The Chaotic Life of Nada

A clueless mother with her little autistic daughter on a disastrous trip around Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Year: Postproduction 2016

Estimated Running time: 120 min (aprox)

Format: 16:9

Country: México, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Language: Bosnian

Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

© Marta Hernaiz Pidal México, 2016


Clueless, disoriented, unable to finish what she starts, always doing a thousand things at once, but with a deep desire to get out of her country and change her life. Nada, a single mother who just realized that her daughter has autism spectrum symptoms, will undertake a trip around the Balkans to reconcile with her past and accept her new destiny.


Director's Statement

The Chaotic Life of Nada

"There is no need to go somewhere to find ourselves lost"


In this world of Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, advertisements and TV programs, I find myself completely lost. I have lost my sense of image and what its purpose is.

It seems it would be better to remain silent or even try to disconnect ourselves. I have an information overload that makes me dizzy and pulls me back from reality. Thus, as one of my characters, sometimes I feel that I have some grade of autisum spectrum disorder.

I have been living the last two years in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a very different place from my homeland, México, where I have started a process of reflection and change. I could say my stay in Sarajevo has been a rite of passage in my education as a filmmaker; it has given me a new perspective on life. Now, through this new outlook, I am interested in portraying the reality I find myself in. This is why I want to play in the border between fiction and documentary, creating a solid structure based not only on my personal experience, but mixing my actresses' lives with the moments that we encounter on our way. All films are fiction and documentary at the same time, however I want to explore this concept and discover what it has to offer. Joining these characteristics, I want to create a universe with its own traits. Through montage, “mise en scene” and a touch of humor, I want to describe this "small chaos" that we create many times in our daily lives and how we deal with it, since daily life is how we forge our destiny.

Hava is the autistic child of my main character and she loves to turn around in circles until she is dazed and lightheaded for fun. This re- minds me of labyrinths, which change our minds through repetition, crossroads, turns, doubting and confusion. In labyrinths, you get lost to find yourself. "The chaotic life of Nada" aspires to be a labyrinthine journey where the main characters find their own way out.

Cast and Crew


Aida Hadžibegović-Đombić

Hava Đombić



Producer: Cine Vendaval

Script: Marta Hernaiz Pidal, Aida Hadžibegović-Đombić

Directed by: Marta Hernaiz Pidal

Executive Producer: Marta Hernaiz Pidal, Jorge Bolado

Producer: Alen Ljubuncic, Marta Hernaiz Pidal

Production Coordinator (Mexico): Rosa Galguera

Cinematography: Jorge Bolado

Sound Designer: Jorge Bolado

Sound on Set : Daniel Loustaunau

Music: Jorge Bolado

Editor: Marta Hernaiz Pidal

Assistant Camera: Luciano Pérez Savoy, Pilar Palomero

Assistant Editor: Rosa Galguera

Set and Prop Designer: Safet Đombić

Montenegro Porduction Unit: Branko Djurovic, Zemir

Still Photographer and Making of: Graeme Cole

Screening List

This film is in post production


* Film Contact:

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© Marta Hernaiz Pidal, México, 2016