Guardians of the Formula

Dragan Bjelogrlić

Grand Jury Fiction

Both a stirring Cold War thriller and the true story of the first human bone marrow transplant. A team of Yugoslav physicists is accidentally exposed to a massive dose of nuclear radiation. A Paris oncologist may be the only doctor capable of saving their lives.

October 1958, the Cold War is at its peak. A group of young communist scientists get irradiated with a lethal dose of uranium. They are sent to Paris for medical treatment by professor Georges Mathé. Certain that they were making a nuclear weapon, the anti-bomb Mathé is suspicious. Even more so as the assignment is so shrouded in secrecy that security agents almost outnumber the medical staff.

But then, Mathé sees a chance to test one of his more outlandish theories: he proposes the first-ever human bone marrow transplant. Two donors – a mechanic and a housewife – volunteer to help out. Is it an irresponsible experiment with living humans? Or does he truly want to help them? 

Nominated for the Grand Jury Fiction award
All nominations

Credits

Director
Dragan Bjelogrlić
Producer
Dragan Šolak, Dragan Bjelogrlić
Year
2023
Country of production
Serbia, Slovenia, Montenegro, North Macedonia
Type
Fiction
Duration
120 minutes
Spoken language
French, Serbian
Subtitles
EN
Production company
Cobra Film
World Sales
Cercamon