Vera i Eržika (Vera and Eržika)

Film program
30/5 2021 7 pm

Direction, screenplay: Želimir Žilnik; Cinematography: Arpad Nemet; Editing: Margita Nemet; Cast: Vera Miladinović, Erzebet Jakab. YU, 1981, DCP (16mm), in color, 75 min., Serbian with English subtitles

The two protagonists of the film, Vera and Eržika, have been working for the Trudbenik textile factory in Pančevo since they were thirteen. Now that they are about to retire, they face numerous problems and misunderstandings. According to the newly adopted law regarding pensions, only work from the age of fifteen is recognized. In order for the two of them to retire, they need to complete two more years of work, but Vera and Eržika want the first two years to be taken into account instead. Starting from this problem as the source of the dramatic conflict, the film shows the emotional states of the protagonists, their families and their communities (one being Serbian and the other Hungarian), their relationships with their colleagues, and the various officials with whom they try to speak.

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