A sensitive, steadfast Belgrade-based visionary struggles to cope with the abuse and violence that ended an eight-year marriage. Through provocative acts of endurance exploring intimacy, motherhood and the trauma of the Balkan wars, artist Marta Jovanović seeks to confront, release and liberate her own pain in the name of art. Robert Adanto's BORN JUST NOW is an intimate look at a charismatic woman, a brilliant outlier, who dares to live on her own terms.

  • Robert Adanto
    The F Word, City of Memory, Pearls on the Ocean Floor, The Rising Tide
  • Anthony E. Zuiker
    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • Robert Adanto
    The F Word, City of Memory, Pearls on the Ocean Floor, The Rising Tide
  • Marta Jovanović
    Key Cast
  • Michael Gonzalez
    The F Word
  • Lazar Bogdanović
  • Daniel Cole-Parés
    The F Word
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 24 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 30, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    150,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    France, Serbia, United States
  • Language:
    English, Serbian
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  • BELDOCS International Documentary Film Festival
    May 11, 2018
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Arte Non-Stop International Cinema and Art Festival
    Buenos Aires
    September 27, 2019
    South American
    Best Feature Documentary Film; Official Selection
  • Obskuur Ghent Film Festival
    October 25, 2020
    Best Documentary Film
  • The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival
    United States
    June 6, 2020
    New York
    Outstanding Feature Documentary and Official Selection
  • FECIP: Portoviejo Film Festival.
    June 14, 2020
    Winner, International Documentary Feature Film Award; Official Selection
  • Glendale International Film Festival
    United States
    October 18, 2020
    West Coast
    Finalist, Official Selection
  • International Documentary Film Festival (Interdoc)
    Russian Federation
    May 1, 2020
    Russian Premiere
    Finalist Feature Documentary; Official Selection
  • On Art Film Festival
    July 22, 2020
    3rd Place Finalist; Official Selection
  • Prishtina International Film Festival
    July 20, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Paris Lift-Off Film Festival
    October 25, 2020
    Official Selection
  • R.E.D. International Film Festival
    July 6, 2020
    Honorary Mention Feature Film; Official Selection
  • Alexandre Trauner ART/FILM Festival
    October 13, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
    Fort Lauderdale
    United States
    November 4, 2018
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Arpa International Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 19, 2020
    Los Angeles
    Finalist; Official Selection
  • Twin Cities Film Fest
    United States
    October 22, 2020
    Official Selection
  • WRPN.TV Docs Without Borders
    United States
    August 23, 2020
    Winner, Excellence in Human Spirit Award
  • BLOW-UP Chicago International Arthouse Film Festival
    United States
    November 9, 2020
    Finalist, Official Selection
  • Southeast European Future Festival
    United Kingdom
    September 15, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Art Palm Beach
    West Palm Beach
    United States
    September 25, 2019
  • Pompano Beach Cultural Center Montage Film Series
    Pompano Beach
    United States
    September 26, 2019
Director Biography - Robert Adanto

A fellow of the Sundance Institute Documentary Program, Robert Adanto earned his MFA in Acting from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. His most recent film Born Just Now, which offers an intimate look at Marta Jovanović, a Belgrade-based artist struggling to cope with the violence that has ended an eight-year marriage, was awarded Best Documentary at the 2019 Arte Non-Stop International Film Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Produced by Anthony E. Zuiker, the film made its world premiere at BELDOCS International Film Festival in the former Yugoslavia and has been an Official Selection at the Prishtina International and Fort Lauderdale International Film Festivals, respectively. Robert made his directorial debut with The Rising Tide (2008), a feature-length documentary exploring China’s meteoric march towards the future through the words and works of some of the Middle Kingdom's most talented photographers and video artists, including Wang Qingsong, Cao Fei, Xu Zhen, Yang Yong, and Chen Qiulin. Shot in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen in the summer of 2006, this unflinching and incisive study captures the confusion and ambiguity that characterize the new China. “An often surprising and thought-provoking documentary,” wrote WICN’s Mark Lynch, “The rest of us better make an effort to grasp what their work is about, or get out of the way. An “eye-opener” in every sense of the word, if you are an artist, curator or art teacher be sure to catch this film.” Pearls on the Ocean Floor, his second film, examines the lives and works of Iranian female artists living and working in and outside the Islamic Republic. It features interviews with art luminaries Shirin Neshat, Shadi Ghadirian, Parastou Forouhar and others, and captures the uncertainty of this momentous time in Iran's history. Pearls on the Ocean Floor was an Official Selection at the UK Iranian Film Festival in London, The Glasgow International Film Festival, and received the Bronze Palm Award for Best Documentary at the 2011 edition of the Mexico International Film Festival and the Spirit of Independents Award at the 2012 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. In 2014, he completed City of Memory, a film exploring Hurricane Katrina's impact on the lives of New Orleans' visual artists, including Deborah Luster and Tameka Norris. The New Orleans Film Society invited Mr. Adanto in August of 2015 to present City of Memory at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in association with The Rising, an exhibition commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Later that year, The F Word, Robert’s documentary exploring radical “4th wave” feminist performance in Brooklyn, and feautuing Narcissister, Ann Hirsch and Leah Schrager, was presented as part of the Guerrilla Girls' Twin City Takeover in Minneapolis at the Walker Art Center and at Dallas Contemporary, in association with Black Sheep Feminism: The Art of Sexual Politics, an exhibition probing the work of four radical feminist artists active since the 1970s: Joan Semmel, Anita Steckel, Betty Tompkins, and Cosey Fanni Tutti. Robert’s films have enjoyed screenings at over 40 international film festivals and have been presented at the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., the National Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow, The MFA Boston, LACMA, The Hammer Museum, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and The National Museum of Australia in Canberra, amongst others. He is currently living in New York City where he is working on an animated non-fiction film with producers Laszlo Santa and Dirk Manthey.

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