11/03/2011 09:11

Up to 10.000 Bucks Selector: Srdjan Koljevic

Talking to Srdjan Koljevic

At Cinema City 2011 you’ll be the selector for Up to 10.000 Bucks selection. Have you ever been in a position of selector, and what message would you send to young film authors who wish to apply for Up to 10.000 Bucks programme?

The most important criterion on which I will base my selection is whether a film is entertaining and absorbing in some way. This, of course, does not mean films should be pretentious, just the contrary; every selector wants to be wooed, charmed or surprised by the film. Therefore, I expect charm, intelligence, wittiness, freshness, a personal touch, or at least one of these attributes. It is, as I understand it, the whole point of low budget film selection. Having said that, films also shouldn’t be too long. A golden rule that more is less often applies. Films can never be too short. Or, as Billy Wilder told Andrei Konchalovsky (who was concerned his film would be too short if he goes with Wilder and cuts out everything Wilder suggested): nothing can be too short except life (and one other thing), everything else can only be too long.

Your film „The Woman With a Broken Nose“ was an absolute winner at last year’s Cinema City festival, equally accepted by both audience and jury. What are your impressions of the festival after a time delay of less than a year?

„The Woman With a Broken Nose“ had a very nice festival life, with dozen awards and it still lasts. From Karlovy Vary, Raindance in London, Grand Prix in Zurich, Montpellier award, a fair reception at Palm Springs, Seville, to Warsaw and just tonite, it will be screened at a festival in Sofia, after that, in April, it will screen at Vilnius, Copenhagen, Lecce and New York. All of it began at Cinema City, which is the only festival in the country where international jury assesses our films, which is a great principle, especially when a selection of jurors is comprised of people who have an insight into the concept of domestic and international contemporary film. On the other hand, the greatest potential of Cinema City is its numerous and passionate audience, which is another aspect that make this festival of vital importance when our modern cinematography is in question. Screenings are exciting and that is why audience award, next to jury and critics’ award, meant so much to me.

At the moment you’re working on a new film project which, after „The Woman With a Broken Nose“, the audience eagerly expects. Can you reveal to us something more about this new film?

My new directorial project is still in infancy. I’m writing a screenplay with my wife Melina and all I can say for now is that it will be a „woman’s story“, that is to say, a story from a female perspective. I guess that is so because I always found Serbian women to be more intriguing and more attractive for film adaptation than Serbian men. At the same time, Srdan Golubovic commenced the shooting of „Circles“, the screenplay for which was written by my wife and me. So, it is the same team that made „The Trap“. It is an intertwined story taking place in three cities, a drama on noble and positive side of human nature, which exists despite everything. The film stars Nikola Rakocevic, Aleksandar Bercek, Nebojsa Glogovac, Leon Lucev, Hristina Popovic, Vuk Kostic, Boris Isakovic...