Ivana the terrible


Inspired by a personal crisis from when the director was finishing her first feature, Ivana the Terrible introduces Ivana (Mladenović), a Serbian actress based in Bucharest, as she arrives by train in her native town, Kladovo, on the Serbian bank of the Danube. It soon becomes apparent that the young woman is not well, and even though the tests show nothing and the doctors insist she is actually fine, Ivana’s way of dealing with the crisis wreaks havoc on her family. An affair with a much younger man (Luka Gramic) and an unexpected offer to be the face of a local festival intended to celebrate the Serbian-Romanian friendship push Ivana even further into very troubled waters.


Ivana MLADENOVIC (1984, Serbia) studied Law in Belgrade and then moved to Romania where she studied film directing at the National School of Film and Theatre (UNATC) in Bucharest, receiving both her BA and MA. Her short student films were shown and awarded at various film festivals around the world. In 2012, Mladenovic’ first feature-length documentary Turn Off the Lights premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and won the Heart of Sarajevo Award for Best Documentary and Gopo Award for Best Romanian Documentary. In 2016 she made her debut as an actress in Radu Jude’s Scarred Hearts. Soldier. Story from Ferentari(2017) was her first fiction feature. With Ivana, the terrible she won the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival and the Golden Pram at the Zagreb Film Festival. 

  • Ivana Mladenović
  • Romania, Serbia
  • 2019
  • Doc.
  • 86’
  • Sub. PT/ENG



Focus Romania
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