The Sky Above Us

Category: Feature film
Writer/director: Marinus Groothof
Producer: CTM Pictures 
Co-producers: Entre Chien Et Loup / Art & Popcorn / Heretic
DOP: Ruben Impens
Editor: Alain Dessauvage
Sound: Ferry de Pater
Screenplay: Original

Every day Ana, Sloba and Bojan put their lives at great risk, simply by going to work. Their jobs are in or next to the national television building in Belgrade, which because of the war has become a strategic target for NATO bombings. All three force themselves to deal with the fear, in order to hold on to their ordinary lives. But “ordinary” has ceased to exist some time ago.

The actress Ana (35) wants to stay loyal to the theatre she loves dearly, but which is located next to the TV building. Although secretly terrified, she keeps compelling herself to go. To escape from reality, the hip youngster Bojan (23) immerses himself in the club scene with its sex, drugs and house music. Broadcast technician Sloba (46) has sent his wife and son to safety out of town, but has stayed behind to earn their livelihood. That’s his mission and nothing can deter him from it.

Every night Belgrade transforms from a vibrant city into a military target. While the bombs fall from the sky above, Ana, Bojan and Sloba struggle with the question: How can I survive, while staying sane in an insane world?  

Director / Writer Marinus Groothof

After finishing his studies in cinematography on the Dutch Film Academy in 2004, Marinus engaged himself in the writing and directing of short films. His second short film Morning to Noon, which he also produced, won second prize at the NBC Universal Shocking Shorts contest. NBC immediately acquired the broadcasting rights for the film.

In 2009, his short film SUNSET FROM A ROOFTOP was awarded Best Short Film at the Dutch Film Festival. It was also the Dutch entry to the Academy Awards of that year. In 2010 Marinus attended the European Producers Workshop EAVE as a writer for his first feature film The Sky Above Us. This project has also been awarded the Kodak NPP Development Award at the Holland Film Meeting. In 2011 Marinus was selected to attend the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Directors Programme at the Binger FilmLab, again with this project The Sky Above Us. He has also represented The Netherlands as a young director at EFA’s A Sunday in the Country and was a member of the jury at the Dutch Film Festival. His short film Mirroring won Best Short Film at the Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival in 2011.