World premiere

Forever Hold Your Peace

Local title
Vaiki igavesti
Original title
Živi i zdravi
Ivan Marinović
Montenegro, Serbia, Czechia, Croatia, North Macedonia, Slovenia
27th Black Nights Film Festival
Official Selection - Competition, Focus: Serbia and SEE* Neighbours
drama, comedy
elderly people, interpersonal relationships, love, hatred, adventures, lifestyle, absurd

“Cock-a-doodle-do! What’s the problem?”

This heartwarming and explosive Montenegrin comedy is not only about a wedding. Charming traditions ironically blend with strict rules, authentic local chants, and crazy customs in a mad reunion. Muted accusations, hidden desires, and repeated flaws ignite a steamy conflict between hating relatives.

Two nights before the wedding day in a scenic village, physiotherapist Dragana doubts whether she really wants to get married. The celebration can’t be cancelled or postponed like the Olympics or the Eurovision. She loved noble Momir once but became displeased by his weaknesses and dutiful following advice on what to do and how to behave. Wise patriarch Leso negotiates one particularly cruel and sweet deal as part of a larger plan to alleviate the shame. Dragana has a problem: she dreams of injuring or rather killing the pathetic Momir! This is not fair, but everything must be lovely.

Ivan Marinović is probably the only Montenegrin, capable of making up such profoundly hilarious situations out of unhappiness, misery, selfishness, envy, illness, alcoholism, and wickedness. His debut comedy “The Black Pin” travelled to 50+ festivals and established the Balkan comic standard. Skilfully penned farce entangles an impressive gang of talented and awarded Balkan cinema stars in cheerful twists, weird drunk jokes, indecent affairs, absurd pranks, and the dance of fake smiles when your soul is just upset.

Edvinas Pukšta

Ivan Marinović
Ivan Marinović
Tihana Lazović, Goran Slavić, Momčilo Pićurić, Goran Bogdan, Snježana Sinovčić Šiškov, Dragana Dabović, Nikola Ristanovski, Mirjana Joković, Dejan Đonović
Marija Stojanović, Ivan Marinović
Dominik Istenič
Michal Reich
Toni Kitanovski
Adriatic Western
Estonian, English
Ivan Marinović

Ivan Marinović (1984) graduated industrial design at Politecnico di Milano in 2007 and received an MgA in film directing at FAMU Prague in 2011. His feature debut “The Black Pin” premiered in Official Competition at the Sarajevo Film Festival in 2016 and was the Montenegrin Oscar candidate for the 86th Academy Awards. He is a member of the European Film Academy and was a two-term president of the Montenegrin Association of Film Directors and Producers. “Forever Hold Your Peace” is his second feature film as a writer/director.

Igla ispod praga (The Black Pin, 2016), Živi i zdravi (Forever Hold Your Peace, 2023)

Grand Prix for The Best Film, grant of 20 000 euros from the city of Tallinn, Award for Best Director, grant of 5000€ from Alexela

Film Center Serbia
Croatian Audiovisual Centre


Chill-Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening100103 / Vaiki igavesti
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Q&A guestsIvan Marinović (Director, Producer, Screenwriter), Marija Stojanović (Producer), Jožko Rutar (Producer), Dejan Krajčevski (Producer), Veronika Kuhrova (Co - producer), Maja Popović Milojević, (Producer), Goran Slavic (Cast), Tihana Lazovic (Cast), Dominik Istenič (Cienmatographer), Toni Kitanovski (Composer)
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Hall Electric Cinema, Tartu
Screening114201 / Vaiki igavesti
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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9th Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening120905 / Vaiki igavesti
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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