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Guardians of the Formula

Guardians of the Formula

Original name: Guardians of the Formula
English name: Čuvari Formule
Year: 2023
Run time: 120 Min
Language: Serbian, French
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Serbia, Slovenia, Montenegro, North Macedonia
Director: Dragan Bjelogrlić
Producers:Goran Bjelogrlic, Dragan Bjelogrlic, Dragan Solak
cast: Alexis Manenti, Radivoje Raša Bukvić, Lionel Abelanski, Ognjen Mićović, Anne Serra, Jérémie Laheurte
Screenplay: Vuk Ršumović, Ognjen Sviličić, Dragan Bjelogrlić
Cinematographer: Ivan Kostić
Editor: Milena Predić
Sound Designer: Igor Popovski, Ivan Neškov
Music Composer: Aleksandar Ranđelović
Production Company: Cobra Films
World Sales: Cobra Films


  • Locarno IFF 2023
  • Sarajevo IFF 2023
  • Sao Paulo IFF 2023
  • Tallinn Black Nights FF 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2021 Toma
  • 2014 See You In Montevideo
  • 2010 Montevideo, Taste Of Dream

Director's Biography:

 Dragan Bjelogrlic

Dragan Bjelogrlic is one of the greatest Serbian actors, directors, and producers. Among a successful acting career that lasts 40 years, he dedicated the last two decades to producing and directing movies and TV shows. His 3 directed films have participated at more than 100 international film festivals.


October 1958, the Cold War is at its peak. The fear of a nuclear war is growing every day. Working on a secret experiment at the state nuclear institute in Yugoslavia, a group of young communist scientists led by Prof. Popović get irradiated with a lethal dose of uranium. Under the veil of secrecy, they are sent to Paris to the Institut Curie clinic for experimental medical treatment headed by Dr. Mathé. Dr. Mathé who is a fiery adversary to nuclear weapons feels a genuine contempt for the work endeavours of Prof. Popović and his team. On the other hand, they doubt Mathé’s true intentions to cure them. As they are left with only days to live, the medical team still has no solution. Dr. Mathé proposes to perform the first-ever human bone marrow transplant. Is it an experiment with human lives or does he truly want to help? Based on a true story.