OpenCity Jury
"Depth Two succeeds in measuring truth. The documentary draws on the mechanics of a thriller to reconstruct the atrocities, allowing eyewitnesses from back then to have their say in voiceover, their testimonies accompanied by images from the present. We hear the voices of perpetrators but also that of a victim. People can kill people, but not memories." — Berlinale International Film Festival
In 2001, a mass grave was discovered in a suburb of Belgrade. Soon, more were to be found. "Depth Two" investigates the hidden story behind these horrid discoveries, and takes us back to 1999 and the atrocities committed in Kosovo.
Using the verbal testimonies of perpetrators and victims, Depth Two unfolds like a hypnotic thriller that follows the trail of this untold massacre, in an attempt to uncover and give a voice to stories that are still intentionally buried in silence.
In the director's words: "A memorial is an object that serves to focus our memory on something – a person, an event. It can also be a visual mark, a visual entity that can be created to signify a troubling chapter in history. In 2001, a mass grave containing more than 700 bodies was found on the outskirts of Belgrade. Despite the disturbing proximity of the site of the mass grave to the center of the capital city of Serbia, today, 15 years later, this location remains unmarked. There’s no memorial of any kind, and almost nobody in present-day Serbia even knows about this case or the story behind it. It is still a public secret."
Depth Two is itself a memorial, and a rebellion against historical oblivion.
80 minutes, in Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles. 2016
Directed by: Ognjen Glavonic
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