Kaoticni Zivot Nade Kadic by Marta Hernaiz was presented at the 16th FICMBy: Juan Roilan Salgado Z. y Gustavo R. Gallardo
With the presence of director Marta Hernaiz, Mariana Rodríguez -sound design- and Paco Espinal -producer-, the film Kaoticni Zivot Nade Kadic (The Chaotic Life of Nada Kadić), which is part of the Mexican Feature Film Section of the 16th edition of the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) was presented at a press conference. The post-production was completed with the Impulso Morelia 2 award, which she won in 2016.
Kaoticni Zivot Nade Kadic (The Chaotic Life of Nada Kadić) tells the story of a confused and disoriented single mother, who plans to change her life. After discovering that her daughter has symptoms of autism, she makes a trip through the Balkans to reconcile with her past and accept her new destiny.
In a Q&A session, the team related the process they had to map for the realization of this film with a tight production. It was totally filmed by a Mexican team in Bosnia and Herzegovina and post-produced in our country. “I studied a master’s degree in film Béla Tarr’s school in Sarajevo and just after leaving I thought that the best way to conclude that stage of my life and studies was to make my first feature film,” said the director.
One element that defined film’s fate was the participation of Aida Hadžibegović and her daughter, Hava Đombić, who suffers from autism; this became a point of reference for the making of the film. “It was a shock, children, and people with autism suffer a lot of exclusion. Hiring a girl actress would be an exclusion, so I decided to include her instead. Although the film does not address autism directly, they need to adapt to this situation that they were living,” said Hernaiz.
The competition screening of the film took place in the afternoon. There, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Batel, vice-president of FICM, said, “We are very pleased to have you here, it is the culmination of that project that came a couple of years ago”.
“I started here, and it could end here, so it is the most appropriate place to show it for the first time in Mexico. ‘Nada’ not only means the opposite of everything, it means ‘hope’ in Bosnian, which is the language of the film, and I hope you like it very much,” said the director.