Tea Tupajic was seven years old when the civil war in the former Yugoslavia reached her hometown Sarajevo. The scars the war left play a major role in her work as an artist. She asked Dutch war veterans Frank and Harm to spend a night in conversation with her. The empty theater gradually darkens. Tupajic wants answers to some painful questions, but she also tries to discover something in the two men that can give her hope.
A woman, a man, and a camera: through this simple set-up, Darkness There and Nothing More concentrates all attention onto the words, gestures, and acts in these two meetings, often captured in tightly framed shots. Despite a shared longing for some kind of deliverance, the frames show a dialog between two worlds that simply won’t combine. Harm carries a huge sense of guilt, while Frank is entirely locked off from his emotions. Tupajic tries to explain that none of her family and friends, despite being alive, really survived the war. Are they ever going to understand each other’s grief?
Official Selection Envision Program IDFA 2021
Nominated for the IDFA Award for Best First Feature and the IDFA Award for Best Dutch Film

Director: Tea Tupajic
Production: Marc Thelosen and André Schreuders
Co-production:  Simone van den Broek
Cinematography: Jean Charles Counet, NSC
Editing: Albert Markus
Sound: Marc Schmidt
Sound Design: Roel Meelkop
Screenplay: Tea Tupajic
Production: Anouk Houtman
Production: Annemiek Munneke
Gaffer: Dick Merx
Grading: Laurent Fluttert
Coach: Joost Seelen
Supported by: the Netherlands Film Fund, City of Rotterdam visual arts, NPO Fund

(C) 2021 seriousFILM & AS Film in co-production with Basalt Film

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