Speak so I Can See You

A film by

Serbia, Croatia, Qatar | 73' | 11/2019 | documentary

Conjuring reality and wonder, “Speak so I Can See You” takes us to a seemingly different era, by exploring the world of Radio Belgrade. One of Europe’s oldest radio stations and a true institution of the city, the station still broadcasts original programming and helps keep history, culture and critical thought, as well as ever- relevant questions about ourselves and the world, from slipping out of memory and mind.
Set at the intersection of an observational documentary and a unique sensory experience, the film conjures everyday scenes at the station and immersing interludes exploring the relationship between sound and the space it inhabits. Through a synesthetic blend of sounds, words, notes, echoes and light, we are taken into a unique cinematic soundscape that doubles as a love letter to radiophonic art and its disarming insight into what makes us remember, understand, think, discover, and feel.

“the documentary is rich in these brilliant moments [...] thus immersing the viewer in quite a unique cinematic experience. And, commendably, it also leaves some room for irony.”
Square Eyes - IDFA BLACK OS19
“the documentary is rich in these brilliant moments [...] thus immersing the viewer in quite a unique cinematic experience. And, commendably, it also leaves some room for irony.”
Square Eyes - IDFA BLACK OS19

Marija Stojnić

Biography

Marija directs films that blur borders between documentary and fiction and treats her narratives as a non-linear, complex and fragmented. She is a The New School for Media Studies in New York and Academy of Arts in Belgrade alumna. Her recent projects focus on cultural heritage, ancestral music and experimental sound, an interest derived from her background in music as a traditional Serbian music vocalist.
In 2016, Marija founded production house Bilboke in Serbia. She is a guest lecturer and a member of DokSerbia, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in category Film/Video for 2015 and Instituto Sacatar in Brazil fellow for 2017 in the same category. Since September 2019, together with producers Andrijana Sofranić and Miloš Ivanović, she’s been running SET SAIL FILMS, a film company in Belgrade.

Filmography

  • Speak so I Can See You – 73’ – 2019
  • Girl who Opposed the Sun – 24’ – 2014
  • Between Dream and Dream – 23’ – 2008
Square Eyes - Director - Marija Stojnic - Square Eyes

Crew

Director: Marija Stojnić
Producer: Bilboke: Marija Stojnić, Miloš Ivanović
Co-production: Set Sail Films, Restart
Cinematographer: Dušan Grubin
Sound design: Ivan Zelić
Editor: Kristina Poženel, Ivan Vasić

Festivals

  • International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the Netherland (20 November – 1 December, 2019)
    IDFA First Appearance Competition
  • MoMA’s Doc Fortnight, United States (5 – 19 February, 2020)
    Official Selection

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Press materials

EPK: Click here

Stills, poster & director’s photo: Click here

Dialogue list English: Click here

Downloadable trailer: Click here

Press quotes

The film that took the top of my head off was Speak so I Can See You, by Serbian filmmaker Marija Stojnić. It’s on another planet from character-driven narrative, in a good way.”
IDFA 2019: Telling Truths and Meeting Friends – Patricia Aufderheide 


“Meanwhile, other parts are imbued with a rather original, “disturbing” mood, where the blend of voices, sounds, echoes and lights recalls the aesthetics of horror films, accentuating the movie’s strong synaesthetic power. In general, the documentary is rich in these brilliant moments, which all contribute to shedding light on decades of Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav history, as witnessed by the radio station, thus immersing the viewer in quite a unique cinematic experience. And, commendably, it also leaves some room for irony.”
Review: Speak So I Can See You – Davide Abbatescianni

 

Interview: Marija Stojnić • Director of Speak So I Can See You – Vladan Petkovic